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Bernie Tennis Caricaturist from Madison, WI

Will travel up to 500 miles

  • Avg 5.0 | 101 Reviews
  • 189 Verified Bookings
  • Member Since 2010
  • 14 Awards & Badges
  • Virtual Services Offered
  • Starting at $125 per hour

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Hello, and thanks for checking out my Caricature page! I have been drawing caricatures live at all types of events throughout the Midwest (WI, IL, IA, MN, MI) for over 18 years. My goals are speed and likeness. I try to produce drawings the subjects would wish to frame and hang. An important part of my performance is in the process, the show, and so I work large, 18X24, with a vertical easel set up for easy viewing by onlookers and those in line. My location usually becomes a gathering spot for socializing. People will crowd around to see the show, line up, and joke and laugh with their friends. It's an opportunity for guests to converse and enjoy a shared activity, a focal point that prompts them to move around and mingle. My style may be described as 'portrait with a bit of caricature'. I treat people with respect, often engaging them in conversation to elicit natural expressions and keep them at ease. I do my best to see that everyone has a good time and gets a GREAT drawing. I use Caran d'Ache Neocolor painting crayons, which produce charcoal-like drawings in B/W, but are not dusty and are permanent when applied (no smearing occurs and no fixative spray is required). This medium lends itself to live caricature since large detailed drawings can be produced very quickly (4-5 minutes per person in B/W). I use broad strokes to define large areas, and detailed lines and marks to finish the drawing. I will travel anywhere in the Midwest: Wisconsin, Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, Chicago, Milwaukee, Rockford, Quad-cities, Minneapolis/St Paul, and more. I am also available further afield for longer bookings.


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Review by Tara J.

Corporate FunctionReviewed on November 29, 2021From Madison, WI

Bernie Tennis of Tennis fACES is Insanely Talented & Wickedly Charming!I contracted Bernie for a client event and couldn't be happier. Bernie is easy to work with and exceeded all expectations! He is so very talented and we were amazed at how detailed and quickly he could draw each group. He had a copy of our logo (which he requested prior to the event) and included it and the date on the drawing paper. It was such a lovely take away from the evening with our clients. His personality, charm and quick wit made the evening! Truly a delightful experience! I've been planning client events for decades and Bernie is Top Notch. I highly recommend Bernie.

Review by Melissa W.

Holiday PartyReviewed on November 13, 2023From Menomonee Falls, WI

Bernie came to our client appreciation holiday party at a local country club & was a HUGE hit. He is an extremely talented artist & a delight to interact with for our clients & ourselves. He arrived early & was ready to go well before the event started. He jumped right in & made the most wonderful & detailed caricatures. He realistically captured each person he drew & made each person feel so special with his artwork & conversation. Bernie worked hard for almost 6 hours. His artwork was excellent from start to finish & he was all smiles throughout. We highly recommend Bernie & hope to hire him again in the future!

Review by Lucien L.

Wedding ReceptionReviewed on October 22, 2023From Chicago, IL

Bernie was incredible to have at our wedding. Everyone was so excited to get portraits done and also just watch him draw. Was absolutely a highlight and would certainly book for any major event.

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Upcoming Events

March 8, 2024 • Corporate Function
Fri6:30 PM - 9:30 PM Green Bay, WI
March 30, 2024 • Family Reunion
Sat3:00 PM - 5:00 PM Madison, WI
July 26, 2024 • Wedding Reception
Fri6:30 PM - 9:30 PM Galena, IL
September 13, 2024 • Wedding Reception
Fri5:30 PM - 10:30 PM Swisher, IA
October 25, 2024 • Wedding Reception
Fri4:00 PM - 8:00 PM Apple River, IL
November 1, 2024 • Wedding Reception
Fri5:00 PM - 7:00 PM Madison, WI
December 22, 2024 • Wedding Reception
Sun6:00 PM - 8:30 PM Madison, WI

Past Events

February 11, 2024 • Lesson
Sun5:00 PM - 7:00 PM Cambridge, WI
February 10, 2024 • Wedding Reception
Sat1:00 PM - 4:00 PM Des Moines, IA
December 9, 2023 • Corporate Function
Sat7:00 PM - 10:00 PM Milwaukee, WI
November 18, 2023 • Wedding Reception
Sat9:00 PM - 12:00 AM Maple Park, IL
November 11, 2023 • Holiday Party
Sat8:30 AM - 2:30 PM Menomonee Falls, WI

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