Today we got to know one of our brilliant caricaturists Rich, a bit better.
BC: Hello there, so who are you?
Rich: My name is Rich and I am a live party and studio caricaturist.
BC: Describe what you do in one sentence?
Rich: Live party means I work at weddings and corporate events drawing funny pictures of guests. Studio means people send me photos to do full colour gifts for personal gifts or corporate marketing.
BC: What makes you different from other caricaturists?
Rich: I am able to get better likenesses and people prefer, in general, my approach and the way I put people at ease when drawing them.
BC: How did you become a caricaturist?
Rich: By accident, I was training as a cartoonist and working in a dead end job. A friend said I should do caricatures at weddings, so I showed my work to some agents. My first booking was on a pleasure boat on the River Thames in London.
BC: Who is your favourite artist?
Rich: Jim Van der Keyl always impressed me when learning the scientific side.
BC: What has been your favourite ever event (and why)?
Rich: I do 120 events a year, including 70 weddings on average, so it is difficult to answer this question. I honestly would say weddings where I meet real families, real people and a few children to cheer me up is what makes an event for me… as opposed to how many thousands were spent on the event… as always good caricatures and good people is what makes a good event.
BC: What would be your ideal event?
Rich: My ideal event would combine a workshop to teach people to draw each other with me being able to demonstrate in coloured pens.
BC: Who have you most enjoyed performing for/meeting on an event?
Rich: Again a difficult question to answer because I have met so many people and done so many events, but as an example I drew caricatures for a sales managers event for Just Eat and they really laughed out loud at my pictures and gave me very good feedback. I do have over 100 five star reviews from some very big brand names and wedding brides etc. who have hired me, so I would have to say I love everyone who has hired me!
BC: What do you do the rest of the time (when you’re not doing your act)?
Rich: I am setting up an online sweet shop so spend time drawing cartoon characters for that. I play a lot of video games… I am a kid at heart!