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Bernie Tennis

Caricaturist from Madison, WI - Will travel up to 500 miles
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Hello, and thanks for checking out my Caricature page! I have been drawing caricatures live at all types of events throughout the Midwest (WI, IL, IA, MN, MI) for over 18 years.
My goals are speed and likeness. I try to produce drawings the subjects would wish to frame and hang. An important part of my performance is in the process, the show, and so I work large, 18X24, with a vertical easel set up for easy viewing by onlookers and those in line. My location usually becomes a gathering spot for socializing. People will crowd around to see the show, line up, and joke and laugh with their friends. It's an opportunity for guests to converse and enjoy a shared activity, a focal point that prompts them to move around and mingle.
My style may be described as 'portrait with a bit of caricature'. I treat people with respect, often engaging them in conversation to elicit natural expressions and keep them at ease. I do my best to see that everyone has a good time and gets a GREAT drawing.
I use Caran d'Ache Neocolor painting crayons, which produce charcoal-like drawings in B/W, but are not dusty and are permanent when applied (no smearing occurs and no fixative spray is required). This medium lends itself to live caricature since large detailed drawings can be produced very quickly (4-5 minutes per person in B/W). I use broad strokes to define large areas, and detailed lines and marks to finish the drawing.

I will travel anywhere in the Midwest: Wisconsin, Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, Chicago, Milwaukee, Rockford, Quad-cities, Minneapolis/St Paul, and more. I am also available further afield for longer bookings.
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One of the most outstanding GigMasters members for 2012!

Graduation Party

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Bernie was great. He arrived 15 minutes early, was set up and ready to go. He was an absolute success at our party-everyone loved him. Very sociable with all ages and groups. We already hired him for another party. Highly recommended for most any occasion.

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Wedding Reception

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Bernie was incredible! Not only is he talented but he is great to work with. Our guests were amazed by him and enjoyed watching him draw as much as getting. Their own picture drawn. He was willing to stay later when they was still a line of people wanting pictures past the time we originally hired him. I highly recommend hiring him! It will be a lasting memory for both you and all of your guests.

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Corporate Function

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Bernie was fantastic!! We have hired him for our holiday party 2 years in a row and he is always a hit! Thanks again Bernie!! Sara Wisconsin Bank & Trust

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PAST EVENTS
FUTURE EVENTS
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2017
Aug
12
Wedding Reception
Milwaukee, WI
7:00 PM - 10:30 PM
2017
Aug
19
Wedding Reception
Baileys Harbor, WI
4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
2017
Sep
16
Corporate Function
Rockford, IL
12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
2017
Sep
30
Wedding Reception
Madison, WI
6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
2018
Jun
23
Wedding Reception
Waupaca, WI
7:30 PM - 10:30 PM
2018
Oct
19
Wedding Reception
Apple River, IL
7:00 PM - 10:00 PM
2017
Jun
10
Graduation Party
Reedsburg, WI
12:00 PM - 4:00 PM
2017
May
18
Community Event
Sun Prairie, WI
5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
2017
Apr
21
Wedding Reception
Madison, WI
7:00 PM - 10:30 PM
2017
Apr
1
Prom
Adams, WI
11:00 PM - 2:00 AM
2017
Mar
3
Community Event
Elgin, IA
5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
2017
Feb
18
Wedding Reception
Madison, WI
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
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Proms
Bar Mitzvahs
Happy Hours
Picnic
Bridal Showers
Bachelor Parties
Banquets
Conventions
Festivals
Halloween Parties
Meetings
Birthday Parties (Adult)
First Communions
Wedding Receptions
Engagement Parties
Family Reunions
Rehearsal Dinners
Christmas Parties
Grand Openings
Graduation Parties
Holiday Parties
Trade Shows
Memorial Services
Private Parties
Super Bowl Parties
Kentucky Derby Parties
Mardi Gras Party
Sweet 16 Parties
Valentine's Day Parties
Anniversaries
Please note Bernie Tennis will also travel to Cottage Grove, Mc Farland, Sun Prairie, Waunakee, Windsor, De Forest, Middleton, Deerfield, Morrisonville, Oregon, Stoughton, Dane, Marshall, Verona, Arlington, Cross Plains, Cambridge, Brooklyn, Waterloo, Belleville, Lodi, Lake Mills, Black Earth, Poynette, Columbus, Edgerton, Evansville, Mazomanie, Mount Horeb, Rio.
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