About the chap behind Sensible Pencil…

Christian Marshall (A.K.A Chrissy) is one of the UK’s most popular event caricaturists. His talent is a blend of  wickedly accurate observation, with a dash of skill, a soupçon of charm and a large dollop of cheeky fun. Known for his enthusiastic smile and natural cartooning flair, his caricatures are character filled and gently spoofing, without being offensive (as long as you don’t mind having a big nose).

A professional artist since 1999 and a pioneer of digital caricatures, he’s drawn around 200,000 folk, and a whole bunch of celebrities, at over three thousand events, across five continents. As well as appearing at UK’s most esteemed venues, Chrissy has performed as far afield as Vegas, Moscow, Sydney, Dubai and Swindon.

As a chubby kid, wee Chrissy was drawing since he could hold a pencil. Apart from being an astronaut, his only ambition was to draw cartoons for a living, as it looked more fun than a proper job. The dream came true when he became stranded in Australia with no flight home and $35 to his name. After buying charcoal, paper and a deck chair, he set up outside the Sydney Opera House to draw the tourists. Sensible Pencil was born and has been scribbling away ever since!

Christian has a first class degree in art and a third place medal from his school egg & spoon race. He now lives at the blunt end of a pencil in Bath with his lovely wife, two noisy children and a smelly old Labrador.

Someone said:

Chrissy is fantastic to work with. His caricatures are quick, funny, entertaining and really draw people to our exhibition stand, giving time for our team to interact with new prospects. To top it off he’s a top person himself and flexible to work with.

I have had so many comments about the speed and accuracy of your drawings, and people were blown away by what you did. As an organiser of events, I was also deeply impressed by the way you conducted yourself all evening. Your positive enthusiasm rubbed off on the delegates and was an integral part of the overall success.

We booked Sensible Pencil (Chrissy) as a surprise for our guests and we can not recommend him enough – his work is incredible!

Sooo many of guests have remarked on what a great idea it was to have a caricaturist as part of the evening entertainment.

I’ve had nothing but positive feedback which is excellent, exactly the experience we wanted our colleagues to feel.

Chrissy was amazing at our wedding! The caricatures were brilliant, everyone loved theirs and really pleased to have something to take home. He is a great guy, great sense of humour and conversation whilst drawing with added to the fab atmosphere! 

Chrissy was amazing. Going above and beyond the brief and giving us amazing value for money.

Our guests absolutely loved the caricatures they are absolutely fantastic- the best I’ve seen! Brilliant addition to our wedding!

The caricatures worked out exactly as I had hoped for. The pictures were really well received and will be lasting mementos of the annual event we put on. Always try to have a bit of X Factor and you were very much part of that. The way you did it, and interacted with everyone, was perfect and all had such positive things to say about us arranging this as part of the dinner and evening.

Mmmm. You made me smile today dude. 10/10.

Terrific and prolific!! Can’t thank you enough for entertaining all our guests at the wedding. Truly amazing and such fun. You will be talked about for years.

We booked sensible pencil for our wedding and it really was the best choice we made throughout the whole of the wedding planning! Chrissy was so friendly, bubbly and professional, ALL of our guests loved him! He really has a true talent and really kept our guests laughing and entertained! I would 1000% recommend to anyone!

Thank you very much for your help and support at our trade show – you were amazing!

We ‘zapped’ the details of almost 500 other people, so a really successful show for us.

Chrissy was lovely and very well received by the clients. I have always been a bit tentative about having a caricaturist, as they can be a bit harsh in their portrayal, but Chrissy struck just the right balance. He was also very quick and managed to get around quite a few guests.

My friends were thrilled with their portraits and have been sharing them on Facebook all weekend. It really turned the party into something magical; we will be forever grateful. – what a talent!

You were as amazing as I knew you would be. Everyone thought it was a brilliant idea to have you there and were equally as thrilled with their pictures. Your wit and talent added a tremendous value to our day and for that I am grateful.

All of the guest loved it and he end results were just amazing and incredibly funny. You are so talented in what you do.

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