It’s Nice to Have Nice Things Said.
The role of a caricature artist, of course, is to reproduce a likeness of the subject in a whimsical, somewhat exaggerated manner. The keyword for Joel here is likeness.
He prides himself on capturing the essence of the individual, with obvious characteristics as hair, eyes, nose, ears, skin patterns and more providing the distinguishing features.
But it always comes back to likeness. After all, if a custom caricature doesn’t look like the person, both artist and subject have been shortchanged.
“Great job! We hosted a family friendly event at work and had Joel as part of our activities. He did a fantastic job and was really a hit with the attendees.” — Shikery Fadel, Human Rsources, TIAA
“To anyone who reads this review, I cannot stress the importance of the following: You MUST understand the difference between “fast mediocrity” and “true artistic quality.” Joel is not one of the many “quick-draw Sharpie-pen” caricaturists out there. Joel is a TRUE ARTIST, and he creates true works of art using charcoal and pencil–something that your guests will cherish for a lifetime. So, do you want “fast mediocrity” or something that might take just a little bit longer–but which will have your guests saying “Thank You” for many years to come? For me, the choice is obvious, and it should be for you, too! Keep up the beautiful work, Joel. There is a shortage of this kind of stuff in our world today.” — Barry Richards (AKA “Magic Barry”)
“Joel provides a unique form of entertainment. While drawing caricatures of our guests he is able to capture their personality as well! What a treat for us all!” –– Jane W. Johns, Club Member Services & Events, The Speedway Club, Charlotte Motor Speedway
“I have both hired Joel Kweskin and seen his work around town. What distinguishes him from all other caricaturists is the quality of his work. He always achieves a good likeness of his subject. This is no accident. Both his parents were apparently fine artists. With one of Kweskin’s caricatures in hand, your guest will leave your event with a piece of professional quality art work they will no doubt want to frame. He is reliable, fast, and puts his subject at ease immediately with humor and warmth. If you hire him you’re hiring the best. I recommend him highly and without reservation.” — Jonathan Singer, Author/Writer
“When we have worked with Joel in the past he has always been interactive and great to work with. He makes sure to keep you entertained as he does his thing. Working with him is always a pleasure. He is a true artist and it’s always a great treat to get a custom caricature done by him.” — Vinny Esposito, Founder and President, Split Second Sound and DJ Services
“Joel’s work has been a signature statement for our restaurant from day one. In truth our bar wouldn’t be the same without them. We have ten of his pieces currently hanging and plan to commission more as the years go on. Each piece is meticulously detailed and shows a level of skill rarely found today. I can’t count the number of times I have seen guests admiring them. He is a pleasure to work with and is a consummate professional. I would recommend his work for whatever your needs! Thank you again, Joel!” — Bryan Crossan, General Manager, Harry’s Grille & Tavern
“What do you get the man who has everything? A custom caricature (of course)! That’s exactly what we did for Jim Rogers, our retiring CEO. We enlisted Joel to create a piece that included the retiring exec and our other top leaders. Joel was SO easy to work with – especially on our tight schedule. He was able to capture our vision and improve upon it in ways we never could imagine. Our top leaders are still talking about how impressed they are with the final product.” — Lee Freedman, Corporate Communications, Duke Energy
“I am Joel Kweskin’s biggest fan. Last spring I searched for the perfect birthday gift for a dear friend’s 40th birthday party and I decided to think outside the box. Suddenly it came to me to commission an artist to draw a picture of my friend. Little did I know I would find one of the best caricature artists around! The original picture was blown up to poster size and everyone wrote their well wishes along the border. Not only was it a tremendous hit at the party but to me it WAS the party. When the guest walked in and saw the picture they laughed and started making jokes about the birthday boy. Thanks, Joel, for making my gift the life of the party!” — Elaine Leo
“Joel drew caricatures for the guests at our wedding and he was a huge hit! He was great to work with from start to finish. He has a great personality and he was on time, professional, and great with all of our guests. There was a line of guests from start to finish, we even ended up hiring him for more time because so many people wanted Joel to draw them. Joel is a very talented artist, he was able to capture each individual’s personality and it was great to watch him work. Guests took their drawings at the end of the night and some said they were even going to get them framed and hang them. I would definitely recommend Caricatures by Joel for any event!!” — Lindsay Bonsignore, Bride
“I was working in Paris and, on a Saturday excursion, I visited an area of over 100 artists (one location) offering caricatures and portraits for passersby. It was easy to compare one to another vs. the client, and easy to see the skill difference. I have seen Joel’s caricature art at several Charlotte events and he offers high quality work that seems to have a mesmerizing effect on all who watch. He also has great skills in working with the subject. Joel is tops on my list among caricature artists!” — Barry Pruitt, afC, ABRCCI, Management Consulting
“Joel, thank YOU! Tremendous job. I think you stole the show! Thanks for a great event!” — John Cheshier, Regional Sales Manager, Iowa Mold Tooling Co.
“Always a guest favorite, Joel and his caricatures are the absolute best around. I wouldn’t think to call anyone else for this type of entertainment.” — Alyse Meyers, former Managing Director-Charlotte, Sterling Events Group
“Joel’s unique ability in capturing personalities in his caricature drawings — whether it’s children, adults, bride and groom…or even animals — blows me away every time! To watch the process of how much fun, emotion and excitement that is captured with his art is something that everyone should experience. I have been a part of many weddings and events throughout the years, and his ability to create a lifelong memory is magical! I would highly recommend his caricature art services to anyone looking to add another dimension to their event. Sincere thanks!” — Carlie Halstead, formerly The Michael Catlow Group
“I have known Joel for several years as the caricature artist with the great personality. He is well known in our industry not only for his amazing artistic ability, but his quick wit and humor. Anyone looking for a great entertainment addition to their event should consider hiring Joel. Your guests will thank you.” — Gail Ciriello Buff, Owner, Cheesecake Etc.
“Want you to know that the guests are still talking about the event and how much having you there made it that much more fun. You are so talented and I’m so glad you could be there to create some wonderful memories for us. I’ll definitely keep you in mind for future events.” — Tara Linker, Executive Assistant, Albemarle Corporation
“Joel is not only a gifted caricature artist, but is personable and comical. As corporate event planners, we always add an ‘element of unique,’ and Joel is a great resource when the event calls for guest interaction.” — Kymberly Brantigan, President, The Charlotte Destination Group
“Joel, thank you so much for working our event. The feedback was overwhelmingly positive! Everyone had a great time and really loved having their cartoon portrait drawn. I will definitely keep you in mind for future events. Thanks!” — Cassie Salyers, Showroom Manager, Ferguson Enterprises
“We love Joel’s work. And we love his professionalism and fun personality.” — Holly Lunn, Event Coordinator, Extravaganza Events and Props
“Working with Joel is as amazing as his caricatures. He was able to capture the inner me in the form of a caricature to the point it now graces my profile and promotional advertisement.” –– Pamela Howard, President, Howard & Howard Event Planners
“I love Joel’s beautiful and fun art creations. He has a wonderful, kind energy which makes him fit in with any audience. Thank you for sharing your work with the NAWP!” — Marsha Pruitt, The Event Host; Past President, Charlotte chapter, National Association of Wedding Professionals
“Dr. Schwieterman cracked up when our CEO presented him with his “Maverick” custom caricature; he loved it. All the other gifts given out were more typical — engraved clocks and art glass sculptures. But Bill’s was unique…like him. Thanks, Joel!” — Linda Anthony, Chelsea Therapeutics
Charlotte, North Carolina 28270