JT Art & Design
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Caricature & Portrait Artist in Hartford CT


JT Art & Design art and design studio serves individuals and businesses alike throughout Hartford CT, specializing in caricature entertainment at formal or casual, large or small events and parties, at competitive prices, as well as creating custom gift-quality caricatures from photos (people and pets) in flattering cartoony drawings — her unique style.

These can be mailed to Hartford, or she will often meet clients halfway for delivery. Judy also draws portraits (people and pets) of which there have been several commissions in the past year alone.

She also has decades of print creative design expertise and has created professional communications pieces for ad agencies, creative companies, marketing firms and more in a variety of their client  markets. She can handle small projects from concept to completion on a small business budget. Much of this can be handled via email.

See more about some of the many services she offers in Hartford CT:

Caricature Services in Hartford CT

Judy has become busy and successful in drawing distinct, flattering, live caricature entertainment for hire at corporate events, Bar Mitzvahs, birthdays, graduations, grand openings, fundraisers, weddings and just about any event or celebration you can imagine, large or small! She has drawn events at The Hartford Club, the Connecticut Convention Center, The Connecticut Science Center, Bloomfield Community Center, Manchester Regional Academy, Hartford area universities and many private parties and events in greater Hartford. She also hires additional complementary caricaturists when more than one is needed and will subcontract trusted colleagues as needed if unavailable.

Live Drawings at Children’s or Adults Parties & Events

Judy draws both children and adults alike at mixed parties, or can draw exclusively at adult OR children’s gatherings. She truly captures her subjects in a flattering and what she likes to call “non-theme park” style. You will not be insulted and will actually recognize yourself! Many times, adults still get a chuckle at seeing a drawing of themselves. Many have said Judy draws them better than they look, vs. some caricaturists who portray their subjects in an unflattering light. Regarding children, Judy will portray them in a cute and youthful fashion, so that even some toddlers will see themselves! She also offers pre-drawn bodies (no heads) for themed budget conscious events with lots of kids, and just heads drawn that day. And if BW hobby poses are chosen, Judy suggests scanning original art, printing and creating a coloring page at home, for an activity for the child.

Caricatures and Hand Drawn Portraits for Gifts

Judy loves to draw themed full or half body gift-quality caricatures by commission, which generally include heading, title or even talk bubble, several props and a background. Or they can be as simple as a headshot, all rendered in a tighter-than-live fashion, with great detail. These truly are great custom gifts, for a super occasion, or the person, couple or family who has everything!

In addition to custom gift-quality caricatures, Judy has always loved to draw people, and while a full-time graphic designer, created some occasional pastel and charcoal portraits for friends, relatives or colleagues. She offers very reasonably priced portraits of people or pets generally up to two per picture. These are generally order via email.

These can be mailed to greater Hartford, or she will often meet clients halfway for delivery.

Portrait Artist in Hartford CT

The nice thing about hand-drawn portraits of people or pets, especially of pets, is the sentimental value they have, be it displayed during life, or posthumously. They become treasured mementos of loved ones, memorialized in a tangible way that often is not even seen with photos now that digital technology has taken over and our phones or cloud accounts become our photo “albums”. That said, consider a hand drawn portrait created from one or more reference photos! These are available in three standard matted sizes, and can be mailed to Hartford. Judy also often meets clients halfway for delivery.

Hand-Drawn People Portraits

How many of us get professional photos or even print our own photos for framing and display? A rarity these days. So why not consider a custom hand-created pastel, pencil or charcoal portrait of your family (up to four larger sizes) foryou and your significant other, or children. It would be a great gift for loved ones. These are available in three standard matted sizes, and created from one or more reference photos and finished art can be mailed to Hartford area. Judy also often meets clients halfway for delivery.

Hand-Drawn Animals/Pet Portraits — Dog & Cat Drawings

Judy loves animals and has thoroughly enjoyed drawing custom pastel portraits of one or more pets, dogs and cats especially. Drawn from supplied photos, headshot or full body, what a beautiful way to display (and or memorialize) your treasured fur baby than a custom rendition, celebrating his/her life while a family member, or in memoriam after passing.

Contact Judy today!

For more information, or for a commission quote or quote to book fun “artertainment” at party or event, call 293-577-7233 or email Judy at judy@jt-artanddesign.com.