Caricature and Illustration by Michael Beickel
- Serving Santa Barbara and Los Angeles CA
Michael's caricatures are excellent fun for company parties, birthdays, mitzvahs, weddings, grand openings, or just about any occasion where people want to have fun!
| MICHAEL HAS DRAWN OVER 250,000 PEOPLE FROM AROUND THE WORLD. His caricatures are humorous, yet kind and inoffensive. "Michael is well-received by guests of all ages. He is extremely fast and does a quality job. He offers a one-of-a-kind piece of art and a great souvenir." Marcy Clevenger, Director of Activities, The Alisal Guest Ranch, Solvang, CA. "Not only did Michael draw hilarious and impeccable caricatures of our cast, he was completely professional and a lot of fun." Leda Miliga, producer, MTV, "The 70's House."
WHEN ENTERTAINING, MICHAEL DRAWS APPROXIMATELY 12 CARICATURES PER HOUR. Each person is pictured doing a favorite pastime, sport, hobby, or occupation. If only the head is drawn, Michael can draw approx. 20 portraits per hour. 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.
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.
A PARTIAL CLIENT LIST includes: 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, movie producer, Jon Peters ( "Rain Man", "A Star is Born", "Superman Returns"), Magel Roddenberry, Star of Star Trek's The Next Generation, Champion Surfer Tom Curren, Kauai Coconut beach Resort, Radisson Hotels & Resorts, The Alisal Guest Ranch, The El Encanto Hotel, The Upham Hotel, Alias Wavefront Technologies, MovieLink, Imation Corp., The Comedy Magazine (cover and article illus.), Reason Magazine (cover and article illus.), Great Days Publishing (posters sold nationally), Western Graphics Corporation (internationally distributed posters), Pacific Bell, Merrill Lynch, Ross Products, United Way (corporate designs for publication), Blue Cross (cartoons for publication), The American Cancer Association, The Nancy Davis Foundation for MS, The Grossman Burn Center, Los Angeles Queen of Angels Hospital, Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital, Medtronic USA, Inc., The Los Olivos Equine Clinic, The Glendale Police Association, The Santa Barbara Symphony, The Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History, KEYT-TV of Santa Barbara, The University of California at Santa Barbara (brochure illus., and entertainment for numerous depts.), Chapman University School of Law, several wineries including: Zaca Mesa winery, Los Olivos Vintners, Santa Ynez Winery, and Buttonwood Winery, The Valley Club of Montecito, the Santa Barbara Polo and Racquet Club, the Santa Barbara Downtown Association, the University Club of Santa Barbara, and many more.
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). Portraits can be drawn in several different mediums including: felt pen and pencil( in black & white), brush and india ink(black & white), pastel, colored pencil, or watercolor, or a combination of these. Also, specify the size you prefer( 8X10, 11X14, or larger). The price reflects which medium you choose, and how much time your artwork will take, as well as CA sales tax, and shipping. It is best to talk in person with Michael about your artwork. Please contact Michael as far in advance as possible, especially around holiday times.
"It gives me great pleasure to write this letter of recommendation for Michael...who has worked for me as a caricaturist for (ten) 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
"The lineup to get a caricature was steady all night, and many of the guests commented on how much fun it was."
"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."
"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."
"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..."
"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."
"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!"
"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!"
"Jay Leno appreciates your kind gesture...Thank you again, and we hope you continue to enjoy "The Tonight Show."
Michael Beickel began drawing at the age of four, and knew from the start that one day he would be making his living as an artist, and most likely as a cartoonist. It was at this time that Michael began entertaining his friends by drawing cartoons of them, and for them.