Sometimes we caricaturists are asked to do unusual jobs, but this was as different as they get.
I was asked by a NYC video production company to be the artist who sits inside the doghouse-sized compartment of a mock computer printer for a Konica Minolta video. The concept was that kids would come up and talk to me (The Dream Printer), tell me their dream in life, and we'd chat a bit and then they'd be surprised when a caricature of the dream pops out. It's not so different from what I do at parties, except there's more space for working. A lot more!
The setup was unusual to say the least: I worked on a seat mounted to the floor with my knees up – there was precious little leg room – and a small drawing board on my legs. The box and I were wired to the hilt, with cameras, lights, microphones, an earpiece, control boxes and a viewing screen to draw my subjects from. Outside, the kids would hear my voice through a processor that made it sound cartoony.
All told, I was in there about 6-7 hours, sketching and bantering away with the kids, waiting out technical interruptions, and being thankfully sheltered from a sudden rainstorm. I was asked to draw on A4 international size paper (a small and narrow 8.3 x 11.7 inches) in all markers – not my preferred materials for various reasons, but I endured.
The "printer" was set up in a Long Island City park on the East River with a terrific view of the Manhattan skyline, and in I went. Needless to say, it was an interesting day. When I finally finished and got out of the booth, the crew all applauded. Who knew I did something right?
We've gone pretty viral with this, with millions of viewers and high praise for the positivity of the message. Below are the links to a video of the making of this event, the event itself and to photos of the kids and my artwork. In a strange way, it was fun. Enjoy:
Click to Email Your Questions or Event/Project Details to: firstname.lastname@example.org
An online video commercial for a SNL-MasterCard collaboration needed me to draw the "good date" caricature you see Taran Killam "creating" for his lucky companion. I do not, however, lay claim to the piece Bobby Moynihan used to help sabotage the day for his poor "winner:"
Kids! Adults! Private! Corporate! All Parties! All Occasions! All Events! Caricature entertainment for your party or event on Long Island (all of Nassau and Suffolk), in New York City metro (all of Manhattan, Queens, Bronx, Brooklyn, Staten Island), Westchester and much of Upstate NY, New Jersey and Connecticut!
About Joe's Caricatures • LI-NY-NYC-NJ-CT Party & Event Caricature • Schools & Colleges • Why Hire Joe?
Custom Caricature from Photos • Caricature FAQ • Corporate Caricature Clients • To Hire Joe • Event Photos • Videos
Weddings • Joe's Caricatures Testimonials • Sign-In Boards • Printable Sample Sheet • Contact Joe's Caricatures