Mark Gutierrez and Laura Schoppa draw caricatures

About Us

Mark “Gootz” Gutierrez and Laura Schoppa have been drawing – at live events and gift caricatures – for over 20 years. With a solid foundation in cartooning and ability to achieve quick likenesses, they – and other members of their team – are often booked for events in the Washington DC area. SketchfacesDC is based in Alexandria, Virginia.

If you are looking for:

  1. An artist (or multiple artists) to draw caricatures for events in Washington DC, Virginia or Maryland, or neighboring regions, including live digital caricatures
  2. An artist to draw a gift caricature from a photo

Sketchfacesdc has you covered!

Visit our sketch diary and our facebook page to check out recent work!

To learn more, drop us a note.


“We had a GREAT time with Mark!”

~ Diana J., Ritz Carlton (Employee party – 2016)


“Hi Laura- you did an awesome job. Thanks so much for the cool caricatures.”

~ John C., Chiltern International (Digital caricatures at a conference – 2016)


“Everyone loved the caricatures! Thanks so much for joining us and staying late.”

~ Becky M., Facebook DC (2015 Holiday Event)

“Laura & Mark: Thank you very much for making our party a success. Mark was great! Everyone was impressed with his excellent artwork and engaging personality. We would love to have him come back for future celebrations. We have hired other artists in the past, but you guys are the best!”

~ Brad D. (2015 Baby Shower)


More Testimonials »

Mark Gutierrez drawing caricatures at a Bar Mitzvah in Reston, Northern Virginia

Mark “Gootz” Gutierrez

Mark has been drawing as a professional illustrator and caricature artist for over 20 years. Originally from Southern California, he started drawing as a kid and could sit for hours sketching dinosaurs. Mark attended Mt. San Antonio College, concentrating in art. Later, he grew interested in caricatures and studied the work of MAD Magazine’s Jack Davis. Mark brings his out-going personality to events, and he is extremely adept at multi-person group caricatures (he drew this site’s background image!)

Mark’s sample classic caricatures »
Mark’s sample digital caricatures »


Laura Schoppa

Laura says: “I don’t exaggerate as much as I ‘cartoonify’ my subjects!” Laura has been drawing caricatures for over 20 years. Laura spent her childhood in Japan, California and Texas. Like Mark, she started drawing as a kid, and one of her biggest inspirations is MAD’s Tom Richmond. She attended Washington University in St. Louis with a concentration in illustration and graphic design and earned a Bachelors of Fine Art. Laura is energized by practicing her craft and strives to continue to evolve as an artist.

Laura’s sample classic caricatures »
Laura’s sample digital caricatures »