Welcome to my website, North London!...i maĶke make it my self; I'm the caricaturist known as Mr Sketchum ~ the man busy at the party with a clipboard ~

but I'm not there supervising the taxi queue!


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My humdrum everyday name is Alfie Deliss, but go on then, call me Mr Sketchum! For the past seventeen years I've been a full-time caricaturist & "close-up", or "walkabout" entertainer, based in London but for hire all across the UK; I get guests smiling & giggling by sketching amusing, yet also appealing, on-the-spot cartoon portraits at social occasions such as private parties, weddings receptions and corporate events.


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In keeping with proceedings, I navigate and foster a good atmosphere in social milieus. All I need is pens, paper and just the hint of a smile (I can work with fake), leaving me free me to roam and mix'n'mingle during drinks, table-hop over dinners (not literally), and if it's best, allocate spots where guests can come over to rest their feet and have a giggle for a couple of minutes whilst they sit for me.


"Thanks for last night Alfie, Kim was touched to be given such a great memento of her ten years with the team at Hilton. Everyone had fun & thought it was a brilliant idea."

Alexandra Dumoulin, Hilton Group

Partygoers get involved as the subjects "in the spotlight", sardonic commentators, and as spectators amazed by the likenesses rapidly taking shape...then after some repartee and a few penstrokes are rewarded (courtesy of their hosts) with a unique souvenir of the occasion - which they helped create!









Birthday Bashes

Networking Drinks

Corporate Dinners



Expos/Trade Shows

Family Get-togethers

Cocktail Parties

Bar & Bat Mitzvahs

Retirement Soirées

Student Balls

Community Events

House Parties

Lunches & Launches


Clear pricing (*click here*)

Book direct, skip agency fees

Last-minute? No problem!

Have Thermos will travel

Caricatures **

Small faces half price

From sublime to ridiculous

Up to twenty sketches an hour

Stylish pre-printed graphics

Group sketches a speciality

Not the same face over & over

"Walkabout" and/or "Static"

Flexible & reliable service

Top-notch artwork

More you than you!!


"That's the best...cara...caractcha I've ever had...out of all the caractchas I've had!"
Jamie Redknapp, Wentworth Golf Club

Having the opportunity to generate a good atmosphere by gingerly introducing creativity and doing something I'm good at is really rewarding. Individuals possess distinct personalities to go with sets of unique features, so I try to provide a new slant on each subject, and capture their essential qualities.

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Guests swap verdicts on how good or bad my sketches are (I don't mind! *he says*), either congratulating each other (and themselves, secretly) if they've come out well, or the opposite - delightedly ribbing one another over who looks a bit peculiar - which actually, in a funny old way, really brings people together.

"Not bad! You should think about doing it for a living!!"

Johnny Ball, genial mathematical showman & television Legend, Grosvenor House

From the nerve centre of my London HQ, I've been zigzagging up'n'down Old Blighty professionally since 1999. Equipped with an expired Railcard and a leaky Thermos™, I'm no stranger to county-to-county trekking.

As Network Rail might mutter, "It's a tough job...but somebody's got to do it!"


Fridays, weekends & peak dates get booked up fast!


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"Everyone loved your "works of art". We were really impressed with the jaw-dropping likenesses, long after you'd gone they were making the rounds to howls of laughter. Hilarious!"

Geoff & Lucy, Brighton

 Most of my caricatures are of "singletons", but naturally sometimes couples & groups wish to be immortalised together. As long as I can be sure not to get tied up with one set of guests I'm glad to oblige.

If you like I can preprint graphics and/or a message of your choice onto each sheet of paper I use ~ to mark the occasion, distinguish a brand, convey the ethos of a campaign, or simply to add a stylish personal touch.

I draw on (A4, 200gsm) smooth white card, and present each caricature inside a (free!) clear splash-proof top'n'side-opening folder (a good quality (deluxe)) plastic sleeve).

"Give her a body like Baywatch ~ and a face like Crimewatch!!"

Anonymous (heartily bellowed at me from the other end of the room by a fellow at a Warburtons Bakery event)

I'm there to please not to punish - in fact with some people, the real thing is always funnier no matter what I draw! In all sreiousness though, the truth is by nature I favour ladies, where I tend to capture appealing, genuine likenesses that are fun, but often quite kind. It's the chaps who unwittingly supply me with comedy raw material, simply by being "naturally amusing"!


"What you think you see through your glasses isn't reality dude."

Written (anonymously) in my sketchbook while I was away

Making use of pinpoint accuracy to establish the resemblance, and then only as much broad-brush exaggeration as is needed for emphasis or effect, my sketches skip between realism & farce.

Picking up on and highlighting the unique personality, attitudes and subtle, fleeting facial expressions that are emblematic of a person, I capture likenesses so very convincing they look more like the subjects than the subjects do!

~ The three types of event that I sketch at the most: ~


Providing your wedding reception with original wedding favours/keepsakes/goodies and a good sprinkling of ice-breaking smiles and laughs, I adapt to your schedule ~ I can mingle during post-ceremony/pre-meal drinks, work my way around the wedding breakfast tables, and also entertain the party later when the "knees-ups" kick off, and my sketches are often at their most in-demand.

"Even superb photographs don’t capture the sides to you that Mr Sketchum's wedding caricatures do!"

For a little bit more on wedding caricatures, click here




My "live" caricatures suit any occasion...although maybe not funerals...thinking about it, I've not worked at a séance either before (or yet!)...but it's on my list of things to do after I've kicked the bucket.

Big parties mean I can spread myself about and methodically get a general buzz going. Smaller gatherings are a treat, as they're good-natured affairs where I'm amongst family, close friends and colleagues who already get on famously.

More on party caricatures ~  



"Corporate people" (!..I suppose you might simply say business people) have a wicked sense of humour, and know how to have fun - in fact they can be systematically efficient at it! As well as providing laughs, talking points, and unique freebies (branded - if that's useful), I function as a pretty neat marketing tool by helping clients create events that simultaneously entertain, generate awareness of their services, and reflect well on their organisations.

For more on corporate caricatures ~ CORPORATE


"Just for a minute, would you mind not flaring your nostrils at me?"
Mr Sketchum, nose to the grindstone


"How sweet! I put my face in your hands!" ~ Andrew Logan

I took my first booking to sketch at a dissolute "Bachelor and Spinster Ball" whilst still studying at Chelsea College of Art. Despite the disorientating mêlée of embattled waiters negotiating carousing Débs and their potted Delights, sketching was good fun and soon, *ahem*, my personality shone through.

Now, armed with seventeen years' full-time experience, wickedly funny sketches, an incredibly pleasant, modest personality and grim determination, I've ascended towards becoming a Grandmaster at the dizzying heights of the Art of...getting out of the way of waiters.

"Find a job you love and you'll never have to wok again."

Confucious (551-479 BC)



I'm one of the busiest caricature artists in the UK!



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