How did you get into digital caricatures?
I had been offering traditional black and white caricatures since 1988 and while I knew of other artists around the country who were doing digital, I just didn't feel ready to take the plunge.
In 2012, an opportunity presented itself when Microsoft (through my agent) asked if I could provide digital caricatures. We set it up and I was amazed with the audience's reaction, especially with a projector connected to the tablet. There's nothing like seeing a 10' x 15' caricature being drawn right before your eyes. The enthusiasm I witnessed convinced me there was a market for this here in Atlanta. From there, I made the commitment - financially and professionally - to expand into digital caricatures. Currently, digital comprises over 50% of my events and it grows more each year.
My goal is to be 100% digital within two years.
How many caricatures can you do in an hour?
Each color digital caricature averages 5-6 minutes so we're talking 10-12 per hour, which is about as fast as an artist using traditional materials. If you're expecting a lot of people, a popular option is black and white digital with or
without gray wash. These average 12-17 per hour, comparable to traditional speeds. And we can still incorporate color in the background.
How many faces can you put on one page?
I can draw a maximum of two faces on a 4 x 6 sheet but it really works best with one person.
Why is digital more expensive than traditional?
Digital is a far more specialized form of entertainment as there simply aren't as many artists offering it. It requires a considerable financial investment and a substantial amount of practice, as the transition from paper to glass is not a quick one. The branding options are far more substantial and the tie-in to social media is a seamless transition.
The primary value to digital is that the entertainment factor has increased exponentially. With traditional, you have to look over my shoulder to see what's going on. With digital (via the TV or projector ) the whole room can be entertained by what I'm doing. I've worked events where I had people come up to me afterwards and say, "I wasn't able to get mine done but I enjoyed watching you draw all night!"
Why should I hire a digital caricaturist over a traditional one?
While everyone has seen a traditional caricaturist at one time or another, few have experienced the digital treatment, which is why it's such a popular attraction. You'll be giving your guests something truly unique and not readily available. Other considerations:
• Traditional caricatures are larger so rather than carry them, folks tend to put them aside, out of sight. They can also get damaged through the course of the event. The digital print is secured in a lanyard and placed around the neck so folks will wear them all day long, keeping your name and event visible at all times.
• Color is always preferable to black and white and digital offers that option without the messy traditional materials.
• People have a natural interest of technology and love to see it in action.
• Ease of social media utilization makes it easy to share without having to scan or take a picture of the artwork.
• The entertainment factor (as previously described) is something you can't match with traditional.
• And of course, digital just simply looks cooler!
Tell me about the free digital downloads
Before each event, I prepare a folder on an image hosting website. I create a customized link for that folder and add it to the preprinted area of the 4 x 6 paper.
After finishing a caricature, the image is saved as a jpeg to my computer and at the end of the event, I upload all jpegs from the event to that folder. All the guest has to do is type in that url and download their digital file. From there, they can email it, post it on Facebook, etc. No need to take a photo or scan it.
What kind of branding opportunities does digital offer?
Branding is a valuable feature of digital, especially for trade shows, conventions and other corporate events.
First, I customize the paper with your logo, theme, date, whatever you wish. Because the prints are only 4 x 6, there isn't a great deal of room but there are still ways to get creative within that small area.
When the finished caricature is placed in the complimentary lanyard, your guests will walk throughout the event wearing it around their neck, your logo in full view. It'll be like having dozens of walking billboards promoting your company.
The digital downloads present another marketing opportunity. Rather then have them accessed from my image hosting site, the client can choose to set up a site themselves or send them directly to each person after the event. This would require a few more logistics - mainly getting a valid email - but it offers another way to connect with your customers.
The key to really making this work is a little advance promotion on the part of the client. If you're exhibiting in a trade show, let your customers know there will be a digital artist there, and what times each day. Perhaps even include a flyer in the Welcome Package.
Can I add a background?
Yes, background art is very doable with digital. Even if I'm drawing in black and white, we can still have a full color background to help make it all pop. There may or may not be an additional cost, depending on the complexity.
How long does it take to setup and what do you need from me?
All I need are two standard chairs, a small table to display the printer and lanyards, adequate lighting and access to electricity. I supply everything else, including a 29" TV monitor. If you prefer a larger monitor, you'll need to make those arrangements.
I would also be more than happy to work out the most effective setup position in your booth. You might think an 8 x 10
is too small but its been done many times.
I always arrive at least one hour before my start time. Setup takes about 30-40 minutes. Tear down takes about 20 minutes.
What if I need additional artists?
I get calls for multi-artist events all the time and have a network of talented artists that I call on, both local to Atlanta and nationwide. My studio will be happy to work out all the logistics so you only have to deal with one artist, not several.
But as previously mentioned, the purpose of digital isn't always to get everyone drawn, but to entertain as well.
What kind of equipment do you use?
I work on a Wacom Cintiq Companion PC tablet. Wacom has been the industry leader in pressure sensitivity technology for decades so this tablet offers the most natural way for artists to work digitally.
I use a drawing program called Clip Studio Paint. This is a program that is very popular with professional comic book artists and cartoonists. There are plenty of choices for drawing/painting programs but this works best for my technique and style.
For the 4 x 6 prints, I use an Epson PictureMate; small, fast and mobile.
Do you have backup equipment in case of technical difficulties?
Absolutely! This has already happened on several previous occasions. Technology can be finicky at times and having your tablet freeze up at an event can be an artist's worse nightmare. (Well, that and clowns...)
I always bring two Wacom Companion tablets and a second printer with me on every event. Both tablets are prepped identically so in the event I have to switch out, downtime is only a few minutes.
If you hire someone without backup, both of you are taking a tremendous risk.
How far do you travel?
While the majority of my events focus on the southeast US, I am available to travel anywhere in the country and the world. (I always maintain a current passport.) For certain events, I'll drive within a 7 hour radius from Atlanta; anything further may require air travel. Travel expenses (mileage/airfare, hotel, per diem, etc,) will apply.
If I do fly to an event, I ask that the client provide the TV monitor and display stand.
What are your terms and method of payment?
Upon agreement of terms I will forward a contract outlining all the specifics. Once it's signed and returned with the deposit (25-50%) your event is secured. The balances are typically paid within seven days prior to the event.
I accept checks, credit cards and Paypal (Amounts over $1,000 are subject to 3.5% transaction fee.)
You convinced me! How do I book your services?
You can call me at 678-817-0169 but it's best to send an email from my Contact page. This will give me all the necessary information about your event so I can respond back with an accurate quote, usually within 24 hours.
Having never seen caricatures done this way, I can't imagine ever booking anything else but the digital experience! Not only were you able to truly customize with the "MacGyver" background but being able to watch you at work through the monitor was just as fun for the crew watching as it was for
the person getting their caricature done. You were prompt, responsive and professional. Can't wait to work together again!
We had Tony for two days at our industry’s International Trade Show in Atlanta this year. He was fantastic! Customers who lined
up waiting to have their caricature done spent that time looking at
our products and talking with us.
If you are considering Tony – it is money well spent! Go for it!
Artisan Custom Doorworks
Tony was a definite hit! Our booth traffic increased from previous years and it brought a new layer
of fun to exhibiting. We are still getting social media posts about how much attendees loved it and we look forward to working with Tony again!
I hired Tony for my son's high school graduation party, and to say he was the hit of the evening was an understatement -- he was the talk of the school the next day and now (two years later!), I STILL get positive comments when I run into one of my son's friends or their parents. The kids loved him, and every guest at the party got a unique keepsake to treasure forever. I will definitely hire him again when the opportunity presents itself. Worth every penny and more. Thanks Tony!
Starr's Mill HS Parent
We recently had Tony at our annual women's event which had about 100 attendees. The women loved getting their caricatures done as well as watching while he completed others. In addition to being so easy to work with during the planning stages, he was funny, engaging and was the hit of
our event! We would highly recommend him for any event that you want to make memorable.
Aon Brokerage Group
I just wanted to let you know what a wonderful hit you were at the SUR/FIN convention this past week. People are still talking about it! You were so personable with our customers and really made everyone feel at ease! We loved your talented way capturing personalities and making everyone actually look good in a caricature. That is a real talent! I really appreciated how easy your set up was and how efficiently you ran things. It really allowed us to go about the business of interacting with our customers. Thank you!
Associated Rack Corporation
This is a fun, inexpensive way to get conference attendees engaged and excited! The level of service, professionalism and fun Tony brought to the event exceeded
my expectations. Everyone got to walk away with a memorable keepsake. I HIGHLY recommend digital caricature entertainment
to add that WOW factor for
your next event!
Ga Dept of Economic Development
Tony is as good as it gets! He is a consummate professional and does what is needed for the success of the event. His artistry impresses each client and I try to take Tony anywhere a client brings me because I know that he'll continue to impress!
Event Talent Resources
Thanks, Tony! You did a great job and made our booth the talk of
ARA Rental Show
I was so impressed by Tony's professionalism, enthusiasm,
talent and efficiency. If there is a caricaturist that anyone needs, especially in the Atlanta area,
I can think of no one better to recommend. I will use Tony in the future whenever it makes sense to do so. Thank you - you are terrific!
Caricatures by Tony added an extra bit of fun to my son's Bar Mitzvah! Tony was great to work with and was always quick to respond to any questions I had before the event. I'm not sure
who had more fun with it, the kids or the adults (I think the adults!).
I knew I made a great entertainment choice when I
saw our out-of-town family
wearing their caricatures on necklace lanyards the rest of
the weekend. Thanks, Tony!
We were fortunate to have Tony
at our company Christmas event and he was a pleasure to work with! Tony responded quickly to
my inquiries and was very accommodating.
He is a very talented artist. Not only did our employees enjoy having their caricatures done, but Tony also really interacted and had a lot of fun with them as he has a great personality and a fun sense of humor! We would enjoy having Tony at our future events.
BMW North Atlanta
We hired Tony to do digital caricatures for our industry conference in hopes of increasing traffic to our booth. Not only did
we attract many clients but Tony was professional, talented and a pleasure to work with. We would definitely hire him again and highly recommend his services
Brooke E. Large
Twenty First Century Communications
We continue to use Caricatures by Tony year after year at our annual company picnic. Tony and his team are extremely professional. They are always on time and ready to work. Their caricatures are a huge hit with our employees, a definite highlight of the day.
We can’t thank Tony and his team enough for helping make our company picnic a success!
Tony was a huge hit at our event with his digital caricature drawings! We considered a photo booth, but thought a caricature artist would be more fun and take our event to the next level! We were absolutely right! This created a buzz we are still hearing about and gave our guests a great takeaway to remember us by. Tony is truly talented and very affordable. I would highly recommend his services and I'm sure we will be using him again!
Tony helped us drive phenomenal booth traffic at a B2B event in Nashville, TN. Our booth was hands down the busiest for the three days of the show. Our customers and prospects absolutely loved the caricatures and the fact that we could send the digital copies to them after the show as well was great to provide a follow up touch point.
Tony is a consummate professional, so easy to do business with and a delight to have on the booth with us. He is super organized and was always in position and ready to go way before the exhibition hall opened. I highly recommend him to anyone looking for a talented individual to help drive traffic
to a trade show booth – or indeed for any event where a caricaturist makes sense. He’s a GREAT guy
to work with.
We had more people show up at our booth the first day than we did at all of last year's show!
Is it nice that Tony is a good
guy and easy to work with? Yes. Does it make a difference to me that his appearance is always appropriate and that he's always
on time? Sure. Is it a bonus that Tony is one of the most gifted caricaturists that I've seen? Absolutely.
But do you want to know the real reason Tony is our first call? Because Tony is worry-free and that's what our clients count on from us.
Lee J. Howard
Lee J. Howard Entertainment
You made the event! Everyone LOVED your work, personality, professionalism and humor. Top notch! I will definitely be booking you again for business and personal events!
Greenleaf Management, LLC
After hearing from a few artists, Tony stood out because he was very genuine. Without even meeting him face to face until he delivered my husband's digital caricature, I felt very comfortable
in hiring him. He was very professional and used his past event experiences to help guide me, to make sure that I would
get the best value of his time
and work ethic.
Our guests were predominantly African American but Tony fit right in because he is very transparent, funny by character and definitely a people person. I could not of thought of a better artist to help add flavor to my event. Our guests loved their black and white caricatures!
Thanks again Tony. Can't wait to use you again in the near future!
When the 3 grads found out the plan to have caricature artists at their party, you can imagine the initial reaction from our 18 year old boys! Needless to say, it was negative. Five minutes after Tony arrived and set up, a lined had formed and the boys, along with
all the rest of their 150 friends, were smiling ear to ear! We also had a photo booth, but art won
out over technology!!
Thank you Tony for being so cooperative and helpful as we made all the plans for this large party. The kids all walked away with a great memento of the occasion. The 3 grads all claimed best party ever!!!
Tony was truly great to work with, he is very professional, incredibly talented, and added such an element of fun to our event! We highly recommend him and look forward to working with him again.
The Breman Museum
Tony did an amazing job with
his digital caricatures. His abilities are highly impressive and his work generated buzz and traffic to our booth. He's very professional, personable and hard working. I wouldn't hesitate to use him again.
I hired Tony for a Bar Mitzvah I was planning at 200 Peachtree. Working with Tony was a great experience from start to finish.
As an event planner, it is always fantastic to find vendors that deliver and that I can call on again in the future. He was always quick with responses to any questions that I had and went above and beyond to help me find some additional items that I felt would compliment his digital service.
He was a huge hit! Having over 100 kids that are pretty restless worried me because I did not think they would be able to sit still long enough but Tony is so quick without compromising the quality, that the kids were in and out and walked away very satisfied.
A few months later I was coordinating a wedding where
Tony was hired by the groom.
He did another amazing job and had not only kids but adults lining up to get their picture drawn.
I would absolutely hire Tony
again in the future. He does
We loved having Tony at our event! From a coordinator's standpoint, he was great to work with and it made my job easy! The caricatures were a great addition to the party and each guest's keepsake made the occasion memorable. I would recommend him to everyone looking to add something special
to any event!
Thank you again for making our TSG team event a success. I appreciate your ease of handling large crowds as word of mouth spread throughout our building and the “party crashers” showed up to have their caricatures done.
Everyone commented on how talented you were and unbelievably fast! We will definitely look forward to working with you again.
One of the highlights of our NY themed Bat Mitzvah celebration was caricature artist Tony Brischler. The kids and the adults loved it and loved comparing pictures. Tony looked the part of a NY city street artist, he was charming and knew how to manage the crowd. Fun addition to our event! Thanks Tony!
Tony is the best! We booked him for our wedding reception with over 100 guests attending. He was very patient and professional. I had several guests call me and inquire about him and rave about how great the drawings were. I would definitely recommend booking him. You rock!!
Lavertis & KeMaya Howard