How We Work
Check out this short video to see our process and setup when drawing live digital caricatures at events.
Here, Court's tablet, printer and monitor are set up at a big trade show booth in San Diego.
Here, Court's tablet, printer and monitor are ready to go at a small 10 x 10' booth at a trade show in San Diego. Even in the smallest of booth spaces, there is plenty of room for our digital caricature setup.
Court's setup on a covered patio at the Sofitel Hotel in Beverly Hills for a cocktail reception. Digital caricatures are a good fit at any occasion.
Both Court and Debbie are set up in the corner of a ballroom at La Valencia Hotel in La Jolla for a magazine-sponsored art event. We can squeeze into many spots, as long as there is room for two chairs and a small table.
Court and Debbie (not pictured) draw at a reception in a private suite for Sprint at the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah.
This was for an event at a Bloomingdale's for breast cancer awareness. The sleek appearance and small footprint of my set up makes it ideal to fit in just about any environment.
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The equipment we use for live digital caricatures is extremely compact, for travel, but has a big impact when set up at a reception or trade show booth. Guests always want to come over to look at what's going on and find out why people are gathered around laughing. There are 3 main components: a digital tablet PC on a stand, a compact printer and a 32 inch LCD monitor on a stand. There are only a few cables involved. We ask to be provided a small table, two chairs, an electrical outlet, and a location indoors, or in a covered location if outdoors during the day to ensure optimal screen viewing and protection from the elements.
Court draws at a medical industry trade show at the Convention Center in San Diego.
Court drawing a party guest at an event in Tampa, Florida.
A good view of Court drawing at a trade show in Anaheim, California.
Debbie drawing on the trade show floor at a convention in Las Vegas.
At a trade show in San Diego, a happy guest holds up his 4 x 6" caricature print in a clear protective sleeve. The adhesive strip at the top can be used to attach to the lanyard badge.
A very happy convention guest with her digital caricature print.
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The Drawing Process
When a guest sits down in front of us, we get them to relax with some simple conversation. Or, if at a trade show booth, we are happy to let the booth staff chat with the guests about their company or product, while we are drawing them, thus ensuring a good amount of time to engage with potential new clients on a personal level.
Each sketch takes about 5 to 6 minutes in color, or about 3 to 4 minutes in black and white. We generally only sketch the head and shoulders. Drawing bodies or backgrounds live takes too much time.
When we finish a sketch, we print it on 4 x 6" glossy paper, which takes less than 1 minute. It is dry immediately and we place each in a clear plastic sleeve which the guests can attach to their lanyard badges using the included adhesive strip. Or they can be sealed and easily stored away in a pocket or purse.
Generally, we upload the sketches from each event to our website within a couple hours of the end of the event. You or the guests will have free access to download the sketches for as long as we have the link posted on this website, which is usually about a year. Each caricature print will have a small link at the bottom which reads "Download your sketch at www.digitaleventcaricature.com." If you would prefer to host the images instead of us, we are happy to oblige. And we will not place our web link on the prints.
Shortly after your event ends, you can find the link to image gallery for your event on our Download page. The link will take you to a Dropbox folder, where you can save your caricature and share it to social networks.
If you have any special requests or protocols for us to follow at your event, we are happy to work with you. Here are some examples of special requests we have gotten and worked with frequently. If you have an original idea or a twist no one has tried before, we will figure it out for you. There may be additional fees if your request requires extra materials or extra time creating custom artwork in advance. Please contact us for an exact quote. :
• We can design and create custom bodies or complex background templates to be used when sketching the guests live.
• We can draw live on your company's new tablet device, interactive screen or software, in order to promote that product (We would require the opportunity to work with the device at least a few days in advance to practice and develop a smooth work flow).
• We can upload the sketches immediately after they are drawn using a Wi-Fi connection (client must provide stable Wi-Fi connection or, for an additional fee, we can provide the mobile Wi-Fi connection).
• We can connect our drawing tablets to your large external displays as long as it has an HDMI video port.
• We can provide things like larger 8.5 x 11" prints, picture frames, mats or heavy duty badge holders in which to place the caricatures.
• We can draw the caricatures with slightly different digital tools like: black and white ink lines, sketchy pencil or charcoal drawings, or even groovy 8-bit style caricatures for a retro look.
• We can even work remotely, drawing your guests from our home studios, using webcams and a live video feed from your trade show booth.
At this event for Cisco, we prepared several different pre-drawn bodies and backgrounds. The guests picked their favorite, and we drew their head into the template.
Court draws on a giant Sharp 70 inch touch screen, provided by the client at a San Diego Comic Con event sponsored by Wired Magazine.
At this event, for Citrix, in Washington D.C. Court had his tablet connected to the LCD screen installed at the Citrix booth instead of using his own monitor.
At this trade show, in New Orleans, for Prudential, Court printed the digital caricatures on 8.5 x 11 photo paper
At this event, in Los Angeles, CA, the client requested to have folding cardboard frames for the prints instead of the normal plastic sleeves.
We can also provide heavy duty badge holders and lanyards instead of the standard plastic sleeves.
At a high-end event in Los Angeles for Hermès, they requested we draw in a sketchy pencil digital style instead of our typical ink and watercolor digital style.
At this event, for Nokia, in Las Vegas, during the CES show, they asked us to draw 16-bit style "pixel art" caricatures with blocky shapes and simple colors, to fit the party's retro theme.
Court draws live digital caricatures at a trade show in Las Vegas, from his home office in San Diego using webcams and teleconferencing software. The files are saved to Dropbox and are immediately accessed and printed in Las Vegas for the guests.
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