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Bernie Tennis

Caricaturist from Madison, WI - Will travel up to 500 miles
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$100 - $150 per hour
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!

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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Private Party

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All of us loved him. We would most definitely book him again. Everyone who has seen the finished portraits love them!! Thank you

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Birthday Party (Adult)

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Bernie was the highlight of our party. His sketches were all worthy of framing. He is extremely talented, very nice and super personable. We will recommend him to everyone! I am so glad he was available for this special occasion.

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PAST EVENTS
FUTURE EVENTS
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2016
Sep
17
Wedding Reception
Sun Prairie, WI
3:00 PM - 6:30 PM
2016
Oct
1
Wedding Reception
Dubuque, IA
7:00 PM - 11:00 PM
2018
Jun
23
Wedding Reception
Waupaca, WI
7:30 PM - 10:30 PM
2016
Jun
18
Wedding Reception
Princeton, IL
4:30 PM - 9:00 PM
2016
Jun
14
Corporate Function
Menomonee Falls, WI
12:00 PM - 3:00 PM
2016
May
22
Private Party
Waupaca, WI
4:00 PM - 6:30 PM
2016
May
21
Wedding Reception
Green Lake, WI
8:00 PM - 11:00 PM
2016
Apr
30
Prom
Stockton, IL
11:30 PM - 2:30 AM
2016
Apr
29
Wedding Reception
Galena, IL
8:30 PM - 10:30 PM
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Family Reunions
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Christmas Parties
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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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