Greetings Maidstone, and welcome to London-based caricaturist Mr Sketchum's homemade website. I'm the man in a sharp suit at the party with a clipboard and pen ~ but not the one organising the queue for taxis!

        

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I amuse, astonish and delight guests by sketching lightning-fast, eye-popping cartoon portraits at all sorts of occasions all over the UK and beyond. I've been a full-time freelance caricaturist for hire at events since 1999, and am lucky in that what I do is fun and gives people loads of smiles.

"Thanks again for Saturday. The sketches are absolutely hilarious! Sorry we didn't get in touch earlier this week - we've been recovering!!"

Nick and Sarah (theirs was the first-ever wedding to be held at the Shard, 19/11/14)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Weddings

Corporate Events

Xmas Parties

Office Parties

Private Parties

Birthdays

Conferences

House Parties

Trade Shows

Lunches & Launches

Last-minute booking? No problem!

Upfront pricing & clear booking info.

Friendly professional service

Hire direct & skip agency fees

Pre-printed graphics

Caricatures FREE!

Up to twenty sketches an hour

Group sketches a speciality

The same face over & over

Small faces half price


tel: 07719 262736 ~ alfie@sketchum.co.uk

"...that's the best cara...caractcha I've ever had...er...out of all the caractchas I've ever had!"
Jamie Redknapp (bless him!), Wentworth Golf Club

Blurring the line between farce and realism, my sketches range from full-on laugh-out-loud caricatures, to mischievous parodies (some might say travesties), to quite delicate lifelike "thumbnail sketches". At most events I'll take a combination of all three lines of action, tailoring my approach according to how the subjects and situations present themselves.

I present the sketches to guests absolutely free - as you can imagine, sketching portraits of people you've never met before is hard enough without having to put the bite on them for money as well...

     

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

Anonymous (bellowed at me by a fellow in the crowd at a Warburtons Bakery staff event)

A classic "pub joke" - ! In reality though, my sketches please rather than punish, and never offend. I'm very mindful (and prudent!), and so usually depict ladies appealingly. It tends to be gentlemen, especially loud, rambunctious ones, who can come out...um...let's say naturally amusing.

"Hi Alfie, just a quick email to say many thanks for attending our boat party last night – you were a great hit with the crowd - and you didn't get thrown into the Thames after all!"

Katie Hollis-Wood, Totum (19/9/14)

Pens and paper are my only "props" as such, so I arrive primed for action. I 'mix and mingle' over refreshments, circulate table-to-table during dinners, or find comfortable spots where individuals, couples and groups come to be sketched.

       

 

 

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Contact Alfie ~

: 07719 262736  alfie@sketchum.co.uk

For availability and a quote please use the enquiry form.

 

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"Brilliant! Brilliant! Brilliant!"

Johnny Ball (legend and genial mathematical eccentric), Grosvenor House Park Lane

I map faces out and get a good resemblance in no time, capturing and emphasising those unique fleeting quirky expressions and characteristic attitudes we know each other so well for. With the focus on key traits, and containing the "audacity of simplicity", the likenesses in my sketches are unmistakeable.

"Dear Alfie, I just wanted to say a BIG thank you for last night for all your hard work!! Everybody had a great time. Thank you. Kind Regards, Louis"

Louis Ling, Unite Students (14/9/14)

~ The three types of event which I attend the most : ~

 

"What you see through your glasses isn't reality dude."
Anonymous (written in my sketchbook whilst I was away)

My sketches are often genuinely funny, and can have guests in hysterics - what better way to break down barriers and bring everyone together! Setting tongues wagging as they are shown around, they in turn set an upbeat tone for the party.

Those previously strangers playfully swap comments on the drawings, and those already acquainted either mercilessly rib one another over how peculiar they look, or delight in coo-ing at the appeal in the sketch. It's all good to bring about such bonhomie.

"Everyone loved your "works of art". We were really impressed with the likenesses, and a few of them made the rounds to howls of laughter.

Hilarious!"

Geoff, Brighton (18/7/14)

For the funkytastic low-down on party caricatures "cliquez ici!"  

       

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My sketches capture sides to you and your guests that even the best wedding photographs, although they can be quite beautiful, simply can’t!

At weddings I inject fun into the lulls ~ such as while the photographs are being snapped ~ that occur between proceedings; I mix and mingle during drinks, the welcome line-up, circulate table-to-table during & between courses in the midst of the wedding breakfast , when the speeches have ended, and can work at the evening reception, entertaining the by-now merry and 'up-for-it' crowd.

(*Caution! Corny line coming up!...) *Whether they're all-out lavish extravaganzas or more intimate celebrations ~ I bring big smiles to big days!

"Mr Sketchum performed at our wedding reception. His drawings, along with his sense of humour, went down a storm! He was a fantastic addition to our reception and we're very happy that we booked him. He got along with everyone so well that some of our guests thought that he was a friend of ours!"
~ Sue and John, Chelmsford

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Corporate events aren't stuffy! Corporate guests ~ delegates and the like ~ have as good a sense of humour as you or I, and I can promise you, know how to enjoy themselves.

I function as an effective "marketing device" by helping a company create memorable events which simultaneously entertain, reflect well on their organisation, and generate awareness of what they have to offer.

My persona is self-possessed, neat, and personable with a flair for funny - perfect for relaxed business-focussed gatherings - meaning happy clients and new contacts for you.

"Hey Alfie, thanks for completing the colour caricature – it looks brilliant and Shital is thrilled with it too! Thanks again, Jess"
Jessica Chant, PepsiCo (1/10/14)

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"Thanks so much for your work last evening. So much great feedback! And, I haven’t laughed so much in ages!! Was lovely meeting you and hopefully we’ll see you at a future event."

Paula Storey, International Property, Torus (6/6/13)

~ The Science Bit: ~

I draw the sketches on heavy (200gsm) A4 paper, and present them in clear flush side & top opening  folders. I can work smaller - A6 (postcard size) or A5, as well as big, bold & beautiful in my preferred size: A3, twice that of A4.

I also provide the optional service of pre-printing - subject to proof - your branding/logo/graphics and/or a personal inscription on each sheet of paper I use ~ ideal for leaving a lasting impression ~ to underline the ethos of a campaign, mark an occasion, or simply to add that personal touch.

"The whole evening was lifted by your drawings, and looking at the photos we had a real giggle. Thanks for making the event go with a bang!"

Michèle, Argos HQ, Milton Keynes

     

"Oh how sweet! And you got my best side!"

Andrew Logan (sketched from behind), jewellery sale at his home

Moonlighting from study at Chelsea College of Art, my first performance was at a frenetic charity Bachelor & Spinster Ball. Despite being bamboozled by the brouhaha and having to fight to focus amidst the cacophonous mêlée of potted Débs and their dashing Delights, I valiantly managed to come up with worthy sketches, and soon enough, (*ahem*) my personality shone through.

       

"Hi Alfie ~ Me and Al can't thank you enough! You are brilliant and your sketches are Hilare! Every single guest loved your work and thanks too for squeezing my two little pest sisters in after your finish time! Thanks again so much ~ Tanya and Alan :-)" (9/11/14)

I'm certainly no stranger to county-to-county trekking. Armed with a Thermos™, a railcard, pens & paper and a necessary sense of humour, I'm always traipsing to & back from events the length & breadth of Old Blighty.

"It's a tough job ~ but somebody's got to do it!"

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

Confucius (551-479 BC)

      

"Alfie, massive thank you again for yesterday, you are fantastic!!! Everybody loved you!! Charlotte xx (27/7/14)

For availability and a quote please use the enquiry form below.

(Why not quickly cast an eye at my pricing below? ~)

Contact Alfie ~

("Mr Sketchum" is a stage name!)

: 07719 262736   alfie@sketchum.co.uk

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 Public Liability Insurance   

  £5000 000     

     

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