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Caricatures By James Malia Caricaturist from Santa Barbara, CA

Will travel up to 500 miles

  • Avg 5.0 | 25 Reviews
  • 69 Verified Bookings
  • Member Since 2009
  • 4 Awards & Badges
  • Virtual Services Offered
  • Accepts Online Payment
  • Starting at $300 per event

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Sketch Artist JAMES MALIA - "Drawing the fun into your party, event, gift caricatures, and design!" "Besides drawing 90,000 people in the past 20 years, James' celebrity caricatures have been featured in Disney's very funny 'Dog with a Blog', 'Little Fockers' of Robert De Niro and 'VANILLA SKY' of Tom Cruise, Will & Grace, Curb Your Enthusiasm, Amazing Race, 100 caricatures on NBC's 'Go On' w/ Matthew Perry, Jason Alexander's new play, the upcoming '15 all star Netflix redux comedy series ' Wet Hot American Summer', and as himself in a yet named upcoming NBC comedy. James is a regular at events for many volunteer organizations including L.A. Children's Hospital, Grossman Burn Center, SB Hospice, Disney and a variety of fundraisers. He has also entertained at private parties for Brad Pitt /Angelina Jolie, Betty White, Heidi Klum, David Lynch, Eddie Murphy, & Jon Stamos' 50th amongst others. James has been prolific in print, tv, posters, cartoon maps, and popular wedding invitations and Holiday cards for the likes of Lebron James, Heidi Klum, Josh Duhamel/ Fergie, Howie Mandel, Kirk Douglas and many others. James draws at Trade-shows, Mitzvahs, graduations, co. parties, weddings, birthdays, retirements, premieres, bbqs, you name it.. James guarantees 100% great flattering fun fast drawings that people would want to put on their walls, as well as an extraordinary 100% GENUINE positive fun dynamic energy!!! Nothing less. James can draw people in 1-5 minutes per person depending on detail. Add to that switching seats for the next person/ showing/ handing the drawing over = 12-15 flattering, full body black and white drawings in front view and theme an hr, or up to 18-24 head/shoulder caricatures per hr. James draws in his own unique flattering style using a fade proof faber-castell brush pen and graphite shading stik. Digital as well as Color are also available at a different rate, however color is slower. For live drawing James can draw on any size paper, however, his preferred format is 11" x 14" high quality 100 lb. paper. After capturing the personality of his subject doing their favorite hobby or setting in a fun cartoon portrait, the artwork is placed in a clear, flat protective plastic bag. Regarding digital Caricatures drawn live on a computer and projected to a 32" monitor & printed, James can draw approximately 10 per hr in color and 12-15 in b & w. Quotes on Illustration for personal use, advertisements, cards, gift caricatures etc are on a per job bases. Images can be created on specific demand whether for character design, or caricatures from info and or photos e-mailed. Since returning in '96 from working for Club Med resorts as a SCUBA/windsurfing instructor/artist in the Caribbean, James has been a prolific artist with a partial client list that includes over 700 companies. When not drawing, James can be found in the waters off of the Santa Barbara / L.A. coastline, trying his best to communicate with the dolphins. So far they just squeak and smile. CLIENT FEEDBACK Samples: "James is amazingly expressive as his pen dances across paper brilliantly expressing life, love joy, excitement, and capturing the fullness and best that is in everyone." - Mark Victor Hansen co-creator of Chicken Soup for the Soul series Newport Beach, CA " James you are such a talented artist and beautiful soul, Thanks again for making another one of our parties extra special, if you ever need us for a reference please do not hesitate." - Sheri and Roy Disney , Studio City "JAMES WAS INCREDIBLE THE KIDS AND ADULTS ALL LOVED HIM...THANKS FOR ALL YOUR HELP.. HE ROCKED!" -MARILYN KAGAN "Hello. I want to thank you for being above and beyond more than i could have asked for.... I will be recommending to all i know. AMAZING. Great artist wonderful personality and beautiful soul. Could not have asked for a more perfect fit. I hope our guests treated you with the respect you showed us. - Cristina King, Santa Monica "Thank You for a job well done! We'll happily have you at every party we have! Our friends can't stop talking about you!!!" - Brendan Turner , CEO Turner Techtronics "Hi James, It was our honor to have you to be a part of our wedding!! We got a lot of compliments for hiring you at the wedding, and everyone loves their drawings :) Thank you for being so patient & having fun with all the guests too. We can't say THANK YOU enough. I'm sure hundreds of people already told you this ….you're soo very talented & just simply amazing!! Hope to see you again sometime. Thanks again " - Nadia & Jeff "I LOVE this so much I can't breathe, I'm putting it everywhere I love you Xox" - Mindy Weiss "Your work is amazing and you were really fun. My husband is CNN reporter Ted Rowlands and he has your drawing in his office, even Larry King gets a kick out of it, thank You! -Erica Rowlands "I LOVE ALL THE ART YOU DO FOR ME, THANK YOU!!! " - HEIDI KLUM


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Review by Gabriela V.

Birthday Party (Adult)Reviewed on January 24, 2023From Oxnard, CA

My family hosted a party with about 120 guests for my daughter's 15th birthday. We knew that having a caricaturist would be a special and unusual treat. James absolutely exceeded all of our expectations. He is handled all of the guests that wanted a caricature with grace, charisma, and joy. Our guests expressed their pleasure at his speed and talent. James engaged everyone in conversation while he worked his magic. He is talented and clearly enjoys the time he spends with each person. I highly recommend James and will gladly have him return to future events. Thank you, James!!!

Review by Debbie J.

Bar MitzvahReviewed on June 26, 2022From San Luis Obispo, CA

James was prompt and professional. He is a charming guy that brought out the guests' personalities and it showed in the caricatures. Top notch artist and just all around good guy. Highly recommend!

Review by Shelley P.

WeddingReviewed on June 21, 2022From Santa Ynez, CA

James was an absolute delight to work with! Everyone had so much fun getting their picture drawn at the wedding & we loved having a caricature of US from that awesome day! 100% recommend James!

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Past Events

January 21, 2023 • Birthday Party (Adult)
Sat5:00 PM - 9:00 PM Oxnard, CA
November 12, 2022 • Birthday Party (Adult)
Sat5:00 PM - 7:00 PM Camarillo, CA
October 29, 2022 • Birthday Party (Adult)
Sat7:00 PM - 10:00 PM Santa Barbara, CA
September 17, 2022 • Club Event
Sat6:00 PM - 9:00 PM Paso Robles, CA
August 27, 2022 • Wedding Reception
Sat5:00 PM - 6:30 PM Nipomo, CA
August 26, 2022 • Wedding Reception
Fri7:00 PM - 10:00 PM Santa Barbara, CA
July 11, 2022 • Celebration
Mon3:00 PM - 6:00 PM Santa Barbara, CA
June 25, 2022 • Bar Mitzvah
Sat7:00 PM - 9:00 PM San Luis Obispo, CA
June 20, 2022 • Wedding
Mon3:00 PM - 6:00 PM Santa Ynez, CA
December 20, 2021 • Birthday Party (Adult)
Mon6:00 PM - 7:30 PM Ventura, CA
December 8, 2021 • Holiday Party
Wed6:00 PM - 7:30 PM Agoura Hills, CA
October 17, 2021 • Club Event
Sun3:30 PM - 6:30 PM Santa Barbara, CA

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