Now I leave you with a picture of my adorable puppy!
I am the only one who responds to emails and I am sorry if I am really slow at getting back to you. I work full time animating at a studio Monday through Friday, and sometimes overtime hours, so it is hard to focus on emails when there is a lot going on with life. I tend to make time for emails on weekends so it’s possible I would respond once a week. If the event is short notice, I will try my best to respond fast. You can also messsge me through my Facebook page to alert me for a faster response. Rule of thumb is to book a month ahead of time and be patient. I will get back to you as soon as I can.
Now I leave you with a picture of my adorable puppy!
Two more artists are joining Party Doodle! Abel and Yvonne have been Ruben and I friends for years! We have worked together before, selling caricatures and face paint at Lincoln Park Zoo. Yvonne is a professional face painter and is an assistant manager at Lincoln Park Zoo. Her rates range from $130 to $150 per hour. Abel was once the manager at the zoo and taught me most of what I know about caricatures. Now he travels the midwest drawing at fairs and is available for private events. His rates are $125 per hour.
I know I said earlier that we are discountinuing face paint but now that there are two new members like Mary and Yvonne to help out Ruben when he is not available, we can now offer it again! Yay! And you will surely enjoy all of Abel’s caricatures! Just be curtious to allow wheel chair accessible entry or very few stairs.
Below are samples of Abel and Yvonne’s work.
This year we decided to participate in Oak Fest in Oak Forest. To my surprise, people still remembered me even though I wasn’t there last year. Some couples had newborns and came to get another drawing with their new addition to their family. It was a pleasure seeing all of you this year! I am glad I am making a postive and memorable impact on people. We had fun selling this year and survived the heat wave and strong storms. I also invited my caricature artist friend Abel to come draw with us. We will surely be there again next year.
Meet Mary. She has been my good friend for many years and likes art just like me. Mary has assisted me with face painting at festivals and has gotten good experience from them. She is now requesting to face paint with me at private events while I draw caricatures. Since she is very new at this, she will only face paint at private events where I will also be drawing caricatures. So if you want to book Mary, you have to book both of us ;) Hopefully over time she will gain confidence to travel to gigs on her own. Here is a picture of Mary working at the most recent birthday party, she did a great job and all the kids enjoyed her.
Gonna be making some changes to our services. We will have to discontinue face painting for private events and only do them for festivals. Usually my fiance Ruben is the one to do face painting while I draw caricatures at the same time at birthday parties. Lately his day time work schedule has been so unpredictable that it has been difficult to schedule him for any face paint parties. Sometimes I would even try asking one of my friends to fill in on face painting but everyone is so busy with their usual jobs and having kids. Ruben has done face painting with me at art festivals and carnivals and those seems to be the only time it's really worth it, because it's hard to do those on my own. I would always need another artist with me to help set up or cover me when ever I have to leave the booth, and it's more fun to be at a festival with someone else because those days could go really long up to 10 hours of drawing a day. I will let you all know when I have a festival coming up.
So now I am just going to focus on myself and caricatures. I could do both face painting and caricatures but I figured it would be best for me to focus on one craft and get really good at that one thing. I have been practicing caricatures in all kinds of forms and drawing in my sketchbook, phone, and tablet all the time. I will be drawing people I see in public, pet caricatures, celebrities, web comics, and maybe even painting? Who knows the possibilities are endless and one of my passions has always been caricatures and I really want to excel on that.
If you really want to hire a face painting through me, it still doesn't hurt to ask. I could ask one of my friends or Ruben if they can face paint with me. Ruben really does enjoy face painting when ever he is actually available. I know some really great professional face painters and their rates are on the higher end, I also know some beginners level face painters. The only way I could let you know for sure if someone is available is about a week ahead of time- because most job schedules are created every two weeks. I know that is an inconvenient time for most party planners but I am sorry, it's just the way things are. I can only speak for myself now and I will try to be available most weekends. Sometimes life gets busy and people need to have more than one job, take care of their kids, or just make time for themselves. Times are rough, everyone is busy and there is so little time for everything. :/
On a positive note, I adopted a new Boston terrier puppy! I held him when he was a week old. He was the chunkiest from the litter and the only brown one, so I called him a coco puff. He's growing so fast and still likes to sleep on his back! He has also been an inspiration for my drawings and keeps me warm for daily cuddles.
I have a new page where that you can like and follow my posts. It’s called Comicliz because it’s not only limited to posts about drawing at special events but everything I tend to doodle and create such as comics, crocheting, painting, and sketchbook. Basically similar stuff you would see on this blog but now also on Facebook!
I absolutely adore this drawing. In my first or second year of drawing caricatures at family parties, there was one at a little girl's sleep over party. The birthday girl decided to draw me in return and my heart melted when she handed me her drawing. She got all the details about me like my pony tail, bangs, and long sleeve shirt. I am glad I was able to inspire a little girl to make a caricature of me after I made one of her. I will forever treasure this drawing. Thank you Emilia.
Hello! My name is Liz and I am the one who has been writing these blogs, responding to emails, and updating this website.
Party Doodle has been my adventurous hobby. It has taken me to all areas of Chicago and outside suburbs I have never been to before. I have done a few festivals that were total fails or complete successes. I have met a lot of friendly people who really appreciated my art which I am grateful for. Thank you to all of you. Your positive responses is what keeps me going. Ruben is my boyfriend who does face painting whenever he has free time from his salary job. When ever he comes out to face paint for kids he loves it because making kids happy really brightens his day.
What did I go to School for?
People ask me a lot if I went to school for this. I did not go to college seeking specifically to become a caricature artist nor gotten a major for caricature art, I don't think that exists. I went to school to become an Animator which is making cartoons that move on TV like Pixar's Toy Story (3D Animation) or like Classic Disney Lion King (2D Animation). I studied both 3D and 2D Animation and while studying those, I also had to learn how to draw. On one summer day in 2009 during college years, I was on a date at Six Flags where I stumbled upon some caricature artists. I have gotten one before while I was in high school but this time I was looking at it with new eyes. I was suddenly inspired how someone could create concept art in an instant. The next day I started researching caricature artists on youtube, blogs, and google to learn as much as I can to know what it is like to be a caricature artist, how it is done, and how to draw like one. I began practicing on my own which was difficult. I practiced for a year in 2010 and everyone knew that I wanted to become a caricature artist. Then on another summer day in 2011 my brother asked me to draw caricatures at his garage sale to attract people to browse around and I was selling them for $5 per face. It was my chance to test the waters of live caricature and boy I was nervous! Luckily they liked my drawing and I made about 2 or 3 sales. Then there was one man who stopped his car in front of our garage who I thought came to look at the stuff we were selling but instead asked me to draw caricatures for an event at the local church. And there it is, I've gotten my first gig! The event went well and it was a real confidence booster. After that, Ruben's sister asked us to sell at her block party and she suggested to Ruben that he should do face painting while I sell caricatures, and that is where Party Doodle was born. Liz the caricature artist and Ruben the face painter. I started posting on craigslist to get more gigs and we designed this website together.
Shortly after we started Party Doodle I was hired to work at a theme park at Lincoln Park Zoo to draw caricatures in 2012. While working there I learned soo much more about caricature art, how to sell my work, how never to sell myself short, develop thick skin from unhappy customers, how to draw faster and maintain good quality, and met many awesome artists in the caricature community. It has been one of my favorite summer jobs and I would recommend it to anyone starting out. Party Doodle was getting less attention from me while working at the Zoo because I had to commit more to my job than my hobby, which ended up in me rejecting a lot of gigs. I worked at the zoo for three seasons. At one point I realized my manager was the artist I stumbled upon at Six Flags when I first became inspired by caricatures, and he became the one to teach me everything I know. Isn't that interesting how things work out? In the summer of 2015 I did not work at the zoo for the first time but instead was furthering my studies in 3D Animation with online workshops at IAnimate.com and was also able to spend a bit more time with Party Doodle. That summer I did more gigs than usual and experimented with different festivals and craft fairs. It was a lot of fun just doing my own thing.
Caricatures at Lincoln Park Zoo wasn't the only job I had during those years. I was bouncing back and fourth between the zoo and in the off season working contract gigs at NetherRealm Studios doing 3D Animation. The skill I actually which I went to school for! I was involved with the famous games "Injustice: Gods Among Us" and "Mortal Kombat X"! That was the dream job, to do 3D Animation and still manage to live in Chicago to be close to my family.
(above is a picture of me standing in the lobby at NetherRealm Studios)
Where is Party Doodle Heading Now?
So what am I doing now? It is mid June in 2016 and guess what? I now have a permanent position at NetherRealm Studios and we are working on the next Injustice 2. *jumps up and down in glee* I am so happy! But do not fret! Caricatures still is and will always be one of my passions along with animation. I will continue to do gigs and also continue to improve my craft.
However having a salary job does mean I will have less time to manage Party Doodle and also less time to do gigs. I am sorry if I am slow at responding to emails and this is also why I don't regularly manage things by phone. I plan on updating my website to be simpler for booking gigs and hopefully link you to other artists I would recommend in case Ruben and I are not available for your event. I will continue to update the blog so you can see the gigs I've done, sketches I've drawn, and random things I would like to share with you. I will try my best to stay actively involved with Party Doodle because it is still one of my passions.
Party Doodle Adventures
Party Doodle Artists Liz and Ruben travel around the city of Chicago to bring fun art entertainment to family events.