Al Lopez has been drawing for as long
as he can remember. As a young boy Al enjoyed drawing cartoons of
animals. In junior high he started making funny faces of his teachers.
While attending the California college of Arts and Crafts (BFA Drawing
1985), he would sketch comedians while they performed live at comedy
A professional caricature artist since 1985, Al's first "gig" caricatures
were drawn in pen and ink. After 1991, he started using markers.
It was at this time Al became "Big Al".
Al has been a member of The International Society of Caricature
Artists (ISCA) since 1994. In 1996, Big Al won the "Silver Nosey"
award at the National Caricaturist Network's annual convention in
Houston, Texas. At the 2000 convention, Big Al's caricature of "Atomic
Jenny" was voted one of the Top Ten caricatures of the year.
Al strives to capture not just a likeness, but a personality as
well. He draws live at over 100 events per year, in locations as
diverse as the World AG Expo (Tulare, CA), Cartoon Art Museum (SF,
CA), Sheraton Waikiki (Hawaii), Harrah's (Reno, Nevada), cruises
on SFBay and the house next door.
Al's most recent work inspired by the female form is a mix of figure
drawing, caricature and pin-up. It's been shown in Chicago, Detroit,
San Francisco, Pleasanton and Hollywood.
The samples shown are representative of the quality work Al will
produce live at your party or event. Big Al can sketch 18-25 people
per hour in black and white, and 8-12 people per hour in color.