Rye Smile Caricatures is a husband and wife team, Kev and Jill Rye. We're not the cheapest but we are top quality - our work speaks for itself. Kev is a fantastic caricature entertainer and Jill is the boss, financial advisor and photographer. Kev's work always draws the crowds and guarantees fun and laughter - big smiles, big noses, big teeth and then there are the drawings! Also included in quotes for wedding bookings is an A3 B&W caricature of the 'happy couple' drawn from photos in advance of the big day.
Kev and Jill have often been told they look a lot like Richard Gere and Helen Mirren but more importantly Kev is very talented with the pencil and marker pen. Kev is an East Devon based caricature artist with many years’ experience as an artist and entertainer. Kev's caricatures are a great addition to any event – weddings, parties, corporate functions and trade stands. His drawings provide a superb talking point and are just the thing to bring people together.
Jill often accompanies Kev and takes photographs of your guests with their caricature. Jill is great at striking up a rapport with guests while they wait to have their caricature drawn.
Kev usually draws at an easel. As a guide, more people can be drawn while Kev sits at an easel. Drawing at an easel allows guests to stand behind and watch as the caricature is drawn, which also provides most of the entertainment.
Kev uses high quality A4 card and specialist marker pens. Each caricature takes approximately 5 minutes (or less) and thus could produce 12 to 15 faces per hour. Included are clear plastic pockets to protect the finished artwork.
Go on; have loads of laughter and book me today!
Lauren Evetts• Sept. 21, 2019
I would definitely recommend Kevin and Jill for your function especially if you want something a bit different and unique. Our guests loved having their portraits done and it was great for them to have something to take away too. Kevin and Jill were so genuine and friendly, it was lovely having them at our wedding. The portraits themselves were absolutely brilliant. 100% recommend.
lyndsey vickers• Sept. 13, 2019
Brilliant from the moment we booked you to the day was perfect .... we didn’t see much of you on the day and we were busy with everyone but the guests loved them .
Faye• April 20, 2019
Very friendly. I requested something a little different from him but he managed to fulfil this perfectly. :)
Peter Rawlinson• Feb. 22, 2019
"Excellent, splendid, marvellous.
Kevin's drawings were the highlight of our evening. The queue for a sketch never dwindled.
Those who got a picture were delighted. Those who only wanted to watch were amazed."
Hollie Baxter• Dec. 14, 2018
Kevin & Jill made a fantastic addition to our works Christmas party. They turned up early and quietly set up whilst we had our meal. Friendly and approachable at all times, Jill put everyone at ease whilst Kevin did the most amazing caricatures. I cannot recommend this couple enough - i have had nothing but compliments form the rest of the staff about them. Thank you so much for a fabulous night, you really added a great touch to our evening.
Aleaz Fleming• Oct. 13, 2018
A very friendly and professional experience. Everyone at the party loved having a picture, sometimes the likeness was uncanny. I would recommend Kevin to anyone, it really made my party.
Services From Rye Smile Caricatures
How long is the act?
I can be hired to draw for 2, 2.5 or 3 hours.
What is included in the wedding package?
I normally draw caricatures after the ceremony during the drinks reception or after the wedding breakfast and before the evening entertainment.
Do you need specific materials or conditions to offer your service?
I need good lighting conditions to draw caricatures with a small area to set up an easel with three chairs .
How much time do you need to prepare for an act?
I aim to arrive at 30 minutes before the agreed start time and normally require at least 15 minutes to set up.