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Andy Willis

Caricaturist from Chicago, IL - Will travel up to 10 miles
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$100 - $2100 per event
With 45 years experience in caricature, portrait, and illustrative art, I must admit I really love this work. I have worked for over eleven years at Chicago's biggest tourist destinations and events. I take a very positive approach to caricature and guarantee a strong resemblance. You will see yourself in the drawing. The professional training I received was based on classical curriculum which is a huge asset when creating a caricature or portrait that actually looks like the subject. I am used to performing under any conditions except pouring rain. Having 100 curious onlookers checking out the progress only adds to the fun. Professionalism to me means not just showing up on time but having the skill set that will wow the client. Working at top speed I can produce a quick party caricature in 2 minutes, which means everyone on the guest list will be happy.Given about 10 minutes per person and there will be a full color drawing that will be a treasure for the person receiving it. I strive to do humorous caricatures that can go from mild to wild depending on preference but never hurt the models feelings. It's all about an enjoyable experience. For custom work like a caricature or portrait of individuals being honored or celebrated at the event I cant make arrangements to work from photos sent via email. Such custom work needs a bit of lead time and is contracted in addition to the event itself. For instance, if a birthday boy happens to be an avid golfer, hunter, or napper, I can capture him in his natural habitat doing what he loves best. These types of custom caricatures become treasures in the home. If you desire a more serious portrait of the subject, that can also be arranged.
Traditionally working in a number of media I am always willing to give a little instruction to aspiring artists in the group and offer encouragement.
My work can also include portrait silhouettes cut with scissors from black paper and mounted in a photo frame mat. Silhouettes are a lot of fun and entertaining to see when being created. People tend to take them a little more seriously as keepsakes. Cutting a silhouette usually only takes 5 minutes or so.
Recently I have added a new feature to my performance...instant melodies. Since I have been a working musician for 30 years I am able to offer a personalized on the spot tune created just for the subject of the drawing or silhouette. Using a harmonica and the iPhone I can record a video or audio file to go with the art. This can be part of the fun too. Kids especially like tunes created and associated with their picture. Believe me, each tune is different and reflective of the personality involved. I believe this is one of the first times this has been offered in the world of caricature. All that has to happen is for you to request me to bring the harmonica since no elaborate equipment is necessary.
I look forward to being the artist you choose for your next event.
Silhouette Artist
Baby Showers
Bar Mitzvahs
Happy Hours
Bachelorette Parties
Bat Mitzvahs
Bridal Showers
Bachelor Parties
Halloween Parties
Birthday Parties (Kids)
Birthday Parties (Adult)
First Communions
Luau Parties
Wedding Ceremonies
Wedding Receptions
Engagement Parties
Family Reunions
Rehearsal Dinners
Please note Andy Willis will also travel to Cicero, Berwyn, Oak Park, Forest Park, Hines, Lyons, Riverside, Brookfield, Maywood, River Forest, Summit Argo, Carol Stream, La Grange Park, Bellwood, Bedford Park, Melrose Park, Westchester, Burbank, Bridgeview, Hillside, Hinsdale, Hometown, La Grange, River Grove, Stone Park, Western Springs, Berkeley, Franklin Park, Justice, Norridge.