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Introducing Artistic Encounters!

By Robert Bauer | June 13, 2016 |

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 VIP reception for members to mingle with the guest of honor. This time, the guest speaker was Jason Seiler who is a phenomenal painter and artist from Chicago. He decided to do a digital painting demonstration during the reception. Projected up large on a screen was the caricature he was painting while members socialized and drank over the 3 hour reception. Jason interacted with members as he painted. They asked questions and the artist would respond, all while painting a guest who was ecstatic about being painted by him. The atmosphere was very unique and enjoyable. It was from this experience that I came up with the idea to offer a similar service for cocktail receptions, corporate events, fundraisers and other related functions in which an award-winning artist could paint a guest or host while engaging with attendees during the event. Think of it; as an added feature to your hi-end event, an award-winning artist sets up and does a live painting of the host, guest-of-honor or a winner’s favorite celebrity which can then be used for a charity auction once it is finished! 7 months later, we have put the finishing touches on our brand new service with our new web page featuring 6 incredible artists who you can now book for your function anywhere in the U.S. or abroad. I am very excited about this new service and I am looking forward to seeing what these artists can do for our clients. Check out the page and Let me know your thoughts!

Bridal Show Season!

By Robert Bauer | February 2, 2015 |

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!

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

By Robert Bauer | December 15, 2014 |

 

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

 

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Whimsical Occasions Bridal Show at The Inn at St. John’s

By Robert Bauer | October 13, 2014 |

 

 

 

Here are some more examples from a recent bridal show we drew at over the weekend.  This time it was held at the Inn at St. John’s in Plymouth, MI.  It’s a beautiful venue for weddings. Dozens of guests waited to be drawn for FREE by Robert during the show.IMG_6729IMG_6730 IMG_6731

Wedding Caricatures!

By Robert Bauer | April 16, 2014 |
Of all the caricature events that we are hired to draw for, wedding receptions are the fastest growing venue for the past 3 years. We’ve drawn at over 100 wedding receptions in that time. We’ve drawn caricatures at 40 weddings in 2014 alone. Amazing! For every bride that calls us to book us saying that they’ve seen caricatures at someone else’s wedding, we still meet people at bridal shows who have never even heard of this idea. It’s a great fit, actually. Guests love to hang out nearby and watch as we draw their friends and relatives. Everyone gets a good laugh and many go home with a memorable keepsake from the wedding that they will always have. As a policy we always allow the bride and groom to cut in line whenever they want their caricature. It’s a courtesy we offer them so that they can get back to their guests as quickly as possible. The rest enjoy watching the artist’s drawings take shape while they wait for their turn. Here’s a tip; make sure to have the location supply plenty of chairs for your guests to sit, wait and watch. It makes it a far more enjoyable experience like a piano bar instead of waiting in a cue like the DMV!
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