Goofy Faces currently represents over 500 individual artists nationwide. Each artist has been reviewed and screened prior to being added to our directory of artist for events. Although each artist can charge a different rate per hour to draw at live events, the national average falls between $125 to $250 per hour. Four factors affect an artist's rate:
Some markets are more expensive than others and artists charge accordingly.
An artist who makes a career out of storyboarding, animating and other illustration disciplines will usually charge more than a part-time artist who likes to draw on their days off.
Veteran artists tend to draw and paint faster and with more confidence and may charge more for their years of experience.
Certain services we offer have a higher hourly rate than others. Live digital caricatures cost more per hour than traditional caricatures.
Find an Artist
To get an accurate quote for you event, give us the zip code where your event
is taking place and we will show you local artists in that area along with their hourly rates,
samples and profile
Feel free to use this event calculator. It will help you decide how many
artists you should book and for how long
How much do caricature artists cost?
Professional caricature artists cost range from $125 - $275+ per hour depending on the artist style, experience and media.
The calculator below is designed to help you gauge how many caricature artists to hire and a cost estimate. Your final caricature artist cost depends on the fees the artist(s) you select charge. Once you see how many artists you need or fit your budget, you can find a caricature artist near you by using our form Find an Artist Near You. For more information about how we estimate costs take a look at our blog post on the topic artist costs.
How do we estimate the number of artist needed?
We recommend you estimate sixty percent (60%) of your guest will request a caricature from your guest artist. So, if you have 100 guests, expect around sixty will participate. Although not everyone will sit for the artist, most of your guests will take time to watch the artist draw caricatures. It’s a fun and entertaining process everyone can enjoy.
On average a caricature artist creates 10-15 black and white faces per hour, about half that number for color caricatures. So, one artist will create 30-45 B&W faces over three hours. If you have one hundred guests, you will need two artists to complete all requests during that time frame.
What if we our guest are couples? Artist work based on the number of faces they draw, so a couple on a single page still counts as two faces. A group of seven people counts as seven faces.
For Gift Caricatures & Studio Work
If you are seeking a caricature as a gift or for your business, you can see rates and order one from our caricature shop. You can also send us an email for a quote.
- Are you seeking B&W or color?
- Faces & bodies or faces only?
- What other details are you seeking in your caricature illustration?
- When do you need it by?
Also, keep in mind that all final caricatures are sent to you via email as a hi-resolution digital file
for you to print out as you see fit.