Painting the Night at a corporate event in Las Vegas. Here you see me portraying Elvis 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
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 am a live event painter based in San Francisco. My live event painting is dynamic and engaging live interactive art-tech entertainment that adds that unique cutting-edge “Wow!!” factor to your special event. 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) 626-3971, and describe your event, with location, date and timing. I describe two options on this page: Live Portrait Painting and Live Scene Painting.
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, 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.
LIVE PORTRAIT PAINTING
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.
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
Creating a live iPad portrait at the “Hands On!” conference in the Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam.
LIVE SCENE PAINTING
Live iPad painting replay video of the art created at “America Now! Innovation in Art”
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.
“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
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.