• Company Events and Picnics
  • Birthdays Weddings and Anniversaries
  • Bar/Bat Mitzvahs
  • Family Reunions
  • Gifts and Awards
  • Illustration for Books, Magazine, Websites, Newspaper, Business Cards

  • WHEN ENTERTAINING, MICHAEL DRAWS APPROXIMATELY 10 to 12 CARICATURES PER HOUR. Each person is pictured doing a favorite pastime, sport, hobby, or occupation. The portraits are drawn in black and white on 11X14 acid-free paper, with felt pen, and shaded with pencil. The finished portrait is protected in a clear plastic sleeve. When working out of his studio, Michael can create full-color portraits, and illustrations, utilizing a variety of mediums including: watercolor, colored pencil, india ink and brush, pastel, and often combines these mediums.

    CARICATURE PORTRAITS MAKE UNIQUE GIFTS AND AWARDS. They are fun surprises for: birthdays, retirements, employee awards, anniversaries, 'mitzvahs, weddings, or for just about any occasion. Just send good close-up photographs of the persons, or pets you would like drawn, and a description of how you want them pictured (i.e. their occupation, a sport, or a pastime).

    Michael has been a professional caricaturist for over 35 years, starting at seventeen, and in that time has drawn over 250,000 portraits and delighted people from around the world.

    A LIST OF THE PEOPLE MICHAEL HAS DRAWN IN PERSON, at parties, or for magazine illustrations, or for various other media applications, include: talkshow hosts: Jay Leno, David Letterman, and Rosie O'Donnell; actors: Jane Fonda, Lorenzo Lamas, John Goodman, Peter McNichol, Dick Van Patten, Kelly La Brock, Rebecca DeMornay, Rick Moranis, Cybil Leek, and Michelle Lee; legendary singers and musicians: American Idol's "Velvet Teddy Bear", Ruben Studdard, Patti Page, Roy Clark, Willy Nelson, and Mel Tillis, , drummer Marvin "Smitty" Smith, of the Tonight Show's band; well-known composer John Williams of "Star Wars" fame; three time World Champion Surfer, Tom Curren; Patrick Kennedy Congressman of Rhode Island and State Senator Tom Hayden.

    Disney and Buena Vista Studios, MTV ("The 70's House" caricature portraits of the cast and crew) , Universal Studios, ABC, 20th Century Fox Studios, actors: Jane Fonda and Tim Mathison, Three-time world champion surfer Tim Curren, The Comedy Magazine, Great Days Publishing, Blue Cross, The American Cancer Association, United Way, The Nancy Davis Foundation for MS, The Santa Barbara Museum of Natural history, and many more.

    "We hired Michael to come to the set and draw our cast"..."Not only did he draw hilarious and impeccable caricatures of our cast, he was completely professional and a lot of fun! He made the shoot feel like a party instead of a day of work! Thanks Michael!" Leda Maliga, MTV, producer, "The 70's House"  
    "It gives me great pleasure to write this letter of recommendation for Michael...who has worked for me as a caricaturist for (five) years now. Michael is well-received by guests of all ages...he does an excellent job handling the crowds that eagerly wait in line to get their portraits drawn. He is extremely fast and does a quality job. He offers a.."one of a kind" piece of art and a great souvenir. Michael has a great repartee with participants and is always punctual and consistently accountable." Marcy Clevenger, Director of Activities, The Alisal Guest Ranch, Solvang, CA

    "Thank you so very much for your gracious donation of a one-of-a-kind caricature."
    Nancy Davis, The Nancy Davis Foundation for MS

    "The lineup to get a caricature was steady all night, and many of the guests commented on how much fun it was."
    Byron H. Elton, VP & General Manager for KEYT-TV, Santa Barbara, CA

    "Michael, your (caricatures) at my son Brian's Bar Mitzvah party added so much to the interaction and warmth of the evening. The entertainment value of your caricatures, not to mention your upbeat personality and sense of fun, cannot be matched. I was delighted by all the compliments I received from our guests about your wonderful drawings, and the fact that they will have a lifetime memory to treasure from the event."
    Shari Ross Altarac, Santa Barbara, CA.

    "We celebrated our daughter's 10th birthday... (where) the featured attraction was Michael. Upon arrival, the children gathered around to watch him draw and maintained their vigil until he left...I highly recommend Michael if you'd like to make your celebration a memorable one."
    Veronica Manke, Santa Barbara, CA

    "Councilman Gil Garcia's birthday party exceeded our expectations and your part in it was a great help. The caricature of Gil was excellent! Everyone was oohing and ahhing their pictures..."
    Gloria Garcia, Santa Barbara, CA

    "There is no doubt in my mind that the recent success of my husband's 80th birthday party was a success because of your caricatures of our guests. Even though the children loved you, the adults loved you more! From ages 1 to 88, you were a delight."
    Judy A. Shea, Edward Shea & Associates, Santa Barbara, CA

    "Thank you so much for doing such an outstanding job! The amount of detail you put into the drawings was great. We appreciate your genuine concern about capturing the likeness of those you drew. Conducting busines over the internet always makes us a little leary, but we felt comfortable with you right away. We will be able to enjoy your drawings for years to come! Thanks again!"
    Cindy & Adam Larson, Oceanside,CA

    "Thank you so much for your services at our company party. Everyone has enjoyed their sketches and we're considering putting them on our website in the "about us" area. Happy Holidays!"
    Julianne Prinz, Marketing Manager, Web-Ignite Corp., Santa Barbara, CA

    "Jay Leno appreciates your kind gesture...Thank you again, and we hope you continue to enjoy "The Tonight Show."
    C. Snow, Correspondent, The Tonight Show