This gentleman is an artist ! He is fast, funny and a joy to work around. He takes people’s faces and makes them into cartoon characters. His many years at Disneyland have given him an amazing repertoire. Used at parties, receptions, conventions, special events. Good with kids and adults alike. Very professional and presentable. Always smiling and professionally attired. This guy is great !

— Adagio Photography

Hey Tom… Thanks again for everything, you were perfect ๐Ÿ™‚

Everyone loved you! We will have you back soon. I am still impressed with how you put everyone in yoga poses! You were well organized, very independent, low maintenance and an absolute joy to work with! Thanks again and by the way I loved your Om shirt ๐Ÿ™‚ I hope to see you at a yoga class or 2. Don’t forget Saturday’s from 9-10 am right there at the store ๐Ÿ™‚

Keep in touch.

— Monika Griffin, Lululemon Athletica – Irvine Spectrum Mall

When special events come around, everyone wants to have a place to go for a gift that is beautiful, personal and unique. I was very fortunate to find the perfect gift in the artistic caricatures by Tom Kelly. On his website, I was immediately attracted to the images which caught my eye with their playfulness and warmth. I sent him a photo file, and explained a little about the personality of the person I wanted him to sketch. He offered some ideas for a background and then made a perfect likeness from my photo, capturing the essence of the person and creating a piece of art which continues to produce smiles to this day (see Gallery/Special Projects Numbers 1 and 3)! Tom’s artistic skill and ability to communicate and understand his clients’ needs are seamless. The next time you need to have a truly special gift that will continue to warm the recipient’s heart long after the wapping has been opened, I wholeheartedly recommend that you explore the artisitic medium of caricatures with Tom Kelly.

— Nalinie E. Tokutsu, Educator, Parent & Extremely Satisfied Client

Hi Tom,

I have been meaning to write to you. You were a big success at our party. I really appreciate the fine job that you did. Everyone loved you. Thank you so much. It is funny, but my brother and I were talking about my party, and I told him about you. He lives in Ohio, and well, he got married out here back in ’98. Anyway, I said that your work reminded me of the artist who drew at their reception. I told him your name, and he looked at his caricature that he has framed, and said that you were that artist. Needless to say, I had to look up my old one. I did scan it. So here it is. (See Number 14 under “Black and White Drawings”) Thanks for the great effort. Thanks for the beautiful artwork. And thanks for making my party a wonderful experience for all. Take care, and hopefully one day, we can have you at another outing.
Best Regards,

— Steve Hardy

Hi Tom, The drawing is so darling, amazing โ€“ I love it!!!! You did such a great job of capturing their essence! You have great talent, no flaws! The dress is uncannily similar to her wedding dress! And he has a full head of hair โ€“ he’ll love it! Very debonair and stylish!

— Anne Armbrust (Client in Rocklin CA)

Hey Tom, It was a very rare joy to meet you last night. I’ve been an anonymous admirer of your work for years now. The caricatures you’ve done of my grandkids; Valentine, Viviana, and Vincent Sanford are precious.Single-handedly you’ve created family treasures, heirlooms even, that we will prize for ages. It is indeed a pleasure to make your acquaintance at long last. I hope you can excuse my rock star groupie exuberance, but in my experience, artists you admire from afar seldom turn out to be people you’d want to hang out with. Stay well and be strong,

— John Echavarria – CA

I got the picture today…it looks GREAT!!! Thank you so much. It was great working with you on this and I appreciate your time and patience. I will definitely reccommend you to my friends.

— Treanna M. – Newport Beach, CA

Tom, Thanks very much to you and your lovely wife for being there Your caricature done this afternoon at Olvera St was just fantastic, and even more impressive when enlarged to full poster size. It turned out great. Thanks to you, mission accomplished for our Granddaughter’s Sweet 16.

— J & F Lumsden

You are doing a fantastic job…really great artwork and this will make a very funny and thoughtful gift that he will remember for the rest of his life.
Thank you.

— Greg

Wow! Not only are you a great artist, but your booth is the classiest thing I have seen on Olvera St. in a long time. Your choice of merchandise is superb, reasonably priced and a beautiful visual display. We are all looking forward to our next event and your caricatures. Everybody loves them and they enjoy watching you draw along with your sense of humor. You make everyone happy! our guests cannot believe how fast you draw and that they are so accurate. Thanks, Tom, you are the best!

— Pam – Riverside

Hi Tom. I just wanted you to tell you how much of a hit you were at my party! Everyone was raving about your work, and how much fun it was to have their portraits drawn. Thank you so much for being so professionnal, couteous and the highlight to my birthday celebration, Your artistic talent is amazing but your warm demeanor towards me and my guests is unparalleled. I will be sure to recommend you to all my friends. I only wish I would have found you sooner so that I could have had you at other events we’ve had!

CM – Redondo Beach CA

— Christina M

On behalf of Portola Hills Elementary Schoolโ€™s 6th grade graduation party committee, Iโ€™d like to thank you for coming to our graduation party and for doing such a wonderful job! The kids had a wonderful time having their portraits drawn. You are amazing and so good with the kids! We truly appreciate it! You really made the party so much more fun and special. We will keep in touch โ€“ as Iโ€™m sure the next yearโ€™s committee will be calling you!
Good luck in the future!
Monique Carroll

— M. Carroll – Trabuco Canyon CA

Hi Tom-

Thanks Again for coming to our annual Ghoulyfest! You continuously are one of the most popular attractions. I think the guests that come year after year look forward to their yearly pictures!

I want to make sure you ink us in for next year…October 28, 2012! We will look forward to having you!

Thanks Again!


— DM – ELV Yorba Linda

Hi Tom,
Adrian and I would like to thank you again for helping to make our wedding a success!
Everyone loved your caricatures…including us! You really were great, and we will recommend you to anyone having an event.Thank you again for everything!

Wow, Tom, I have to tell you that your intuitive skills and ability to read people really sets you apart from other artists…honestly, you put things in your caricatures that you would have no way of knowing…really quite impressive. Wishing you only the best!


— Stephanie and Adrian

Hi Tom,

Just wanted to send ya a MEGA THANK YOU !!!!!! you were the Star of the party! Everyone went home super happy with your art work and impressed with your wonderful personality.
Thanks for making Damian’s Bday party such a success !
God bless ya! And if you ever need any references, please send us an email or call. Thanks sooooo much for staying so much longer, we were thankful beyond words.
Thanks again !!!
The Noria Family ๐Ÿ™‚

— Noria