to my home-made website ~ I'm "Mr Sketchum",
hire based in London; my
ordinary name is Alfie Deliss, but do please call me
past nineteen years I've been booked to perform at over two thousand
entertaining guests by quickly doing
fun'n'free on-the-spot lightning caricatures.
impossible to predict quite what events will be like -
some can be jolly surreal! Voilà me, Monsieur Sketchum
in his (my) French "ensemble", attending
a wedding at
Dick Strawbridge MBE
in France - which turned out to be a really magical booking
for a brief lowdown).
..A couple of
months earlier, I was asked to dress up as a "Belgian hipster
artist" and be filmed for a TV ad
sketching Paul Gascoigne (the one-and-only
GAZZA) on the top of an open-top double-decker
being interviewed about
World Cup football fixture results, all the while
pretending to be Belgian!
for a brief rundown).
work at some pretty remarkable places, but anyplace where
people are up for a little fun, meaning I get the
foster a good atmosphere,
is good enough for me.
working table-to-table over dinners and
sometimes from one spot, all I need is my
paper and pens - and a guest with a smile (I can work with fake).
amuse themselves by joining in as the subjects, as
sardonic commentators, and as enthralled witnesses
super-likenesses taking shape in nothing flat, and
before they know it are presented with
eye-popping party gifts - which they all just
a major part in
creating - simply by having a bit of a giggle!
best cara...cari..caraciktcha I've ever
had! Out of all the caracikitchas I've ever
Wentworth Golf Club
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Maybe you should
think about doing it for a living!!"
Johnny Ball, genial
mathematical showman & television
As well as giving their verdicts on my
portraits (I don't mind! *he says*),
guests adore rejoicing when
they've come out well as well as ribbing
one-another over who looks hilarious,
making for spontaneous cheeky repartee that in a funny old way
really bring people together.
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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,
"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
(about a leaving gift done for her colleagues at
their local bar)
Most of my
caricatures are of "singletons", but
naturally sometimes couples & groups want to be immortalised together. As long as I
can be sure of not getting too "tied up" with one set of guests, I'm
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
heavy A4 laser paper, and present every
caricature inside a fancy clear splash-proof
top'n'side-opening document folder (none of that
punched plastic pocket rubbish :)
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)
please, not to punish! In actual fact with some people whatever I draw
- the real thing is always
funnier! In all sreiousness though,
truth is by nature I favour ladies,
that are fun but often also quite kind.
It's the gentlemen who
supply me with comedy raw material, just by
being naturally amusing.
is it he does again?"
relative proportions, then injecting only as much broad-brush
exaggeration as is needed for emphasis or
effect, my caricature style skips
a fine line between realism & farce.
Picking up on and highlighting those fleeting
but uniquely characteristic faces my subjects
pull, I create
that hit the mark so well they look
more like you than you do!!
"live" caricatures suit any occasion (although
I've not worked at a séance -
yet...) ~ Here are the three types of event that I sketch at the
are fab, and my fave event to
attend. I get a buzz going, and provide personal
keepsakes by mix'n'mingling during
winding my way around the wedding breakfast
and when things become more of a party
I'm in high demand since I
make guests crack up so much.
"Even superb wedding photographs
can’t capture the sides to you that Mr Sketchum's
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at the end!
parties mean I can methodically "work the room",
"pinball style" (!) by animating and bouncing
off group after group. Smaller gatherings are a
treat, as they're good-natured affairs where I'm
amongst family, friends and colleagues who'll
get on famously anyway - so with
they have a
well as adding ice-breaking
laughter to your event, I supply original talking points, personalised artwork (with your branding if that's
function as a 'human marketing tool'
by assisting you in creating events which
simultaneously entertain, generate awareness of, and reflect well on
"Could you stop flaring your
nostrils at me just for a few seconds?"
sweet! I put my face in your hands!"
jewellery sale, his place
took my first booking
to sketch at a
and Spinster Ball"
whilst still studying at
Thanks to the
of carousing Débs
and their potted Delights
amid the chaos wasn't boring
and soon, *ahem*, my magnetic personality rose
to the fore.
with nineteen years' full-time experience
"live" (on-the-spot/walkabout/close-up not quite dead yet)
caricature artist for hire,
delightfully wicked sketches, and an incredibly
pleasant, modest personality, I've achieved total mastery at the fine Art
of...almost managing to get out of the way of waiters!
"Find a job you love and you'll never have to
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available on request
Fluent French & German spoken ~