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Welcome to my website, i
maĶke make it my
self; I'm the London caricaturist
known as Mr Sketchum ~ the man busy at
the party with a clipboard ~
but I'm not there supervising the taxi queue!
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humdrum everyday name is Alfie Deliss, but
go on then, call me Mr Sketchum! For the
past seventeen years I've been
caricaturist & "close-up", or
"walkabout" entertainer, based in
London but for hire all across the UK; I
get guests smiling & giggling by
sketching amusing, yet also appealing,
on-the-spot cartoon portraits at social occasions
such as private parties, weddings receptions and corporate events.
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with proceedings, I navigate and foster a good
social milieus. All I
need is pens, paper and just the hint of a smile (I
can work with fake), leaving me free me to roam and
mix'n'mingle during drinks,
table-hop over dinners (not
literally), and if it's best,
allocate spots where guests can come
over to rest their feet and have a giggle for a couple of minutes whilst they sit for me.
"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
Partygoers get involved
as the subjects "in the spotlight", as sardonic
commentators, and as spectators, their eyes on
stalks watching the likenesses
rapidly take shape...and after some repartee
& few penstrokes
are rewarded (courtesy of their hosts) with a unique
souvenir of the occasion - which they helped create!
best...cara...caractcha I've ever
had...out of all the caractchas I've
Wentworth Golf Club
the opportunity to generate a good atmosphere by
gingerly introducing creativity and doing something I'm good at is really rewarding.
Individuals possess distinct personalities to go
with sets of unique features, so I try to provide a
new slant on each subject, and capture their
the thumbnails to aggrandise
verdicts on how good or bad my sketches
are (I don't mind! *he says*), either
congratulating each other (and themselves, secretly) if they've come out well, or
the opposite - delightedly ribbing one
another over who looks a bit peculiar -
which actually, in a funny old way,
really brings people together.
"Not bad! You should
think about doing it for a living!!"
Johnny Ball, genial
mathematical showman & television
nerve centre of my London HQ, I've
been zigzagging up'n'down
professionally since 1999. Equipped
expired Railcard and a leaky Thermos™, I'm no stranger to
Network Rail might mutter, "It's a tough
to do it!"
Fridays, weekends &
peak dates get booked up fast!
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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.
Geoff & Lucy,
Most of my
caricatures are of "singletons", but
naturally sometimes couples & groups wish to be immortalised together. As long as I
can be sure not to get tied up with one set of guests I'm glad to
If you like I can preprint graphics and/or
a message of your choice onto
each sheet of
paper I use ~ to mark the occasion, distinguish a brand, convey the
ethos of a campaign, or simply to add a stylish personal touch.
I draw on
(A4, 200gsm) smooth white card, and present each caricature inside
a (free!) clear
splash-proof top'n'side-opening folder (a good quality (deluxe)) plastic sleeve).
her a body like Baywatch ~ and a face like Crimewatch!!"
(heartily bellowed at me from the other end
of the room by a fellow at a Warburtons Bakery event)
there to please not to punish - in fact
with some people,
the real thing is always funnier no matter what I draw! In all sreiousness though, the
truth is by nature I favour ladies, where I
tend to capture
appealing, genuine likenesses that are fun, but often quite kind.
the chaps who unwittingly supply me with comedy
raw material, simply by being "naturally
"What you think you see
glasses isn't reality dude."
Written (anonymously) in my sketchbook while I was away
use of pinpoint accuracy to establish the
resemblance, and then only as much broad-brush
exaggeration as is needed for emphasis or
effect, my sketches skip between realism & farce.
Picking up on and highlighting the unique
personality, attitudes and subtle, fleeting
facial expressions that are emblematic of a person, I capture
so very convincing they look more like the subjects than the
The three types of event that I sketch at the
your wedding reception with original wedding
favours/keepsakes/goodies and a good sprinkling of
ice-breaking smiles and laughs, I adapt to your schedule ~
I can mingle during post-ceremony/pre-meal
work my way around the wedding breakfast tables,
and also entertain the party later when the "knees-ups"
kick off, and my sketches are often at their most in-demand.
"Even superb photographs
don’t capture the sides to you that Mr Sketchum's
For a little bit more on
My "live" caricatures suit any occasion...although
maybe not funerals...thinking
about it, I've not worked at a séance either
before (or yet!)...but it's on my list of things to do after
I've kicked the bucket.
Big parties mean I can
spread myself about and methodically get a
general buzz going.
Smaller gatherings are a treat, as they're good-natured affairs where I'm amongst
family, close friends and colleagues who already get on famously.
"Corporate people" (!..I
suppose you might simply say business people)
have a wicked sense of humour, and
know how to have fun - in fact they can be systematically
efficient at it! As well as providing laughs, talking points, and unique freebies
(branded - if that's useful),
function as a pretty neat marketing
helping clients create events that simultaneously entertain, generate awareness of their services, and
reflect well on their organisations.
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corporate caricatures ~
for a minute, would you mind not flaring your
nostrils at me?"
nose to the
sweet! I put my face in your hands!"
took my first booking
to sketch at a
and Spinster Ball"
whilst still studying at
and their potted Delights,
sketching was good fun
and soon, *ahem*, my personality shone through.
Now, armed with seventeen
experience, wickedly funny sketches, an
incredibly pleasant, modest personality and grim
determination, I've ascended towards becoming a
at the dizzying
heights of the
Art of...getting out of the way of waiters.
"Find a job you love and you'll never have to
I'm one of the busiest
caricature artists in the UK!
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& availability please use my enquiry form ~
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