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Welcome to my home-made website - I'm Mr Sketchum, an experienced London caricaturist & entertainer for hire at parties, weddings and corporate events. I'm the man at the party with a clipboard - however not the one supervising the taxi queue.

My ordinary name is Alfie, but do please call me Mr Sketchum! I've been booked to draw on-the-spot lightning sketches at over 2000 events of all kinds all over the UK for 19+ years now, helping turn gatherings into parties and parties into memorable occasions.

With such vast experience as a professional "live" (on-the-spot/walkabout/close-up/not quite dead yet) caricature artist working exclusively at events, delightfully wicked yet also kind sketches, and an incredibly pleasant, modest personality, I'm just about starting to get the gist of it.

"That's the best cara...cari..caraciktcha I've ever had! Out of all the caracikitchas I've ever ever had!"
A beaming Jamie Redknapp, Wentworth Golf Club

 

 

 

 

Corporate Events  

Weddings & Anniversaries  

Birthday Bashes  

Networking Drinks  

Conferences/seminars  

High-profile Galas  

Leaving Celebrations (!)  

Christmas Parties  

Company Dinners  

Press/VIP Junkets  

Family Fun Days  

Sack/Egg'n'Spoon Races  

Expos/Trade Shows  

Student Brawls  

House Parties  

B'n'B Mitzvahs  

Lunches & Launches  

You tell me!!  

 

Have spacesuit!

And Thermos!

Will travel!

Last-minute? No problem!

Skip agency fees!

"Roving" and/or "static"!

Funny AND flattering!

FREE caricatures!

Small faces half price!

Your graphics pre-printed!

Up to twenty sketches p/h!

To ridiculous from sublime!

Indisputable masterpieces!

Friendly reliable service!

Established 1999!

Every face 0.1+99.9% unique!

19 years' experience!

More you than you!!


 

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"Not bad! You should think about doing it for a living!!"

Johnny Ball (genial mathematical showman, television legend & all-round brilliant guy), Grosvenor House

I went full-time in 1999, although I actually took my first booking at a chaotic Bachelor & Spinster Ball whilst still studying at Chelsea College of Art way back in 1991, so in fact you could say I've been a caricaturist in London 27 years. After that I took a degree in illustration, then did 2D animation, then this...

I can never predict what jobs will be like - some can be quite surreal! Voilà Monsieur Sketchum (below) in his French "ensemble", at a magical wedding in the château of Dick Strawbridge & Angel Adoree in France. Click here for un tout petit peu more

A couple of months earlier, I was asked could I dress myself up as a "Belgian hipster artist", in order to be filmed for a TV ad where I was to sketch Paul Gascoigne (Gazza) up on an open-top double-decker bus while being interviewed about World Cup football results (!?!), all the while pretending to be Belgian! Click here for more

 

I find myself landing in some pretty unusual situations, but anyplace where guests are up for a little fun and I'm given the opportunity to foster a good atmosphere is good enough for me. I can "mix'n'mingle" during drinks, sketch table-to-table over dinners, or be "static" - all I need is a guest with a smile (I can work with fake).

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Chef of the Month ~ Nico Ladenis
(this section hasn't that much to do with my live work but hey ho!)

Nico Ladenis
A one-time mentor of Gordon Ramsay, at whom he once famously threw a plate of rancid ox tripe.
He also
"..elevated the baked bean into an art form".

 Click for more chef-d'œuvres of chefs Marcus Wareing, Giorgio Locatelli, Paul Bocuse, Joël Robuchon, Peter Gilmore, Tom Sellers, Clare Smyth, Phil Howard, Alex Atala, Anthony Bourdain & Isaac McHale.... 





   

Guests take part as subjects, as sardonic commentators, and as awe-stricken witnesses to the likenesses coming together in nothing flat, and then are presented with unique gifts which they all just played a huge part in creating - simply by being there and having a giggle!

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As well as giving their verdicts on my cartoon portraits (I don't mind! *he says*), guests adore rejoicing when they've come out well, as well as ribbing one-another over who looks peculiar, which makes for spontaneous, cheeky yet super-friendly repartee that in a funny old way can really bring people together.

"How sweet! I put my face in your hands!"

Andrew Logan, jewellery sale, his place

  

"Everyone loved your "works of art". We were really impressed with the jaw-dropping likenesses, long after you'd gone they were making the rounds to howls of laughter. Hilarious!"

Geoff & Lucy, Brighton

"Thanks for last night Alfie, Kim was touched to be given such a great memento of her ten years with the team at Hilton. Everyone had fun & thought it was a brilliant idea."

Alexandra Dumoulin, Hilton Group

By picking up on the fleeting but unique characteristics of my subjects, I create likenesses that look more you than you!* (*apols. to David Low there!)

 I mainly draw ''singletons", but naturally couples & groups often ask to be immortalised together. As long as I can be sure to not get too tied up with one set of guests I'm happy to oblige - this can be amazing fun for some  close-knit "gangs" of partygoers.

I can preprint your graphics and/or a message of your choice onto each sheet of paper I use (for a one-off fee of £50) ~ to mark the occasion, distinguish a brand, convey the ethos of a campaign, or simply to add a stylish personal touch. Let me know if this option might interest you & I'll explain further.

I draw on heavyweight A4 laser paper, and present every free caricature inside a top-quality top'n'side-opening plastic sleeve.

"Give her a body like Baywatch ~ and a face like Crimewatch!!"

Anonymous (heartily bellowed at me from the other end of the room by a fellow at a Warburtons Bakery event)

With some people, anything any caricature artist draws, the real thing is always funnier! In fact it's gentlemen who supply me with raw comedy material, simply by being naturally amusing. In all sreiousness though, I aim to please, not to punish, and by nature I favour ladies, capturing likenesses that are fun, but also often quite kind.

"What is it he does again??"

Mr Sketchum's mother

Here are the three types of event that I sketch at the most:

Weddings are my fave event to attend. My sketches go down incredibly well amongst family members. I usually mix'n'mingle during drinks, then wind my way around the wedding breakfast tables, and when things have loosened up I'm in high demand since I make guests crack up so much.

For more on wedding caricatures, click here

"For just a few seconds, would you mind not flaring your nostrils at me?"
Mr Sketchum

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Big parties allow me to work the room by animating and bouncing between groups. Smaller gatherings are a treat as they tend to be easygoing as I'm amongst family, friends and colleagues who'll get on famously anyway - so with me there they really flip their wigs!

Now taking bookings for Christmas party caricatures!

       

      CORPORATE      

As well as laughter (the best icebreaker of all), I supply personalised original artwork which can be preprinted with your branding, and function as a "marketing tool" by helping you to create events which simultaneously create an engaging and interactive activity with entertainment, and generate awareness of your organisation.

More on corporate caricatures here >> CORPORATE

"Find a job you love and you'll never have to work again."

Confucius (551-479 BC)

 

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