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Reference concerning Caricaturing at a Special Event

    John Essex has done two caricature programs for teens at our library.  The first, “Cartoons & Caricatures”, in June 2005 and the second, “Get a Clue About Caricatures”, in June 2007.  Both programs were a part of our summer reading club line-up.
    The teens attending the programs had a great time and learned a lot from John about facial proportions, using space wisely in a cartoon, and other skills.  John was very personable and able to keep the teens’ interest and attention.  They especially enjoyed getting their own caricatures drawn by John at the end of the program.  
    I would highly recommend John Essex to other libraries or groups for special events.  He is very enthusiastic and easily connects with his audience.  His teaching background really showed as he worked with the teens and guided them with their own drawings.  His caricatures are fun and lively and a great addition to any event.

Christy Beaver
Teen Services Librarian
Hancock County Public Library
Greenfield, IN


Reference concerning Caricaturing at a Special Event

February 9, 2009 

I am writing in support of Mr. John Essex. John has served as a caricature artist at many events at Franklin College including repeat appearances at our start of the year celebration and Family Weekend.

I have worked in Student Activities for several years and it is wonderful to have a local artist who is committed to helping your event succeed. John has been incredibly reliable and easy to work with over the years and puts forth a lot of effort to come to events prepared with specialized graphics according to our theme and prepared to work feverishly throughout the event.

Beyond being a wonderful artist, John is personable with staff, students and various other constituents he encounters. He has developed a rapport with our students and they look forward to seeing him at our annual events. We look forward to a long working relationship with John on our campus.

Kristy Moede
Student Activities Assistant and Coordinator of Greek Life
Franklin College
Franklin, Indiana


Reference concerning Bagpiping

Thank you so much for being a special part of our wedding, it was wonderful!  You did a fantastic job, really i have no complaints!  If you ever need a reference please don't hesitate to ask!

Thank you again for making our day special!

Michelle :)


Reference concerning Bagpiping

During a recent memorial at our funeral chapel Mr. Essex played the bagpipes for a family we were servicing. He did so with all of the decorum, solemnity and professionalism one would expect at such an occasion. Consequently Mr. Essex was a compliment to the special nature of the gathering.

Chris Branson, Owner, Director
Carlisle and Son Funeral Chapel
Mooresville, Indiana


Reference concerning Caricaturing at a Special Event

   John Essex served the Indianapolis Visionwalk as a caricature artist in 2007 and 2009. The walkers were given the opportunity to meet with John and have him do a caricature of them. This helped us provide a family friendly environment. The walkers, of all ages, very much enjoyed him being at the walk to provide such a wonderful service. John's caricature art is fun and enjoyable to have. We look forward to him participating in next year's walk and more to follow.

Erin Eoff

Reference concerning Caricaturing at a Special Event

  John Essex has been a valuable asset to our special events for years.  He has been drawing caricatures for everything from our Sa-Terror-Day Halloween event to our 4th of July Celebration.  John comes out numerous times a year and is a hit with the patrons each and every time.  I have noticed that John has a line at every event with guests both young and old partaking. 

  I would highly recommend John for any event you may have.  He arrives on time and prepared for the day’s theme.  John is a pleasure to work with and talk to.  We will continue to bring John back for special events because we don’t believe in stopping a good thing!

Eric Douglas

Special Events Coordinator

Plainfield Recreation and Aquatic Center

Plainfield, IN

Comment from someone who was at a special event

Nathan still has the one you did for him two years ago. He loves it!

Debra article on EssexArt ABC, LLC

Comment from the newly weds of April, 10

"Thank you so much again for everything you added to our wedding day.  You and your beautiful music helped make our day more than we ever imagined it could be."

Shannon and Deron

After Convention Comment

Hi John, we were so glad to have you at our event!  It was very well received. We would like to schedule you again for next year's event
Executive Director
Indiana Veterinary Medical Association

Reference Concerning a Commissioned Caricature

The caricature of my brother was a big hit!  Nice creation.


Church Youth Fundraiser

John was very willing to help us out with a fundraiser at our church, donating his time to do caricatures of church members. He was flexible and easy to work with as we figured out time and space and logistics. The caricatures were adorable! After the program ended, John continued to offer do caricatures and a long line of interested people quickly formed. One of my favorite things about John is not only his artistic ability, but his way of interacting with the people he is drawing.

Sherri Moulden

Associate Pastor, First Baptist Church of Plainfield

High School Post Prom

  A few weeks ago John did caricatures for our high school post prom. What a great experience for the kids. John was so good with the kids and everyone has a caricature to treasure. I highly recommend EssexArt ABC, LLC - John was a dream to work with. If you are looking for a unique activity for your next event you can't go wrong with John Essex! Thanks John.

Lisa Fettinger Keffaber


Surprise Birthday Party Caricaturing

  John made the caricatures very personal to the Surprise Party I was hosting for my husband's 40th birthday party.  I have been to parties that offer caricatures before, but nothing compares to what I received when I hired John to do my party.  The papers that the caricatures were drawn on were very personal to the birthday party for my husband.  It was a great souvenir that I will keep because it has a picture of his hot rod on the bottom of the paper with some of his favorite hobbies as well as a picture of my husband stating he was turning the BIG 40. 

   I think this was a wonderful present to guests as well because when they look back at their caricature drawn of them they will remember that this was from my husband's surprise birthday party.  I would definitely hire John again.  Thank you so much for making the night wonderful.  You did an awesome job.


 FFA National Convention

Thanks again for your help during convention. You were certainly fun to work with and I know the students enjoyed having a caricature to take with them!

Having John at our booth during national convention added a new and fun way to “draw” in students. I would highly recommend this for anyone looking to add entertainment with a great take away.

Jill Tyson
Coordinator of Prospective Student Services

The Ohio State University
College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences
Columbus, OH 43210


Hendricks County Icon article, October 2010

Comments After a Surprise Caricature for Someone Going to a Different Job and City

Hi John,

 I wanted to thank you again for the wonderful caricature of Tricia. You certainly captured her beautiful spirit and brought smiles through the tears!!!  She was so surprised and delighted.  It meant a lot to Tricia to have something so personal to remember her time at BOI.  

On behalf of our entire staff we thank you for your kindness, your talent and your gift.

Kathryn Rietmann
Business Ownership Initiative of Indiana

 Central Indiana Women's Business Center

4755 Kingsway Drive Suite 314

Indianapolis, IN 46205

Surprise Party Comment

This surprise party would have been just another surprise party if it were not for your appearance.  My best friend's look of shock was priceless!  And my dog enjoyed it too!  I would recommend you to anyone looking for a bagpiper and that is how I found out about you, by recommendation!  Thank you so much for walking in and helping to provide a surprise!

Amy H.

Caricaturing for a University Sorority's Moms' Weekend Special Event

Hi John!

I just wanted to say thank you so much once again for coming this weekend! The girls and moms loved the caricatures and the designs you made for the paper, it was a great success and you did a fantastic job! I really appreciate you working with us!


Pi Beta Phi
Vice President of Event Planning