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California Dreamin’ – Two Reasons Los Angeles is the Place for Family Fun

By Robert Bauer | December 11, 2019 |

Finding the Fun with Caricature Artists and Face Painting in the City of Angels

Will your holiday travels take you to sunny Los Angeles? If so, you’ll find many fun, family activities in the LA area.  Some even have Goofy Faces Caricature artists and face painters to help make your experience truly memorable!

Family Fun with Caricatures at the Aquarium of the Pacific

Visit the new Pacific Visions interactive art gallery and “immersive motion picture experience.” or fan favorites like squid tanks and the Ray Touch Pool. The Aquarium of the Pacific has family fun for all ages.

Girl gets her face painted by a Goofy Faces artist at the LA Zoo.

Frogs, sea jellies, penguins, otters, squids, lorikeets, sharks, turtles, rays, and fish, fish and more fish! With 19 habitats and more than 100 exhibits, this world class-education and conservation center is a must stop on  your LA visit.

Plan to spend the whole day exploring all things under and around water! Capture the fun with a Goofy Faces caricature of your family, or have your face painted at our retail stand outside near Shark Lagoon. You’ll find our artists there weekends all year long and every day during holiday breaks!

Experience a world of plants and animals at the LA Zoo and Botanical Gardens

Two women have a caricature drawn by a Goofy Faces artist.

Explore plants and animals from around the world. Stop by for one – or more – of many daily keeper talks and presentations featuring seals, otters, chimps, gorillas or elephants.  The whole family will enjoy the antics of the baby hippo and baby giraffe. If the timing is right, you may get to see a new baby gorilla due any day! Come back after dark and experience a wonderland of light including “the world’s largest illuminated pop-up storybook, a magical disco ball forest, giant glittering snowflakes,” and so much more at LA Zoo Lights through January 5.

With more than 800 plant species The LA Zoo and Botanical Gardens wants visitors to truly appreciate the “connections between the fauna (animals) and the flora (plants).” Similar to the animals, the plant gardens are arranged by habitat throughout the park.

You’ll find talented Goofy Faces caricature artists and face painters at our retail stand near the main entrance along the pathway before you reach the meerkats. Open every day all summer long and every day during holiday breaks!

Bonus – The LA Zoo and Aquarium of the Pacific have combo pass so you and your family can enjoy both parks at a discounted rate. Click here for more info.

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Four Tips For Hiring a Caricature Artist or Face Painter for Your Holiday Party

By Robert Bauer | November 17, 2019 |

Make the Most of Hiring a Caricature Artist or Face Painter for Your Holiday Party

Fun!”  “Entertaining!”  “Such a great time!”  That’s what your guests will say about your fabulous and memorable company holiday party when you hire the perfect entertainment.

Smart party planners get the most bang for their buck. Hire a caricature artist for your holiday party and you get entertainment and keepsakes all in one! How do you make sure your guests have a great experience? We asked our team of talented, fun and friendly caricature and face painting artists to answer some questions our clients have about holiday party bookings.

Holiday Party guests enjoying their caricature art.

Your holiday party guests will enjoy showing off their caricature art long after the party is over.

Can my party guests talk to the artist?

Of course! That’s part of the entertainment. All Goofy Faces artists are screened for their ability to interact with the crowd. If they are deep in concentration on a drawing detail, they may not answer your question or comment right away, but they typically don’t mind chatting as they draw.

How much room does the caricature artist need at the party?

People will certainly gather around and laugh along with the artist as they talk about the drawing or face painting. The artist should be visible to the guests, and he or she only needs a 6ft x 6ft space. Good lighting is helpful, but our artists bring their own lamps just in case.

We were absolutely in love with our artist. She was fast, friendly, and efficient. We received many requests to bring her to our future events and the fee was extremely reasonable. I would book from Goofy Faces again in a heartbeat!

J D, Lawrence, KS

How many artists do I need?

Our artists average 10 to 15 faces per hour. We find that about sixty percent (60%) of your guest will request a caricature from your guest artist. If you have 100 guests, expect around 60 will participate. For 60 caricatures, you will need four to six hours of artist time. That may mean one artist for four hours, or two artists for three hours each. Use the Goofy Faces Event Calculator to determine how many artists you need and how long you need them.

Search our directory to see local artists’ rates and examples of their work. You can also order customized paper with your company logo or holiday greeting for a small fee.

Active Face Painter at holiday party

Face painting is great entertainment for your holiday party.

Both artists were amazingly talented and genuinely nice people. We enjoyed having them at our event and would hire them again in a second.

Angela, Southgate, MI

See how easy it is to Hire an Event Caricature Artist Through Goofy Faces

What if the party runs late?

Artists always do their best to accommodate everyone in line, but there may be strict time constraints. An experienced artist (like the ones  you hire through GoofyFaces.com) will let you know if they have a hard stop time and how many more people they can draw before their time is up. This allows you to cut off the line in enough time.

To plan the perfect event, see 5 Tips for Planning Your Company Holiday Party.

5 Tips for Planning Your Company Holiday Party

By Robert Bauer | September 26, 2019 |

A company holiday party is a great way to celebrate successes and promote company loyalty. Of companies surveyed, credit.com says that 73% plan some sort of holiday party.  Here are a few tips to help you plan a fun and memorable event!

Start planning your company holiday party early.

Good venues get booked quickly. Weekend spots tend to fill up faster than weeknights. The holiday season is also a popular time for weddings, so have a backup location in mind when you call your favorite venue. You might need ample parking or easy access to public transportation and ride share services.

Know your holiday party budget.

Credit.com notes that $75 per person is about average. If you have 100 employees and have an employee-only party, your budget should be around $7,500. That includes event venue, food, drinks (unless you have open bar) entertainment, etc. Will it be just employees or are you including spouses/significant others/guests? Costs may vary depending on where you live and whether you include guests. Some companies let employees purchase a “ticket” for their guest at cost.

Match the menu to the audience.

People dressed in holiday outfits with custom caricature from our caricaturist

A Goofy Faces caricature artist is great entertainment for your office holiday party.

Be sure to ask your guests if there are dietary restrictions. Many restaurants and banquet centers can easily accommodate gluten, nut and dairy issues, just ask! If you’re having a sit-down meal, use place cards with different color stickers showing the guest’s choice. For example, you can use red for beef, yellow for chicken and green for vegetarian. Consider a buffet with several dairy and/or gluten-free options. A top-your-own taco or potato bar works great on a buffet!

Determine appropriate attire.

If your office is generally casual, people might enjoy getting dressed up and showing off their glamorous side. If you’re office attire leans toward suits, a “holiday sweater” theme might be fun and get people talking to someone new.

Book memorable holiday entertainment (shameless plug!)

When you hire a caricature artist for your office holiday party, you get both entertainment and a great keepsake! Caricature artists are fun to watch. Not only will you keep your guests entertained – especially if you chose digital drawing with eSketches™ – but the artist also creates unique, one-of-a-kind art for your guests to take home and remember what fun they had! Recent client Jill W. raved about Goofy Faces at her event, “Everyone loves him and his drawings! Would definitely recommend and use again!”

Click here to find the right Goofy Faces Caricature artist for your company holiday party entertainment. Weekends and evenings fill up first so contact Michelle@goofyfaces.com to reserve an artist today.

Why Have eSketches™ at Your Trade Show

By Robert Bauer | August 27, 2019 |

Three Ways eSketches™ Benefit Your Trade Show Booth

Three things you want from your Trade Show Booth are traffic, impact and recall. Your booth has to stand out so people find it. Once they get there, you want them to have a great experience. And after they leave, you want them to remember you. A Goofy Faces caricature artist using eSketches™ is the perfect way to do all three!

An eSketches™ caricature artist can draw traffic to your trade show booth.

Hire a Goofy Faces eSketches™ caricature artist to draw and keep traffic at your trade show booth.

eSketches™ attract people to your booth

“Hey, what’s going on there? Let’s go check it out!”

eSketches™ are caricatures that are drawn and colored digitally, live, at events, trade shows and parties. Artists use a digital drawing tablet to work their magic in minutes. Each eSketch™ takes shape on a large screen that captures attention and draws attendees to your booth!

eSketches™ keep people engaged while at your booth

At most Trade Show booths, people come by, pick up swag, maybe take a quick look at your product or service, collect a brochure and leave. How long does that take? 30 seconds? 90 seconds if you’re lucky. When people sit for a custom caricature drawing, they are in your booth and in a chair for 5 to 8 minutes. This is a great time for your company representatives to connect with them!

We help you choose just the right artist who will keep your guests engaged and interested in what you have to say. Click here for our complimentary concierge artist selection service.

eSketches™ help people remember you

Goofy Faces eSketches™ can feature your company's product or logo.

Goofy Faces eSketches™ can feature your company’s product or logo.

eSketches™ make branding easy. Each finished image can include your company logo and even show the guest using your product! More importantly, since their booth swag features them, you know they will show it to their friends and colleagues – and maybe even keep it in a frame on their desk. What a conversation piece!

In addition, your company will get a link to all the eSketches™ drawn during the event. Now you can share them with your guests, clients and post them to your web site and social media accounts like Instagram, Facebook and Twitter!

If you want to add a cutting-edge artistic element to your next function or event that will attract guests, keep them engaged and help them remember you, call Goofy Faces!

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Drawing in the Motor City

By Robert Bauer | July 17, 2019 |

We Love to Draw in the D!

We’ve had a whirlwind few weeks of drawing in the Motor City this summer so we thought we’d share all of the exciting events we’ve been a part of so far this season.

 

Bark in the Park

Bark in the Park

The Detroit Tigers held another Bark in the Park on June 25th at Comerica Park during a Tigers’ home game. Once again, Goofy Faces was hired to draw FREE caricatures of pets with their owners. This event was sponsored by Pet Supplies Plus and it was a howling success!

 

Hockeytown Draft Party

The Detroit Red Wings brought in Goofy Faces to light up their draft day party with both event caricature art and face painting. Hockey fans were thrilled by both the draft and the art!

 

Yelp! Party

Goofy Faces had an artist on-site drawing live eSketches™ for a huge party sponsored by Yelp! at the Boathouse on Belle Isle. The “Nauti by Nature” event was a benefit to support the Boathouse renovation fund.

 

Nauti by Nature on Belle Isle

Freedom Boat Club Summer Kick-Off

The Freedom Boat Club is nationwide organization that allows its members access to boats from coast to coast, without boat ownership or maintenance! They held a Summer Kick-Off event at Sindbad’s in Detroit and we were there drawing caricatures for guests.  WLLZ’s own Doug Podell broadcast live during the party.

 

The Detroit Fireworks

Once again, UAW-Ford brought in a couple of Goofy Faces artists to draw & entertain school groups and guests during the Ford Fireworks Festival at the UAW Program Center in downtown Detroit

 

Detroit Metro Convention & Visitors Bureau

The DMCVB booked 2 Goofy Faces artists to draw caricatures of guests from the Society of Government Meeting Professionals while they attended a party taking place at The Fillmore. Guests from across the country got to experience the best that Detroit and Goofy Faces has to offer.

 

Detroit Tigers Comerica Park

UAW-Ford Safe Overnight Summer Camp

UAW-Ford hosted a Safe Summer Camp experience at Riverside Marina over the 4th of July weekend with fun and educational outdoor activities. Goofy Faces was hired to provide 2 caricature artists to entertain happy campers with their kids.

 

Goofy Faces books events nationwide and is proud to provide art & entertainment in our home town of Detroit, MI.

Consider adding event caricature art and/or face painting to create a more memorable experience at your next private party or corporate event. Learn more: https://goofyfaces.com/events/

Hiring an Event Caricature Artist

By Robert Bauer | July 9, 2019 |

Hiring an Event Caricature Artist Through Goofy Faces

 

Hiring an Event Caricature Artist

If you’ve never hired an Event Caricature Artist for a party or event, you may not know exactly how to go about it. Here, we’re answering the typical questions we get from customers who hire our artists for bridal showers, bachelor/bachelorette parties, kid’s birthday parties, corporate events and more.

 

What kinds of caricature art can I choose from?

At Goofy Faces, we have several offerings for event caricature. For a more traditional approach, consider having a few artists draw black & white or color caricatures on card stock. For something unique, consider Caricature Coasters. They are smaller and quicker black & white drawings on 4” x 4” thick cardboard coasters. Or, go high-tech and hire an eSketch™  artist, who will work on a digital tablet with a large color monitor where guests can watch the work come to life. Full color prints are provided for each guest!

 

Can I get an event caricature artist in any city in the U.S. through Goofy Faces?

We have artists in most major markets throughout the United States. So if your party is in Miami or Memphis, Detroit or Dallas, we probably have someone nearby. Simply plug in your zip code on our Book an Artist  page to find an artist near you.

 

How many event caricature artists should I hire for my party?

That depends on how many guests you will have at your event and how long it will last. You can count on about 60% of guests wanting to have their caricature drawn. Our artists average between 10 and 15 B&W drawings per hour (one person per drawing), or 5 to 7 color drawings per hour.

Here’s an example for a wedding reception:

 

Hiring an Event Caricature Artist

To do some quick math, if you have 200 guests, 60% of them are getting drawn and the event lasts for 3 hours.


200 guests x 60% = 120 black and white drawings

120 drawings / 10 drawings per hour = 12 hours

12 hours / 3 hours = 4 artists


In this case, we would recommend you hire 4 artists to ensure there is plenty of time to cover the guests who would like a souvenir drawing from your party.

 

Hiring an Event Caricature Artist

How do I hire event caricature art?

This part is super easy. Once you’ve found the artist you’d like to work with on our Book an Artist page, you’ll click on their profile listing to see more details about them, and click the “I’m Interested in Booking an Artist” button. Then you’ll be able to fill out a form to check their availability and get the process started.

 

Of course, you can always call us at 866-886-6640 during our business hours – 9AM to 5PM EST, Monday through Friday, and we’ll answer any questions you have and help you book your event caricature artist.

Caricature Etiquette

By Robert Bauer | June 24, 2019 |

What Your Event Caricature Artist Wants You to Know

Let’s say you’re at a grad party or a wedding reception and there’s an event caricature artist drawing away. People are gathered around, laughing and talking about the drawing. As you’re watching, do you ever wonder what the unwritten rules are? Is it okay to talk to the artist? We spoke to our team of event caricature artists and here’s what they told us.

 

Caricature Etiquette - What Your Event Caricature Artist Wants You to Know

Yes, it’s okay to talk to us while we draw.

At Goofy Faces, all of our artists are screened for their ability to converse with the crowd. We may not answer your question or comment right away if we’re concentrating, but we typically don’t mind chatting as we draw.

 

Don’t get mad; find your sense of humor.

Event caricature art is meant to be satirical. We’re designing a funny cartoon, based on your specific features and your unique personality. It’s not a literal representation so please don’t take offense. In fact, we’ve all had our own caricatures done of ourselves so we know what it is like to be in the other chair!

 

We all have a unique art style.

If you’re looking to hire an event caricature artist, it’s best to find an artist who has a style that you like, rather than trying to push your artist to rework their style to your preferences. That’s just one reason we offer you a portfolio of art to review BEFORE you hire the artist.

Caricature Etiquette - What Your Event Caricature Artist Wants You to Know

 

It’s not as easy as it looks.

Many artists wish our subjects knew that, although it looks easy, event caricature art is actually much more difficult to learn than traditional portraiture. It requires the same degree of understanding of a human face of traditional artistry, but it takes more imagination and a lot more speed.

 

Caricature Etiquette - What Your Event Caricature Artist Wants You to Know

Please don’t ask us to start early or end late.

Unless you’re willing to extend the financial contract, please don’t ask the event caricature artist to start before their scheduled time or work past their set end time. If we’re not too tired, we might do it but the simple act of waiting in line does not mean that we will be able to draw every person in line. An experienced artist (like the ones you hire through GoofyFaces.com) will let you know how many more people they can do before their time is up.

 

 

 

Do you have more questions about hiring an event caricature artist? Start with our FAQ page here: https://bit.ly/GoofyFacesFAQ

A Brief History of Caricature Art

By Robert Bauer | June 17, 2019 |

The Early Incarnations of Caricature

We’re Caricature Art geeks so, of course, the history of the art form intrigues us. Since so many people enjoy getting their caricature drawn, we thought you might find its history interesting, too. While there are pages and pages of historical reference on this art style through the ages, we’re going to give you a brief background of caricature.

Abraham Lincoln Caricature

What is it?

Encyclopedia Britannica defines caricature as:

“ … the distorted presentation of a person, type, or action. Commonly, a salient feature or characteristic of the subject is seized upon and exaggerated, or features of animals, birds, or vegetables are substituted for parts of the human being, or analogy is made to animal actions. Generally, one thinks of caricature as being a line drawing and meant for publication for the amusement of people to whom the original is known; the personal trait is usually present.”

A great caricature artist knows how to look at an individual, determine what features make them unique—like their larger chin, high forehead or unique eye placement—and exaggerates those features to create a stylized, typically humorous, image of the person.

 

Where it began

Did you know that caricature art, also known as satirical art, has been around since our earliest history? Examples of this art form show up in cave murals and Egyptian tombs.  However, it wasn’t until the sixteenth century that the word caricature evolved from the Annibale Carracci and his brother Agostino. The word Caricature was used to describe the exaggerated portraits they sketched in their art school in Italy in the late 1500s.

 

The early incarnations of caricature

Throughout the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries, caricature style was being used as commentary on public figures and politics. Social satire was popular for centuries in Europe and the U.S. As printing technology began to develop in the 17th century, artists could have their work distributed widely on cards and bulletins, which further elevated the art form.

Royal family members, political figures and wealthy celebrities were the primary targets of the satirical artists, who weren’t the least bit afraid of being biting or even cruel in their art.

In the late 1800s and early 1900s, when monthly magazine publications like Vanity Fair were launched, caricature art became even more popular. The artists made statements about cultural and political happenings, gaining huge audiences for their wit and rancor.

Today, with a global political climate that’s as lively as it’s ever been, caricature art is still popular in both printed and online publications.

 

Caricature Artist

The Event Caricature Artist

Many caricature artists “perform” live, creating their artwork at events or entertainment venues. From museums and weddings to boardwalks and beach parties, thousands of artists in the United States currently make a living doing live event caricature art. It’s a position that requires training and practice, which all of our Goofy Faces artists get before they join our team.

Throughout human history, caricature art has been a way to communicate and connect with others. Today, you can hire artists to create custom caricature for your guests at your wedding, retirement party, fundraiser, picnic or any other event. We’d love to provide the event caricature artist for your next party. Get in touch or book an artist here: https://bit.ly/GFGetInTouch

 

 

 

 

Getting Drawn? 5 Things Your Event Caricature Artist Wants You to Know

By Robert Bauer | June 10, 2019 |

Getting Drawn? 5 Things Your Event Caricature Artist Wants You to Know

 

Goofy Faces Caricatures

Caricature art became a form of satirical entertainment in the sixteenth century.  Since then, as event caricature artists have become more commonplace, we’re pretty sure people have wondered what things look like from the artist’s point-of-view.

 

We talked to our team of event caricature artists to find out what they’d like their caricature subjects to know.

 

You don’t have to smile the whole time we’re drawing you. If you’re a little nervous or just want to talk to the people who’ve attended the event with you, no worries! We’ll ask you to smile when we need a reference for the drawing.

 

You don’t have to sit still like a statue. If you’re in the chair, it’s okay to fidget, look around and talk. Just be sure to relax. We’ll ask you to move to a specific position or look at us if we need you to.

 

Goofy Faces Caricatures

Caricature art is meant to be FUN. It’s not a portrait. We exaggerate your features on purpose, so please don’t take offense. And, we’re sorry, but admitting your insecurities beforehand will not lead to a better caricature. If your nose or your chin are part of what makes you look like “YOU,” we’ll use it in the drawing. Our lighthearted style is part of the fun and entertainment of caricature art. Seriously? We’re not making fun of you, we’re having fun WITH you.

 

Every artist has their own style. Subjects should know that every artist has a different style. Some try to make their subjects look cute while others prefer more extreme exaggeration. You’ll get a feel for the event caricature artist’s unique style if you look at their samples BEFORE you sit in their chair. If their style doesn’t appeal to you, it’s probably best to select an artist that better suits your preferences.

 

Goofy Faces Caricatures

We LOVE unique accessories like glasses, patterns and funky earrings. If you have a unique style, we can have even more fun with your caricature. Your signature look—whether it’s your super-stylish glasses, your love of patterns, or your penchant for funky earrings—makes it even easier for us to capture your personality in your caricature.

 

Is there anything else you’d like to know? Send us an email and we’ll do our best to get you an answer!

 

Interested in hiring an event caricature artist for your next event? Start here: https://bit.ly/GFHireanArtist

 

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