Frequently Asked Questions
How much are your caricature services?
There is a wide range of prices for each service. Please contact me for a price for the service you are interested in. Please note that I offer savings and special offers when more than one of my services are booked.
What kind of photo is required for a caricature?
The better the photo the better the caricature! Poor resolution photos can delay your caricature. Here are some guidelines to help you:
- Good resolution
- Preferably a recent photograph of the person
- Image must be in focus and Lighting must be good too, if the photo is too dark it will be very difficult to work with.
- A photo of the person's typical smile or common expression, that way I can truly capture their personality i.e. If you want the person drawn smiling, then i will need a photo of the person smiling.
But if you are stuck and only have the one photo of the person, email me a copy and I will tell you if I can work from it.
Remember, you can never send me too many photos. The more images the merrier
What is the best way to contact you?
I would recommend by email, as when I am painting, it requires 100 percent of my concentration so I sometimes have my phone on silent. I will always get back to you though once you leave me a message.
What kind of photo is required for a Caricature Sculpture?
I require at least 3 photos, one from the front and two from the sides. Because it is 3dimensional, to truly capture the resemblance of a person, I would need to know how they would look from every angle.
How do I send the booking form and photos?
Preferably emailed, however postage can be arranged if that suits you better. Please email or phone for postal address.
Do your Hand painted or digital caricatures come framed?
Framing is extra, but I have two fantastic options that will suit any budget.
How many caricatures can you draw at a live event in 1 hour?
I'm a firm believer in quality over quantity. Normally for a decent caricature it takes up to 5minutes. Some caricaturists state they can do them in less time, but I think that service can be rather like a caricature conveyor belt, with little or no communication with your guests. The live interaction I have with my clients puts them at ease and allows them to enjoy having their caricature done. I think having a bit of craic and fun is all part and parcel of the whole experience.
What are the caricature sculptures made with?
The highest quality polymer clay. When fired it sets solid
How big are the sculptures and how much do they weigh?
On average the sculptures weigh about 450grams each and are about 5 to 6 inches. However this varies from person to person.
Do your caricatures ever offend anyone ?
Caricatures are my area of expertise, so it will always be my interpretation based on the photos you supply. My intention is never to offend anybody. I endeavour to exaggerate in all of my caricatures, while maintaining someone's characteristics and features. Remember a caricature is meant to provide a fun element, to lift someone's spirits and to give them a giggle. It is not a portrait, but if there is a certain feature you are a little more sensitive about, please advise me and I will not focus on it.
For your live caricature entertainment do you travel ?
Of course, I travel nationwide. Travel expenses are extra, i charge a flat rate per mile to and from the destination, to cover time & travel expenses outside of Dublin.
ORDERING AND PAYMENT
How do i order?
Simply by using the contact facility on this website or email firstname.lastname@example.org, i will then send you out a booking form
When do I pay for my caricature?
I require 100 euro deposit per commission to secure your booking and the balance is then paid four weeks prior to delivery. However if you require delivery in less than 4 weeks, i will require full payment before i begin your commission.
How do I pay?
Payment can be made via bank draft, bank transfer, paypal (3% surcharge), postal order, cheque or bank draft. You will be issued a receipt by email for all payments received.
Can I cancel an order?
Yes, you will only forfeit your booking deposit. Any other payments will be refunded.
How soon should i place my order?
I would advise as soon as possible, as I get booked up very quickly. Especially for peak wedding season and holidays.
How are the caricatures delivered?
If you opt for delivery, it is sent by courier. This is a premium secure delivery service. There is a track and trace system that will allow you see where your caricature is on its journey to you. It guarantees next working day delivery and requires a signature as proof of delivery.
How much is postage?
Courier post is ㈔. This includes the box and packaging to insure that your caricature arrives to you safe and well. These prices are for the Republic Of Ireland; please email me for quotes to other countries. Alternatively you can collect from the studio in Killester.
Do you deliver worldwide?
Yes. I have sent many commissions to all parts of the globe. Please just email me and I can provide you a quote.
What if something is broken when it arrives?
Because there are intricate details on almost all of my sculptures, they are indeed somewhat fragile, however with careful handling, every sculpture can be easily moved and touched without the fear of damage.Your sculpture will be placed in a double walled cardboard box & surrounded by packaging peanuts for maximum protection.
Every effort is made to ensure your parcel reaches you in one piece, however in the unlikely event that it arrives damaged, please notify the courier company directly and they will handle your claim. All my sculptures are fully insured up to the parcel value.
Does someone need to be home for deliveries?
Yes, all my deliveries require someone to sign for it.