BLOG

Hats on for Healthcare

By Robert Bauer | February 16, 2015 | 0 Comments

Recently Goofy Faces ventured across the border into Windsor, Canada to help out at Windsor Regional Hospital’s annual fund-raiser called Hats on for Healthcare. This event raises money for different local, healthcare-related needs in the Windsor-Essex region of Ontario, Canada. This was the second time that Goofy Faces was hired to draw caricatures at this event on February 11th. IMG_7508 IMG_7509 IMG_7511 IMG_7512 IMG_7514 IMG_7515 IMG_7516 IMG_7518 IMG_7517

Bridal Show Season!

By Robert Bauer | February 2, 2015 | 0 Comments

January and February are popular months for Bridal Shows. It’s a great opportunity for brides and grooms to see what’s available out there to enhance their wedding. They can see different venues and vendors while getting new ideas on how to make their special day more unique. Goofy Faces is a vendor at several bridal shows throughout January and February. Below are some photos from the show that took place at King’s Court Castle at Canterbury Village in Lake Orion presented by Here Comes the Bride Bridal Shows. Next Sunday, February 8th, come join us at The Inn at St. John’s in Plymouth, MI for another bridal show presented by Whimsical Occasions. We will be draw free caricatures from 1PM-4PM so stop on by!

IMG_7472 IMG_7474 IMG_7476 IMG_7478 IMG_7480

More Gift Orders

By Robert Bauer | January 27, 2015 | 0 Comments

Here are a few of my favorite caricatures I drew for our customers in 2014. I’m ready for more in 2015! Come on, folks, Valentine’s Day is only 19 days away! Order your own at Goofy Faces Shop1924 Von Allmen-sanfran

1815 McConville-proof1

Hammock2

Tigerfest 2015

By Robert Bauer | January 26, 2015 | 0 Comments

Thousands of Tiger Fans showed up in freezing temps for the annual winter celebration of everything Tigers this past weekend at Comerica Park. This is their chance to meet actual players and receive autographs from their favorite Tigers every January. Goofy Faces was there for it’s 5th straight year drawing caricatures of fans as Detroit Tiger pitchers and batters. Two artists drew attendees for 6 straight hours inside the Tiger Den. They drew over 180 faces in total. Everyone enjoyed getting their faces drawn even though the wait was sometimes an hour long. However, compared to the 2-3 hour wait for autographs outside, most considered it a great deal. Go Tigers in 2015!

 


IMG_7453IMG_7450IMG_7455IMG_7457IMG_7444IMG_7447IMG_7449IMG_7452IMG_7456IMG_7454

 

Happy New Year!

By Robert Bauer | January 20, 2015 | 0 Comments

Welcome to 2015! January tends to be a quieter month for bookings but there are always a few good ones due to so many trade shows like the CES in Las Vegas, The International North American Auto Show in Detroit. Here are some samples from this year’s charity fund-raiser for the Children’s Center in Detroit called AutoGlow. Goofy Faces was hired to provide 3 artists who drew eSketches™ all night for guests. Passersby enjoyed watching each drawing take shape on a large display monitor while the person being drawn received a final print of their eSketch when it was finished. This event takes place at Ford Field on the same night as the NAIAS Charity Preview Event so many well-dressed A-listers attend both. Here are some samples from the party!


IMG_7424koranIMG_7409AaronIMG_7418DaveIMG_7422Corinna

Q: What's the difference between a cartoon & a caricature?

By Robert Bauer | December 29, 2014 | 0 Comments


Q: What defines a caricature vs. a cartoon, or is it one of those things that all caricatures are cartoons, but not vice versa? What actually makes a caricature!?

A: Many people lump them together including many artists. They are very similar and interchangeable in some cases but there are distinct differences between the two. A cartoon is a simplified illustration that has a quick, whimsical style to it. Anything can be drawn as a cartoon whether it’s a person, animal or scenery. A caricature is specifically an illustration of a person drawn in an exaggerated style to play up their distinctive features. Some may argue that an animal or even a car or a house can be drawn as a caricature. But unless you have an original point of reference or know the animal, house or car in question, it’s hard to call it a caricature. When you see a famous face as a caricature and recognize it even without a photo to compare it with, that is a successful caricature. The term, caricature, itself has grown to embody the definition of exaggerated and two-dimensional. “Jack Nicholson now acts like a caricature of himself” is an example of how the word has morphed to mean anything that is over-the-top exaggerated. Although many caricatures are drawn in a cartoon style, many can be very detailed or painted in a serious fashion. Below are two samples of caricatures of me which demonstrate a very cartoon style drawing vs. a more rendered approach.Q1
 
The detailed painting on the left of me by illustrator, Jason Seiler, is a good example of a caricature that is not a cartoon style while the sketch of me on the right, drawn by character designer, Steve Silver, can easily be considered a cartoon style drawing. But in both cases they are considered to be caricatures.

 

Thanks for a fantastic 2014!

By Robert Bauer | December 23, 2014 | 0 Comments

Well we are now in the final 2 weeks of 2014 and as usual, things are finally slowing down just before Christmas.  The month of December is one of our busiest months of the year due to all the holiday party bookings we do. We also get busy illustrating many holiday caricatures as gifts for our customers each December as well. It all makes for a crazy and quick month each year. However, by the final week before Christmas, things get very quiet. Aside from a few New Years Eve bookings, all of our gigs are completed and gift orders delivered for the year. Our artists can finally take a breather and scramble to get there own Christmas shopping done before December 25th. We represent over 300 talented artists nationwide at Goofy Faces. We also have many artists who draw caricatures and paint faces for Goofy Faces at our retail stands throughout the year as well. And we get this opportunity each December to thank all of them for doing such a great job for us over the year.  Thanks to all our hard-working artists for helping Goofy Faces continue to grow. We couldn’t have done it without you. Keep up the great work and we look forward to seeing more in 2015. Happy Holidays, Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

 

IMG_0196_edited-1 2014-08-02 12.40.13 group Artistswatch Half Face-Mardi Gras Full Face Tigerman 2014-06-24 12.59.59-1 IMG_1049 summer-example3

Q: How do I figure our how many caricature artists or hours I need for my party?

By Robert Bauer | December 15, 2014 | 0 Comments

 

Q: I am planning my wedding reception for the summer and love the idea of adding Goofy Faces to the reception for our guests to enjoy! We expect 300 guests. How many hours and/or caricature artists should we book?

A: Many of our clients and customers ask this question. Here is what we do to figure that out; First of all, unless it is a very intimate party with 30 guests or less, it is unlikely that everyone will have enough time to be dawn. But that’s ok. Not everyone wants a caricature. But everyone gets to enjoy watching our artists draw all your guests. Therefore aim to provide caricatures to about 60% of your guests. So, for instance, if you have 300 guests, plan for 180 of them to be dawn.

Next, how many hours do you have to work with? Most receptions tend to have 3 to 4 hours available for the artists to entertain guests. Most caricature artists average around 10 to 15 faces in B&W per hour (or half of that in color). It doesn’t matter whether your guests are drawn individually or as couples. The artist draws faces, so a couple counts as 2. Therefore, each artist is worth about 45 faces in 3 hours or 60 faces in 4 hours.  To reach your goal of 180 caricatures for your guests, we suggest hiring 3 artists for 4 hours or 4 artists for 3 hours. The total price would be the same in either scenario since we book each artist by the hour. Rates vary per artist so make sure to research your choice of artists in our online directory. We also have an online artist calculator you can use to figure out how many artists you need as well.

# of artists X # of HRS = 60% of guest total

 

IMG_6768

Q: Do you donate your services to charities & fundraisers?

By Robert Bauer | December 8, 2014 | 0 Comments

Q: We have a charity that holds an annual fundraiser every July. Would any of your artists be willing to donate their time to help entertain our guests during the event?

A: First off, I applaud those organizers’ efforts who take on the thankless task of soliciting donated services from vendors like us. It can be challenging to ask for donations from service providers who are used to charging for their services. Goofy Faces has participated in many charity events in the past. Some are organized with artists who we book while others I personally donate my own time during my slower months. Unfortunately, not many artists can afford to donate their time for events for free, especially during peak season. Artists make the majority of their income in the summer months, especially each weekend. They also get very busy during the holidays. Coincidentally, this is when many organizations choose to hold their fund-raisers and seek donated help.

If you plan to contact entertainers to help out your cause, avoid using services like Gigmasters since many of us pay your booking fees to be listed on their site. Also keep in mind that as entertainers, all us of are inundated with these kind of requests on a regular basis. This makes it very difficult for us to pick and choose which benefits to consider when we realize that we must give up paid work in order to commit to yours. I suggest a different strategy for your requests.

Instead of contacting artists to see if they can work for free, find a donor or sponsor who would be willing to pay in advance for the artists services in exchange for their business name or company logo preprinted on each sheet of paper they use. This way, charity organizers will have no trouble finding artists willing to work any fundraising event, while a sponsor is recognized for their part in your charity. We have found this method to be far more successful and have booked many charities using this process. Many artists will offer to print up the paper for free and even discount their hourly rate to help your cause.

 

PC-2

Goofy Faces on Art Detroit

Goofy Faces on Art Detroit

Check out the latest episode of Art Detroit where Shiela Grant sits down with me to discuss everything that is the art of caricature! 
Screen Shot 2018-05-18 at 10.37.05 AM

Remote eSketches™ from Goofy Faces

Introducing Remote eSketches™ from Goofy Faces! If you have internet, you can now book a live artist anywhere on the planet. Book a Remote eSketch Artist for your trade show booth, corporate...
Caricature Coasters from Goofy Faces!

Caricature Coasters from Goofy Faces!

Goofy Faces was recently hired by Lear Corporation to help them celebrate their 100th birthday at their headquarters in Southfield, MI. They requested 2 artists for 4 hours. But they...
LiveDigital

The answer for Trade Show Engagement is Live Digital Caricatures

Perhaps the First Practical Business Application of Live Caricatures Most people consider caricatures more whimsical than practical. As beloved as the art form is by those who appreciate an exaggerated...
feature-image

The end of an annual tradition….

12 years ago, I decided to make a full-time business out of drawing caricatures for a living. This was no small task. Very few people make their entire living based on...
artisticencounters-banner

Introducing Artistic Encounters!

Last November I attended ISCACON24 which is the annual convention for the International Society of Caricature Artists. I have been going for over 10 years. One of the highlights is a...
2016-05-06-09.55.42

2016 Youth Summit – Be the Hero!

Over the years, Goofy Faces has had the good fortune to be involved with many great and interesting causes and movements. This Spring was no exception. The Kent County Youth Summit...
IMG_0157

What are eSketches™?

In case you haven't heard, Goofy Faces offers eSketches™ nationwide and they are becoming more and more popular each month. "What are eSketches™", you ask? Good question. eSketches™ are caricatures...
IMG_3805

Awesome News About Glenn!

I am very happy and relieved to report an update to my previous post about my close friend and great artist, Glenn Ferguson. As many of you already know, Glenn...