Commonly Asked Questions

(1) How much does it cost to get a caricature?
(2) How many photos should I send?

(3) What kind of photos should I send?
(4) Can I e-mail my photos to you?
(5) Do you ship out of state?

(6) How long will it take?
(7) What forms of payment do you take?
(8) Do you provide matting or framing?
(9) Can you get this done faster so I can get it framed?
(10) Why do portraits and caricatures cost less at amusement parks and fairs?

11) Which medium should I choose, and which is better, black and white or color?
12) Can you draw the picture in the middle of a large sheet so we can sign our names around it?

13) What's the difference between a caricature and a portrait?


(1)  How much does it cost to get a caricature?
     That all depends on the type of caricature you order! There are several options, but you can find the list of mediums and prices HERE

If you are interested in portraits, the prices are found on the portraits page:

 

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(2) How many photos should I send?
     The more the merrier! It's better to have more than one photo to get a better idea of how the subject looks in three dimensions. I can draw from a single photo, but sending at least two (or more) photos will result in a better caricature or portrait.

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(3) What kind of photos should I send?
    Details of the face of the person need to be clear. Blurry pictures or photos taken from a great distance (such as a group picture) provide little help for doing an accurate depiction of a person. I prefer using digital photos, but traditional prints can be used (I'll scan them and return them to you).

     For best results, the person should be set against a light colored background so the head/hair shape can be clearly seen. If parts of the head are cut off or blocked, that also may be a problem for creating an accurate drawing. See some samples of good photos.

      If sending prints instead of digital photos, please send only original photos or digital prints on photo paper. If you plan to send prints from your ink jet printer, then please e-mail the digital file to me instead. 

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(4) Can I e-mail my photos to you?
     Yes. I prefer jpg files and it is helpful if you rename your photos with your last name so they don't get confused with other client photos. Faces in photos should be clear and large enough to see the details of the face. Please do not shrink photos down. I can handle large files, so that's not a problem.

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(5) Do you ship out of state?
     Yes! I've had clients from Guam to New York City and points far and wide in between. You may choose Priority Mail (add $10.00) or next day delivery via FedEx (add $30.00) or you may provide a FedEx or UPS account number if you wish.  International orders or large sizes will require additional postage fees as needed.

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(6) How long will it take?
     Orders are processed in the order they are received and turn around time depends on the size of the order and current work load. A lead time of at least two weeks is recommended. Rush orders requiring less than two weeks can sometimes be squeezed into the schedule and are subject to an additional fee.

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(7) How are prices determined and what forms of payment do you take?
     Prices are determined based on complexity and usage.  Caricatures for reproduction for such uses as apparel, promotional materials and commercial websites are priced slightly higher because a copyright release is given to allow for reproduction as the client sees fit.  Pre-payment is required for all internet orders and can be made by money order, check or direct deposit, or with a credit card using Paypal (it's free!) 

See Paypal.com for more info.

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(8) Do you provide matting or framing?
     I'm sorry, but I'm an artist, not a framer!  However, my common sizes are easily framed with do-it-yourself framing that you can find at department or hobby stores.  

     If you are wanting a caricature for people to sign, I suggest using a wide matte and having the guests sign the matte so the original artwork is not marred by inky fingerprints or stray marks.

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(9) Can you get this done faster so I can get it framed?
     The common misconception is that framers need the artwork well in advance. This isn't always true. If you know the size of the artwork (as you would since you choose the picture size) you can either purchase pre-made frames or purchase custom frames by just the size alone. Since the artwork is custom-made, it can be designed using a predetermined dominant color to match a matte selected in advance.
                                                
     Just as is done with a photo, artwork done on paper can just be slipped into a frame in minutes without professional help in most cases. If this seems to be a concern, you may ask your framer to provide directions and/or to make sure that they give you a frame that has a backing that can be easily opened.

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(10) Why do portraits and caricatures cost less at amusement parks and fairs?
     When "live" caricature or portraiture is done, it's done "in one take" in about five to ten minutes, take it or leave it. Any stray lines or goof-ups are part of the picture and aren't corrected. The artist has total editorial control over the picture's content, color, and size, and the work is not done with top quality materials. Quantity, not necessarily quality, is the main concern for live work.
 
     By contrast, with custom caricatures from photos I seek your approval of a preliminary sketch before finalizing the work. You have the freedom to give ideas on a pose, props and any wording to be included. Unlike a street artist, I take the time to work with you to make sure you are satisfied with the final product. Also I use high-quality materials that will not fade, yellow or curl. You get more and the quality and service are worth the price!

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11) Which medium should I choose, and which is better, black and white or color?
     Each medium has its merits!  The choice is up to you.

     Line art reproduces very well if you are looking for a simple, high-contrast look.

     B/w watercolor is "grayscale", which means it has shading and more subtlety than a linear drawing. It is the most realistic of the black and white media.

     B/w digital can be done in either line art or grayscale, and reproduces much better than scanned art on paper .

     Ink wash plus color is black/white/gray with a spot color or two for effect.  This is not a color drawing, but contains some color for either an antique look or to emphasize a certain color such as a team color in a sports drawing.

     Color Watercolor or Color Digital, of course, are the most realistic and allow the most versatility in choosing  a background and in capturing the nuances of skin tones.  If your budget allows, full color is always the best bet.  The digital medium works better for reproduction, but many people like having a one-of-a-kind original that artwork on paper provides.

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12) Can you draw the picture in the middle of a large sheet so we can sign our names around it?

     For such gifts, I recommend purchasing a matte to use for the signatures.  This will protect the artwork from being marred by errant ink or smudging from too much handling by several people. While I don't do matting, you can buy a matte at a hobby store that will fit the usual sizes that I offer.

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13) What's the difference between a caricature and a portrait?

    Portraits are realistic drawings or paintings of a subject, caricatures are humorous and will contain some exaggerations.  If you are seeking something that "makes me/him/her look good", you should probably choose a portrait.  While I don't usually draw wildly exaggerated or "mean" caricatures (unless asked!), it should be understood that a caricature is a cartoony portrait, not a "glamour shot". 

 

     If you want something more serious, then go with a portrait.  If you want to have a little more fun with your subject and don't mind some exaggeration, then a caricature is the right choice!

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Photo Examples
These are the types of photos that work best

(click to see actual size)

front view off-center view

front and center view

slightly off-center view

 

 

Other questions?

 Call Steve at 614-279-0950

or click here for email address

 

Size Upgrade Fees

Size Options:
Common sizes are 8.5x11", 9x12", and 11x14" but
any size is available.
For larger sizes,
add 5% charge per linear inch over 11"x14" size
.

Typical frame sizes:

14x18"      35%

16x20"      55%

18x24"      85%

24x36"     175%


Digital Sizes:

Unless it is for use on the web, digital artwork 

requires printing using a computer printer. 

Since most home computers only print 

a width of 8.5 inches, sizes larger than 

8.5x11" may require printing via a third party

such as a printer or copy shop. 

Shipping: 

$10.00 for USPS Priority Mail or $30.00 for FedEx next day. 

International orders or sizes over 11x14" may 

require higher shipping fees. Digital orders are 

sent by email and require no shipping fees.

Rush Orders: 

Most orders can be completed within a 

two week period. Projects needed in less

 than 2 weeks may be subject to a rush fee.

Bulk Discount: 

Take an additional $5 off per person if you order 

9 or more people in one drawing!