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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Oh my goodness ! I honestly don't even know where to begin! He was absolutely AMAZING and his drawings were beyond amazing. The line only kept getting bigger and bigger! We had to have him stay an extra hour and a half because the line was still so long and we wanted to make sure most people got there pictures especially those who waited a long time. He was very professional and his drawings were quick, but also beautifully done. 11 out of 10 would hire him again for another event! I heard nothing but great things from guests about him all night! Thank you so, so incredibly much Bernie!

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Wedding Reception

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Bernie came out to Milwaukee to draw at our wedding! Everyone loved the idea and his drawings, one of the highlights of the night! I would definitely keep him in mind when referring something fun to other couples planning a wedding! Thanks again Bernie!

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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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PAST EVENTS
FUTURE EVENTS
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2018
Jan
6
Christmas Party
Rockford, IL
5:30 PM - 9:30 PM
2018
Jan
20
Corporate Function
Lake Geneva, WI
6:00 PM - 11:00 PM
2018
Mar
24
Wedding Reception
Princeton, IL
7:00 PM - 9:30 PM
2018
May
6
Prom
Pearl City, IL
1:00 AM - 3:00 AM
2018
Jun
16
Wedding Reception
Davenport, IA
3:00 PM - 7:00 PM
2018
Jun
23
Wedding Reception
Waupaca, WI
7:30 PM - 10:30 PM
2017
Nov
17
Wedding Reception
Madison, WI
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
2017
Oct
7
Anniversary Party
Rockford, IL
8:00 PM - 11:00 PM
2017
Sep
30
Wedding Reception
Madison, WI
6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
2017
Sep
28
Community Event
Milwaukee, WI
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
2017
Sep
26
Corporate Function
Verona, WI
4:30 PM - 8:00 PM
2017
Sep
23
Wedding Reception
Madison, WI
6:30 PM - 10:30 PM
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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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