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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Wedding Reception

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Bernie Tennis exceeded all expectations for our wedding. From the moment we booked, to the conclusion of our event, Bernie showed a supreme level of professionalism and promptness through communication and timeliness. He was a wonderful conversationalist during our event and all guests remarked about both his talent and presence at our reception. Bernie was also very accommodating and flexible with our event and made sure our requests were met. Bernie Tennis would make any event a hit! We would hire Bernie again with no hesitation!

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Birthday Party (Adult)

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I set out to do something special for my wife's 40th birthday party that she would expect. Simply said, I couldn't have asked for anything more than Bernie provided. Our guests were raving at how talented he was. It was clear that all our guests were going to leave with something special. Bernie was very accommodating when it was obvious that we wouldn't be able to get all done in the amount of time I requested. I am so thankful that he was not booked after us and could be hired for more time. Bernie brought smiles to both kids and adults; I couldn't ask for more! Thanks!

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Corporate Function

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We hired Bernie for our corporate Christmas party as something different for our guests. He was extremely easy to work with from the moment we hired him, he arrived on time and even stayed later than we contracted him for since he was busy and had a line of people waiting. His work was spot on, very accurate portrayals of his subjects and so fun to watch work! We would definitely recommend his services to anyone looking for something different at their next event, as we also have him on our list of wants for our next party!

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PAST EVENTS
FUTURE EVENTS
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2018
Jun
23
Wedding Reception
Waupaca, WI
7:30 PM - 10:30 PM
2018
Sep
29
Wedding Reception
Edgerton, WI
7:00 PM - 10:00 PM
2018
Oct
19
Wedding Reception
Apple River, IL
7:00 PM - 10:00 PM
2018
Jun
16
Wedding Reception
Davenport, IA
3:00 PM - 8:00 PM
2018
Jun
13
Private Party
Edgerton, WI
2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
2018
Jun
10
Wedding Reception
Barrington, IL
7:00 PM - 11:00 PM
2018
Jun
9
Graduation Party
Green Bay, WI
4:00 PM - 7:00 PM
2018
May
23
Graduation Party
South Beloit, IL
8:30 PM - 11:00 PM
2018
May
6
Prom
Pearl City, IL
1:00 AM - 3:00 AM
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Trade Shows
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Super Bowl Parties
Kentucky Derby Parties
Mardi Gras Party
Sweet 16 Parties
Valentine's Day Parties
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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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