In the caricature community there is a debate on the use of technology for producing our artwork. In researching some of my art peers I found this quote, "Digital caricatures take about 6 minutes per person. While this is less per hour than traditional caricatures, it’s a lot of fun to watch the drawing unfold and it’s a great “show” in itself." I believe this showcases the relative oddness in the belief that digital is faster or better.
I quote an average of 5-15 black and white caricatures per hour. At a recent event, I put out 5 color caricatures per hour ,including the printing and transition time. I can knock out the black and white line art in less that 3 minutes. Color requires adding layers to "underpaint" the line work. I even took some couples request to combine their images. That requires a little Photoshop knowledge and the extra time to merge. My final out put is printing onto 4X6 photo cards, and saving the images as jpegs to send out to the client for whatever social media format. I'm very happy with the results. as were the couples.
Five caricatures in an hour may not seem like much, considering the hourly cost. But my caricature peer continues with this great statement, "If you are looking for a big “wow” factor and want to give your guests something most of them haven’t seen before, digital caricatures would be perfect for you. Digital caricatures always get a great reaction and it will be a novelty your guests will talk about for a long time." For those who just watched the process, while enjoying the festivities of the event, I believe you get great value as entertainment. Laughs don't come cheap!