As our fundraiser, Mike would like to offer to sell you original artwork caricature-style family portraits or single family member portraits. These can be simple or themed. The style will not include background images, similar to photography portraits.
You get to choose the theme. The themes for our family have been Native Americans, cheerleaders, astronauts, elves, Star Wars, rock stars, Harry Potter-style wizards, and fairy tale characters. You may choose one we have used or something else that you think of. Just make sure to choose something that you love. Here are some more suggestions: Frankenstein and a monster family, vampires, a favorite movie or musical cast, a movie or television cartoon character or family of characters(Disney princesses or Buzz Lightyear), superheroes, super-villains, video game characters, or athletes.
Characters/creatures without human faces, such as animals and many puppets, are fantastic to be in the portrait next to your family or child, but it is difficult to make your child look like a dog, for instance, because we want to make sure your child is recognizable in the portrait. If your child’s favorite character is large, it is possible for him or her to be riding the creature as well (such as a dragon or one of the cars from Cars).
The starting recommended donation for these portraits will be $100, because unlike caricatures, they take a significant amount of time to create. This portrait took Mike about 5 hours. Please consider increasing that donation per person because of the increased time. But, like we said, this is something we are doing for Penelope, so if you have questions please talk to us.
If you have Mike caricature more than one family member, you may choose to have them on the same or separate portraits. Any character that you are portrayed as or with will be illustrated in Mike’s artistic style. Mike will retain the actual rights to the artwork but you will have the file and may print it or display it for any personal use.
If you would like a more detailed illustration that includes background images like our family portraits, please make arrangements with Mike.
Please feel free to pass this on to someone else that you think would be interested.