JT Art & Design

Caricaturist from Naugatuck, CT - Will travel up to 100 miles
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MEMBER SINCE 2011
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BOOKED 7 days ago

$100 - $150 per hour
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About
Hi everyone!
Thanks for checking out my profile and considering my services! A little about me....A full-time educated graphic designer for years, I did some "side" portraits and caricatures, mostly for friends and family, and due to employment changes, am now a professional award-winning caricaturist, having drawn them regularly at hundreds of events since 2003. "You made me look better than I do" has been a phrase I have been told more than once, and then there are teens describing my drawings as “accurate” with amazement....like they are shocked a caricature can actually LOOK LIKE the person! I have always loved to draw people in particular with a keen eye for distinct features enabling me to capture a true resemblance to my subjects, in a fun manner with often flattering results, decidedly different from a "cookie cutter”, indistinct or grossly distorted, over-exaggeration style that is out there! Humorous or fun doesn't have to be hideous, right? A social person, I engage my customers whenever possible to create a relaxed, fun atmosphere! I am very energized entertaining an enthusiastic group, and you will have a great experience and a great take-home "favor" to keep for years, not just a day or a week like other breakable or wash away favors I won't mention names of here ;-)

In terms of my speed, I can realistically draw black-and-white simple line headshots in as little as 3 to 4 minutes per individual person. And that is with retaining a true resemblance and not looking "Charlie Brown-like", no offense to Charlie! Full body (hobby/action poses) are a little bit longer than that, and color about the same as a full body black-and-white. Minimum booking time-frames (2 hours) apply and increase with distance from home base, and please note, lowest end hourly price listed applies to events 5 hours or more. Check out my specials and package options, especially for larger events, and ask about custom drawing paper with caption and border, theme or corporate art added and copied if desired for your special event, or perhaps a custom sign-in board! Some of these add-ons will be additional to quote, handled offline. Also, as of 2016, I carry liability insurance for those of you who may require it, or appreciate the security, as some others I know do not.

A couple more tidbits....I had a few interesting “face” related experiences to share. In 2009, I was recommended by an agent and solely featured on a half hour CT cable access show spotlighting caricature art, where I discussed and demonstrated her art (see the video link here). This was a great experience, rivaling the portrait cookie decorating contest I was selected to complete in with a handful of other portrait artists, for Food Network's "Ham on the Street" taped in Norwalk, in the early 2000s, in which she was a winner (certainly not due to her frosting)! I also drew a local celebrity Teresa LaBarbara (host of News Channel 8 CT Style) live at a fundraising event and she shared the caricature on the show! In 2017, I created a 47 subject caricature featuring a logo and building for a corporate Christmas card, so see, caricatures are not just for live events (see some gift commissions here as well).

Anyhow, I hope to draw you and your guests very soon!
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Birthday Party (Adult)

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Judy is a highly talented caricaturist who added a most special and memorable touch to my 11-year-old daughter's party. She arrived promptly and began drawing head shots immediately. Judy has such a sweet personality and was very friendly to all of my guests. I believe she captured the likenesses of faces better than any caricaturist I've ever seen. My younger guests were enthralled by her work and ecstatic to be able to take their pictures home. Judy was a memorable highlight of the party. I am so happy that she was available to perform at my event and I would be extremely eager to hire her again!

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Birthday Party (Kids)

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Judy was nothing short of amazing! My daughter's 12th birthday party, with 9 of her closest friends, was so much fun, Judy laughed along with them and truly enjoyed the girls! Her caricatures were fantastic, as she drew the girls got to watch and were amazed as Judy transformed her paper into a picture that truly looked like each of the girls! Her drawings were realistic and not offensive (some caricaturists exaggerate), and the girls all LOVED their pictures! I would highly recommend Judy, she is fast, accurate, and fun! Thanks for making my daughter's birthday one she will never forget!

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Christening

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Judy did a fantastic job at my son's christening! She did caricatures of the children and kept them entertained through most of the reception. I would definitely recommend her and will keep her in mind for another event! Thank you Judy!!

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Graduation Party

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Our school used JT Art & Design for our post-graduation party. Judy was very easy to work with, she was very accommodating regarding our budget but didn't compromise in her service or quality. The feedback I received was that Judy was very friendly and was quite popular with the students. I would certainly recommend her to other groups and we hope she will be available for our party next year!

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Wedding Reception

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Judy was AMAZING! We were nervous before our wedding if we went the right route rather then doing a photobooth! Our guests raved about her and her work! It was one of the best decisions we ever made! We were so incredibly happy with her. No amount of compliments could ever express how grateful and appreciative we are for her making our wedding day so wonderful! Thank you so much! Seriously, BOOK HER, You won’t regret your decision!!!

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Sweet 16 Party

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Judy was awesome with all of the kids at my daughter's 16th birthday party! She took the time to get to know the kids while she was drawing and they thought she was super! Her caricatures were spot on and all the kids were so excited to share theirs with each other. Thanks, Judy, for making my daughter's 16th birthday so special!

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Wedding

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Judy was the perfect addition to our Disney-inspired wedding! Guests loved having their portraits drawn and complimented us on what a beautiful job she did. We adored ours, too!! Judy was an absolute pleasure to work with and we both highly recommend her!!

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First Communion

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Judy was absolutely fantastic and really made my sons communion party extra special. She is extraordinarily talented as well as friendly! Our guests loved their caricature portraits as mementos. Judy was friendly and chatted with each guest as she drew them, including babies! I highly recommend her for her talented artwork, and professionalism. Five stars all the way!

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Wedding Reception

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It was a pleasure having Judy as the caricaturist at my wedding! Her work was just lovely and my guests had a great time getting their pictures done. This is a great alternative to a photo booth and I would highly recommend it, especially with Judy as your artist!

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Birthday Party (Kids)

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Judy was a pleasure to work with. Not only is she extremely talented she is also very personable. She made my daughters 12th birthday one to remember. All the girls were amazed to see how accurate their caricatures were. She was able to really capture each girls unique features and made them look so beautiful. I would recommend JT Art & Design to all of my friends and colleagues.

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2019
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High Meadow picnic
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1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
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24
Event venue
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28
Community College
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11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
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Community College
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11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
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Aug
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Marist College Activity Fair
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12:00 PM - 4:00 PM
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Private Birthday party
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Sep
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Picnic grove wedding
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3:00 PM - 6:00 PM
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Wedding Reception
Agawam, MA
7:00 PM - 9:30 PM
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Library event
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1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
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Brewery fundraiser
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7:30 PM - 9:30 PM
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College family weekend
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12:00 PM - 4:00 PM
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Vending
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11:00 PM - 5:00 AM
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Aug
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Pet adoption event
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12:00 PM - 4:00 PM
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Private residence bridal shower
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Elderly agency
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Chamard Vineyards (Wedding)
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6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
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Birthday Party (Kids)
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4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
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Aug
10
30th birthday party
Meriden, CT
2:30 PM - 4:30 PM
2019
Aug
9
Rehearsal Dinner
Trumbull, CT
8:00 PM - 10:00 PM
2019
Aug
3
Birthday Party (Adult)
Meriden, CT
1:30 PM - 3:00 PM
2019
Aug
2
USCG
New Haven, CT
10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
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Jul
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House party
Beacon, NY
12:30 PM - 4:30 PM
2019
Jul
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Georgina's
Bolton, CT
7:00 PM - 10:30 PM
2019
Jul
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Yacht Club kids event
Stamford, CT
11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
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Please note JT Art & Design will also travel to Beacon Falls, Prospect, Waterbury, Middlebury, Winchester Center, Bethany, Oxford, Cheshire, Cornwall, Oakville, Seymour, Watertown, Wolcott, Hamden, Plantsville, Southbury, Woodbridge, Woodbury, Ansonia, Derby.
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