Live Event Painting of Lisa and Frank being created by Live Event Artist Jeremy Sutton using an iPad in the de Young Museum, San Francisco, at the opening of the “David Hockney: Bigger Exhibition”.
Portrait of Sarah being created live during an iPad painting performance in the de Young Museum, San Francisco, at the opening of the “David Hockney: Bigger Exhibition”.
Add That “Wow!!” Factor
My live event digital painting uniquely blends fine art, cutting-edge technology and engaging interactive entertainment – very “Silicon Valley”! I create live freehand sketch portraits of your guests directly on the digital canvas using special state-of-the-art pressure-sensitive stylus and digital paint technology blended with traditional artistic hand-eye coordination – no photography is used. Each sketch portrait typically takes about ten minutes and captures the personality and essence of the guest in an original hand-painted customized fine art rendering. I can also paint the scene at an event, such as a wedding, and work on the painting throughout the event as guests see the painting unfold and develop. If desired by the client I can incorporate photo-based imagery, such a slocal scenes, into my artwork. My live digital painting performance provides unique one-of-a-kind entertainment for your special event, convention, conference, exhibition, trade show booth, awards gala, incentives meeting, company get-a-way, VIP room, inaugural, celebration, open house or corporate meeting where you want something that is unusual, entertaining, dynamic, engaging, artistic and that has that “Wow!!” factor!
The result in all cases is a unique live art performance that captivates, enthralls, inspires and entertains, all at the same time. If you are interested in hiring me to create live digital paintings at your special event please call (415) 641-1221 or email email@example.com.
Here are some pictures from past live action painting performances:
Lyana sitting for her portrait at an event organized by the Monaco Government Tourist Office. Notice that her name is in the structure of the brush strokes used to portray her. The next two portraits (below) were created at the same event. All portrait subjects received both a JPEG image of their portrait plus a video replay of the painting process of their portraits so they could watch it unfold brush stroke by brush stroke!
Tia and her portrait.
Pamela and her portrait.
Real Time Display
My digital paintings can be displayed in real time as large and dramatically as you wish! I painted on a 50 foot high projection screen at the George Coates Theater in San Francisco in 1995. There is no limit: the painting process could be projected onto the side of a building!! I can link my technology via HDMI or Wifi (using Apple TV) to any on-site AV display. I can also bring along a 24″ display screen like the one shown in the examples immediately above, or a 6′ x 4′ screen, shown at the top of this page. As I create my live digital painting, the unfolding artwork is as engaging for those watching as it is for the portrait subjects themselves!
“Thank you so much for joining us. You were terrific and helped to make it a very special experience for our honorees and our guests.”
~ James Bouquin, CEO | Executive Director, Cancer Support Community
The portraits can be painted on custom backgrounds that can include text, photos, logos, products, event themes, etc. An examples of such a custom background is shown below. My event set “tableau” – a 21st century digital art studio in your event space – can include art examples on easels.
This portrait shows an example of a custom background created for an Urban Daddy event sponsored by Herradura Tequila and held in the Terra Lounge, San Francisco.
Video of the Urban Daddy event, showing my use of “air painting” technology.
Immediate Sharing of Artwork
On the completion of each portrait, subjects can be immediately emailed a digital image file (JPEG) of their portrait (and sometimes a video replay MP3 file, depending which app I use) that they are welcome to use, post and tweet on their social media.
Multiple Platforms & Devices
I can paint using a myriad of different tools and technologies, depending on the needs of the client and their event. My digital paint toolbox includes devices using iOS, Android, Windows and Macintosh operating systems, plus a unique custom-made proprietary system for air painting.
My performance fee for the San Francisco Bay Area is $2,500 per event up to four hours (pricing subject to change depending on the exact requirements of the event – please call for a quote). I am available to perform worldwide. If you’re interested in hiring me for your event please email me (firstname.lastname@example.org), or call me at (415) 641-1221, and describe your event, with location, date and timing.
Testimonials & Examples
“Jeremy Sutton is a true fine-artist and also an incredible addition to the vibrancy of special events. We had him at our launch event last week and he was a hit! People flocked to him and were charmed by him, as well as amazed at his ability to digitally paint a portrait in a short time. The addition of the stylized background makes it a very valuable addition to our clients. They’re already calling us to book him… the next BIG thing in event entertainment.”
~ Natasha Miller, President, Entire Productions
Here are some more examples of my iPad Sketch Portraits:
iPad Sketch Portrait of Paul (above), created at Moses Znaimer’s ideacity 2013 Conference, Toronto, Canada.
iPad Sketch Portraits of Alison (above) and Lawrence (below), painted at the FOTOfusion 2014 conference in West Palm Beach, Florida.
"Thank you so much for my portrait, that was certainly the highlight of my evening!"
~ Ikey Schreiber, Le Colonial, San Francisco, CA
"Thank you for the painting. I took it home to my wife. She thought it was terrific. I’m impressed with both the computer painting technology and your talent and enthusiasm."
~ Ed Zschau, IBM Vice President, General Manager, Storage Systems Division
“I was delighted with the image Jeremy painted of me. He made me laugh during the process and then surprised me with the image in the end. His work is truly unique and personal and detailed.”
~ Misti Layne, Misti Layne Photography, San Francisco, CA
This portrait of Jeff was created at an Oracle client appreciation event during Oracle World 2013 in the City View at METREON, San Francisco (event organized by Paula LeDuc Fine Catering).
Portrait of Shumin at the Oracle World 2013 event.
Portrait of Maddy at Oracle World 2013 event.
This video shows a three minute live painting performance using house paint on hardboard. The subject of the portrait is swing dance teacher and performer Dawn Hampton. It was created live in a cabaret at the Herrang Dance Camp, Sweden. The music is Opus No. 1, performed by Glen Gray and the Casa Loma Orchestra. The video conveys the dynamism, enthusiasm and energy I bring to my performances.
Video showing live digital painting in the Cirque du Soleil TOTEM Tapis Rouge VIP tent and at other events.
“We want you to know how much we not only enjoyed our experience (being painted by you) at Cirque du Soleil in San Francisco, but what a pleasure it was to meet you and become acquainted with your work.You made the experience not only fun, but you put us at ease and we are very happy with our digital portrait. You are a true professional and we would highly recommend you.”
~ Janet & John R., Aromas, CA
I am a London-born artist, now based in San Francisco. I’ve been drawing for over four decades and painting with digital media for over twenty years. I’m the author of six books on digital painting, and have spoken at major conferences internationally and performed live digital painting for hundreds of clients over the last two decades, including Apple, Google, Oracle, IBM, Microsoft, United Nations, CISCO, Cirque du Soleil, Sony, Virgin Atlantic Airlines, Corel, Creative Artists Agency, DreamWorks, IDG, the de Young and Legion of Honor Museums (San Francisco), The Tech Museum of Innovation (San Jose), Bill Graham Presents, Warner Bros., Wacom, Lucas Films, Xerox, Jack Morton Worldwide and TED Conferences. I teach iPad painting workshops, have performed iPad painting at the flagship London and San Francisco Apple Stores and was the featured iPad performance painter at the opening of the epic “David Hockney: Bigger Exhibition” at the de Young Museum. I have an MA (Oxon) degree in Physics from Oxford University where I also studied at the Ruskin School of Drawing and Fine Art, continuing my art studies at the Vrije Academie in the Hague, the Netherlands. My paintings are in private and public collections across the world.
Live Event Painting Since the 1980s
I’ve been performing live portrait drawing at special events since the early 1980s when I was a student at Oxford University. In the early 1990s I pioneered the use of digital paint media in creating live portraits as performance art at special events. Here are a few examples, below, from that early era when digital paint was in it’s infancy: