My live event painting is dynamic and engaging live interactive fine art / high tech entertainment that adds that unique cutting-edge “Wow!!” factor to your special event. I am available to perform worldwide and offer two distinct digital painting options: Live iPad Portrait Painting or Painting the Scene / Virtual Mural. I am always exploring the latest technology for live painting. Currently my main technology is the iPad Pro, though I also use the Touchjet POND for projected light painting and the Oculus Rift for Virtual Reality 3D painting. Let me know what you’re looking for!
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Please email me for my 2017 Live Event Painting price guide, or to get a quote.
If you wish to embed a video in an event proposal, for instance, you can find some of the videos featured on this page also published on my Vimeo channel.
Live iPad Portrait Painting
It was a pleasure to work with you, and I can’t thank you enough for your contribution to the Opening Night Party. Your Live Digital Painting was a HUGE hit!
~Greg Jenkins, Bravo Productions, Long Beach, California – organizer of The Special Event Show (TSE 2017).
Painting guests at a company Holiday Party in the Rodin Gallery of the Legion of Honor Museum, San Francisco. Click here to see more examples from that event.
When I draw portraits each one is a magical creative journey in which I respond uniquely to the individual or couple sitting in front of me. I create one-of-a-kind fine art portraits that do not follow a formula or recipe, and that are each different to any other portrait I make. My live digital portrait painting performance is true performance art. There are no undos! Your guests watch real artistic process in action! The entertainment I offer is a unique fine art + tech performance. I create fine art digital portraits from life, i.e. created from direct observation, without any use of photography. Each portrait subject receives a JPEG file of their portrait image, plus a video file of the entire start-to-finish creative process, brush stroke by brush stroke, immediately on conclusion of the portrait (sent to their mobile devices wirelessly via AirDrop or email). Though I retain copyright ownership of all my original art, I give portrait subjects permission to post their portraits on their social media and share them with their family, friends and colleagues. I can offer prints, if required by a client, though that adds time to each portrait sitting. I like to allow twenty minutes per portrait subject, which includes the sitting and the transfer of the digital files. I use a schedule rather than have people line up. Some events hold a raffle for portrait subjects or ask me to draw VIPs and honorees. Think of this as a very special form of live performance art, rather than rapid production of portraits.
I can be positioned in one spot or move around and sketch people as a roving artist (see the Cabaret Night example of this).
Live iPad portrait painting at the ILEA Gala 2016, Armory, San Francisco
“Thank you again for your support of the ILEA Gala! The character drawings were huge hits and added significantly to the success of the event!” ~ Sean F.
Live iPad portrait being created at a corporate event, Baltimore, Maryland, September 2016
Live iPad portrait sketching at PYM LIVE, Hayes Mansion, San Jose, CA (photo: K. Sanders)
“I absolutely LOVE the portrait you drew of me! It was truly a special experience. You are an incredibly talented artist and a lovely soul.” ~ Karen H.
I have been a live event artist using digital paint media for over twenty five years. My clients have included companies, museums and private individuals. I’ve performed at a wide range of events, including conventions, conferences, trade shows, award galas, incentive and corporate meetings, openings, company get-a-ways and holiday parties, VIP suites, inaugurals, weddings, open houses, and other celebrations. I created live digital paintings for the Cirque du Soleil TOTEM show in San Francisco; at the opening of the David Hockney: A Bigger Exhibition at the de Young Museum, San Francisco; in the Nuit Blanche Festival, Toronto; live event iPad portraits at the largest custom car show in the world, SEMA, Las Vegas; and was the featured iPad artist performing live at the Smithsonian American Art Museum’s America Now!Innovation in Art event in Washington DC.
Creating a live iPad portrait at a Star Wars themed corporate event in San Francisco, with Star Wars characters looking over my shoulder. Below are some other photos and an example of one of the portraits from the event.
“Extremely amazing job for our seminar. Was very entertaining and exquisite work. Very well received by the clients and we would most definitely have him entertain again in the future.“ ~ Rhonda K.
I painted portraits of guests at the California Academy of Sciences NightLife LIVE event in Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, on August 4th, 2016.
Live iPad portrait painting at SEMA 2014, Las Vegas Convention Center
Portrait of Billy Gibbons created on the iPad at SEMA 2014 in Las Vegas using Sketch Club with Pencil by 53.
“Thank you so much! You were a huge hit (at SEMA)! I look forward to working with you again at future events.”
~ Rick Husong, Chief Creative Director, LucidLA
Von Hot Rod on completion of his portrait at the SEMA 2014 Hall of Fame Gala, Las Vegas
I paint live digital portraits of your guests directly on the digital canvas using the latest in state-of-the-art digital paint technology, such as the iPad Pro with Apple Pencil, blended with traditional artistic hand-eye coordination. The portraits can be painted on custom backgrounds that can suit your event theme. Each sketch portrait captures the personality and essence of the guest in an original freehand-painted customized fine art rendering full of color and character. The amount of time that each portrait takes depends on the complexity of the background and the depth and style of the portrait. For instance the Hayes Mansion portrait shown at the top of this page, a quick sketch on a simple background, took about ten minutes, whilst the more developed Star Wars themed portraits, which are painted over a more complex background, each took about twenty minutes. On completion of each portrait the digital files can be transferred to the portrait subject’s portable device wirelessly, printed out on heavy weight paper and mounted in a matte frame, or copied to a thumb drive, depending on what works best for your event. Portrait subjects receive a JPEG file of their completed portrait and a QuickTime movie file of the entire replay, brush stroke by brush stroke – unique momentos of the event to take home with them and to share with their colleagues, families and friends on their social media.
Valentines portrait of Tiffany and Ken, created at a private Valentines party using Sketch Club with Apple Pencil / iPad Pro. Note that each subject is depicted using brush strokes made of their own names!
Live iPad portrait painting of festival attendees in the Heineken Art Castle tent at the Forecastle Festival 2015 in Louisville, Kentucky, July 17 – 19, 2015
Wedding iPad Portrait of Amanda and Kunal
Painting the Scene / Virtual Mural
Live painting the scene at a Havana Night themed opening party at a conference in the Boca Raton Resort & Club, Florida. The first half shows you the actual scene at the party, and the second shows the stroke by stroke replay of the creative process, showing how the painting evolved over four hours, compressed into one minute!
Painting the Night at a corporate event in Las Vegas. Here you see me painting on my iPad Pro at a corporate conference party as an Elvis impersonator is performing on stage, with my painting projected live on three 40′ wide by 20′ high screens above the stage.
“Everything was absolutely amazing, you were such an amazing part of our success.”
~ Alana C.
Live event painting at the Grand Opening of the AT&T One Powell flagship store in San Francisco. This painting was created over the course of an entire afternoon.
Live painting at Caroline and Mark’s wedding reception on the San Francisco Bay
Whitney and Kenny’s First Dance, Westin St. Francisco Hotel, San Francisco
This was created live as they danced their first dance using iPad Pro, Apple Pencil and Procreate.
Live iPad painting replay video of the art created at “America Now! Innovation in Art”
“Jeremy was a terrific addition to a large event we hosted last summer. He did a digital painting for audiences but really took the time to speak with people watching and show them his process. He was very engaged with the crowd and the other artists we had participating in the event. He was flexible with our requests and very easy to work with–accommodating, creative, and dynamic. Jeremy was a wonderful addition to our event!” ~ Katy C., Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington D.C.
I can paint an event scene live and work on my digital canvas continuously throughout the event as guests and attendees see the painting unfold, transform and develop. At the conclusion of the event the client can have a digital file of the final artwork, plus a replay movie of the process, all of which they can share with attendees and use on their web site et cetera. I can also print out in my studio a beautiful fine art pigment print on canvas of the final artwork for the client to hang on the wall.
Monument Valley to Silicon Valley, the world’s first 40′ wide virtual Touchjet POND mural painted live in the de Young Museum in 2.5 hours!
“I cannot thank you enough for your participation with last night’s event. You truly brought the Art to the Innovation! It has been an absolute pleasure to work with you, and I would love to do so again.”
~ Carrie Cottini, Assistant Events Manager, Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco
Live event Touchjet painting (creating “Dragon’s Gate”) at ChinaSF event on the NEMA 24th floor patio overlooking the San Francisco skyline.
With Helen Thomas, CEO of Touchjet Inc., and San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee at ChinaSF event in San Francisco
“Thank you again for creating magic last night with the Pond Projector and painting the Dragon’s Gate. So in love with the painting.”
~ Catherine Woo, Director of Sales & Marketing Operations, Touchjet Inc.
Live iPad painting at the Niello Porsche Grand Reopening Celebration, Rocklin, California, March 26th, 2015
Live painting outdoors on 100′ wide array of video screens at the
Scotiabank Nuit Blanche 2014, Toronto, Canada
“I worked with Jeremy for Toronto’s Scotiabank Nuit Blanche, we flew him to create digital artwork that was displayed on a 100 foot LED wall. He created amazing pieces of art of Toronto and landmarks. He is amazing to work with, so gracious and accommodating. I will definitely call upon Jeremy again if I need a digital artist.”
~ Mary P., MPossible Events
Comment by visitor to Nuit Blanche:
“Between the Earth and the Sky was the theme of the (Nuit Blanche) night and you fulfilled the mandate perfectly! It was a wonderful example of the meeting of the earth, up to date technology, and the heavens, the inspiration for fine art. It was a delight to see the classical art of fine drawing and it’s contemporary digital application. It was also one of the most successful installations of the whole event in my opinion. You lit the night sky with those fabulous, bright screens in an avenue of radiant colours. Congratulations.”
~ Julian M.