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FAQs for Live Painting at
weddings & events


 

You have a lot of questions?
Jacob has a lot of answers.


 

Does Jacob offer any ADD ONS to his live painting packages?​

Yes! Jacob would be happy to do any type / variation via a "custom studio painting" from your photos beforehand.

Here are some examples, which can also be found in Jacob's "Custom Studio Painting" page:

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A special ADD ON... Will you be having a Remembrance Table at your wedding?
 

Jacob also offers to create (up to 5) "Memorabilia Small Portrait Paintings" on 11 inches x 14 inches (vertical orientation) stretched canvas, head and bust portraits in his more realistic style, from your provided photography that he can create in his studio before your wedding or event. These paintings are a great way to remember a loved one that has passed away, being a wonderful reminder as a painting to be displayed at your wedding and to cherish for a lifetime afterward.

 
 
Does Jacob offer any discounts?

Yes and no. Jacob is willing to entertain requests seeking lowered pricing for weekday weddings and events (Monday through Thursday (for non-holidays)) as these are less in demand as well as he is giving up less of a social life for these dates. You are welcome to reach out and ask Jacob.

What kind of events does Jacob paint at?

Jacob currently accepts painting at a variety of weddings, destination weddings in Florida, Jewish weddings, Christian weddings, Indian weddings, wedding anniversaries, corporate events, galas / fundraisers, birthday parties, vow renewals, sweet sixteens / quinceañeras, bar mitzvahs / bat mitzvahs.

Where does Jacob travel to and where is he based out of?

Jacob is based in the Sarasota, Florida area and travels to events just about anywhere so long as you are willing to help compensate Jacob additionally to cover additional travel costs (such as airfare, lodging for a extended amount of time, rental car etc.) he will be happy to come to you just about anywhere!

What is Jacob's deposit structure like, how can I pay and are they refundable?

Deposits and or payments are non-refundable out of respect of Jacob saving your date from other inquires and since he relies on deposits to live. Thank you for your understanding.

 

Jacob requires $1,000 to save your date, which will go towards your total amount due, including any ADD ONs or more extensive packages, travel etc. which will be need to be paid in full no later than 30 days to an event date.

Jacob will have a digital invoice that he'll email a link to access it so you can pay with your preferred credit card, securely and conveniently.

What is the process for hiring Jacob to paint at my wedding or event?
  • If you are ready to book Jacob (after reading this page and its details), you are encouraged to complete a LIVE PAINTING REQUEST form (links are located on Jacob's homepage).
  • Requests that are not properly filled out (incomplete address and or full names provided) will not be responded to. Thank you in advance.
  • Jacob will email you as soon as he can. Jacob avoids "automation" and prefers the personable touch of writing to you personally, so please be patient for his response. Allow for longer response times on weekends (when he is busiest). Thank you for your patience in advance.
  • If Jacob is available on your date, and if you want to move forward with Jacob saving your date, he will create a digital time-sensitive contract and invoice for you to complete. 
  • Once the contract is signed, dated by you & him and the invoice's deposit is successfully paid then he will officially be saving your date from other booking requests.
What kind of materials does Jacob use / paint with?
Jacob paints with archival, water based, professional quality acrylic paints that are non-toxic for his "Fine Art Live Painting Package" on either hand-stretched or store bought (either will be archival quality) stretched canvas (backside stapled). Your painting will be left unframed however it will have white edges (sides) and Jacob will attach hanging wire in case you want to hang it as is right away.
 
(NOTE: if Jacob is required to fly to your event, he will likely have to purchase an archival canvas to avoid traveling with it).
If you hire Jacob to paint his "Party Favors Guest Paintings" he will use archival, high quality paper with water colors (gouache) paints.
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Does Jacob have any restrictions?

Jacob is a pretty easy-going, down to Earth guy that desires to love people by God's mighty grace. But when it comes to legalities, he desires to hold his ground. He believes in the rights of the individual and will not sign any required documents presented to him by a venue, event planner etc. in order to enter a premises to fulfill an obligation to a client that are in nature: "no-hold harms" and or "release of claims" and or "non-compete". 

 

Additionally, Jacob will not sign any documents that are trending in this current age that go against his beliefs and or are contradictive and are discriminatory to him despite an entity appearing to be "accepting". These in nature actually divide people and create discrimination and Jacob wants nothing to do with these.

He believes these types of documents are one-sided in nature and don't protect him but the other entity. No one should be demanded to sign these kinds of forms and quite actually most places don't.

Also, Jacob will not be held responsible for any mandates that would be imposed by local or federal restrictions, not allowing him to attend an event as he holds to his right of being "non-declaring" regarding any vaccinations, to avoid politics etc. and as he values his privacy. Thank you for your understanding.

Artistically speaking, Jacob prefers the caveat to not paint the people of interest (bride and groom, CEO etc.) not too small. With Jacob's current "Fine Art Live Painting", for your painting to be as gorgeously painted as they are the faces need to be at least 4 + inches tall or more (meaning not smaller than this). Since Jacob uses his artistic license when making every painting, he tends to paint more zoomed in on the couple, or people of interest, with their surroundings skewed purposely and expertly around them. This can also be called foreshortening. 

What kind of a guy is Jacob?

Please visit About Jacob page to learn more about him!

Is Jacob licensed and or insured?

Jacob doesn't really know what being "licensed" means for an artist... but he has been a professional artist serving wonderful people for over 20 years and has been a practicing artist his entire life!

 

Jacob Event Painting is a recognized LLC with the state of Florida that is in good standing.

 

If required by a venue, Jacob can provide a COI (certificate of insurance) to a venue that requires it upon entering their premises. Jacob would be glad to do so after a client officially hires Jacob (not before) emailed to the client's contact at the venue directly, with them informing Jacob how to populate a COI specifically to their needs.

Does Jacob require a vendor meal?

Yes and no. If you want to offer him one, he will greatly appreciate it, if not, he won't hold a grudge against you.

Is Jacob friendly / approachable?

YES! Jacob thrives on attention and encourages conversation with guests throughout the event while he paints. Men receive a bad rep for not being good at multi-tasking, although this stereotype has merit, but Jacob is MULTITASKULAR with painting AND talking at the same time.

What kind of setup does Jacob have and where does he setup while at my event?

Jacob hand-built his custom set-up to look posh and to be efficient / practical. With many years of experience he knows how to refine his appearance to look great and appealing. 

He has a custom easel that can accommodate up to a 36 inches x 48 inches stretched-canvas that he carries in as well as rolls in with his custom painter's cart.

Jacob does not need anything for most events as he stands and paints (no chair) and doesn't need a table as his cart holds everything. However, if hired for his "Party Favors Guest Paintings Package" he will need a small table to hold his materials and or chairs for the guests that sit for him.

He does however need access to a wall outlet to plug in his easel's clamp lamp during a reception (not needed for a ceremony).

For placement, Jacob is usually trusted to figure this out upon arrival to set up since it only takes a couple minutes or less to do so. But if insisted upon, he can coordinate with an event planner etc. to figure out placement ahead of time. He tends to prefer being placed up against a wall, so that his painting faces out to everyone to enjoy the progress throughout the event and in an area that people congregate and can hear dialogue. Next to a bar is an ideal placement. 

Arrival time / Jacob's day-of process and live painting philosophy

Arrival time is dependent upon when he can acquire posed figurative reference of the bride + groom, VIP, CEO etc. if hired for his "stylized-realistic" offering. Typically he would like to coordinate with you if you are having a first look or before the start of the event to meet. This is ideal to not get in the other professionals way during crucial moments, and only takes a few seconds to say hi and discuss your ideal pose and take a pic. He uses this photo reference since its unrealistic for the VIP's to stand still for the entirety of the event for him to paint them.

 

For weddings: if no first look is happening, Jacob can meet you after the ceremony during formal / family photos to accomplish this.

You don't have to be in the actual scene for Jacob to acquire this reference as he will use his artistic license to paint you into your desired scene (for example: a first dance) as he uses multiple photos to create and orchestrate the ideal painting.

 

Jacob's live painting philosophy is centered around the people of interest, especially Jacob's "stylized-realistic" offerings whereas he prefers to start the painting's composition with the gorgeous figurative work of the bride + groom etc. first then skew the ambiance to them, not the other way around. Jacob understands there is a live painting style that is predominantly focused on painting the background ahead of time then placing the people of interest on / in it. Jacob's professional opinion is not in favor of this approach as he doesn't view the people of interest as less important than the surroundings.

To in part accomplish this and to attain high-quality figurative work, Jacob requires the people of interest's faces not to be too small (at least 2-3 inches or more in height).

How long does Jacob paint?

Typically, Jacob only needs 3-5 hours for his base package (Completed All on Site, stylized-realistic), which either started at a ceremony and or reception, is finished at your reception whereas there is more time. For his packages that require more time (Started on Site Then Finished Later, stylized-realistic), he can paint longer at the event and then after the event in his studio, for additional compensation, depending on the complexity of the painting, only take 1-3 days (no more than 2 weeks) of additional painting time to accomplish.

Does Jacob hand deliver and or ship paintings?

YES! With Jacob's current "Fine Art Live Painting Package" he will hand deliver your finished painting no later than 14 days after an event date (Jacob has limited storage space) up to a 3 hour drive for him (Jacob is based in the Sarasota, Florida area).

 

Otherwise if you reside further than a 3 hour drive for Jacob, he will have your painting professionally shipped, packed and insured by UPS. He will email you a tracking number so you can keep an eye out for it since a signature is required upon delivery.

What kind of attire does Jacob wear?

Jacob wears custom suits and has a world-class / rock band style to him. 

Is Jacob clean, neat / orderly?

Ummm yes! Jacob wears his custom clothing because he never gets paint anywhere other than your canvas since he is so articulated with his efforts.​​

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