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JT Art & Design

Caricaturist from Naugatuck, CT - Will travel up to 100 miles
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MEMBER SINCE 2011
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$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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Wedding

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Judy was such a fun addition to our wedding cocktail hour and reception. Every time I Looked over to her station there was ALWAYS a line of folks eagerly waiting to get their caricature done. I loved it when my friends and family came to show me their pictures, they were all so fun, flattering, and well done! I had many guests tell me that they intend to frame their caricature to hang up at home. On top of being pleasant and easy to coordinate with, Judy was truly talented. The drawings she did for our guests were truly resemblant of her subjects and turned out amazing. I really feel as though Judy was one of the best hires for our wedding day. Thank you, Judy!

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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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PAST EVENTS
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2020
Jul
12
Private celebration
Hamden, CT
4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
2020
Jul
25
Baby shower gig
Stamford, CT
4:00 PM - 7:00 PM
2020
Aug
22
Private anniversary/grad party
Wayne, NJ
3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
2020
Sep
12
Wedding at pavilion
Manchester, CT
7:00 PM - 10:00 PM
2020
Oct
3
Winery wedding
Colchester, CT
4:30 PM - 8:30 PM
2020
Oct
11
Hartford Marriott /Mitzvah
Hartford, CT
6:30 PM - 11:30 PM
2020
Oct
18
Gallagher Mansion Mitzvah
Stamford, CT
7:00 PM - 10:00 PM
2020
Oct
24
Wedding at restaurant
Stamford, CT
7:30 PM - 10:30 PM
2020
Oct
31
Wedding at banquet hall
Hamden, CT
8:00 PM - 11:00 PM
2020
Nov
7
Wedding at Seasons
New Haven, CT
7:00 PM - 10:00 PM
2020
Nov
21
Wedding at Mountain Room
Southington, CT
6:30 PM - 11:30 PM
2020
Dec
19
Wedding at restaurant
Hampton, CT
5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
2020
Jul
11
Wedding
Southington, CT
5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
2020
Mar
21
Wedding
Farmington, CT
6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
2020
Mar
10
Purim event
New Rochelle, NY
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
2020
Mar
7
Teen birthday party
Avon, CT
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
2020
Mar
6
Community event
Ridgefield, CT
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
2020
Mar
6
Community event
Ridgefield, CT
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
2020
Feb
29
Birthday party.Elks
Hamden, CT
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
2020
Feb
22
Up all night college event
New Haven, CT
10:00 PM - 4:00 AM
2020
Feb
11
Aqua Turf.CSA banquet
Southington, CT
5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
2020
Feb
10
Aqua Turf.CSA banquet
Southington, CT
5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
2020
Feb
3
University event
New Paltz, NY
11:30 AM - 1:30 PM
2020
Jan
25
Wedding
Farmington, CT
6:30 PM - 8:30 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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