Learning the Hard Way…

Posted: Sunday, July 12, 2015


When I was a first year art student in college the student services department offered some of the students freelance work for an event planning company. This company was very busy in the summer and they always outsourced for face-painting at $10 per hour, and caricatures at $45 per hour. For me it was a no-brainer! I thought all the students would jump at the chance to do caricatures, for that kind of money, and there wouldn’t be anyone left to do face-painting and I would be stuck doing face-painting. Much to my surprise it was only me and one other student who offered to do caricatures.


After getting assigned to do it I realized that I had never done it to the scale or frequency up to that point. The only experience I had was that I used to make comic strips starring me and my friends all through grade school, middle school, and high school. I figured that this was a good a time as any to learn how to do it on the spot.


That is not how I would really recommend that anyone starting out should get into creating caricatures for events, especially if you have zero experience, but I learned a lot of intangibles the hard way that day and every time I did it for that company that summer. There are a lot of dynamics and things to keep in mind.


That is going to be the focus of these weekly posts. As I mentioned, I learned a lot of things the hard way. I learned the hard way about things like speed, style, materials, and pricing for events and commissions.


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Every face has a story to tell and I want to teach you how to tell it.