A few words about me
Hi, I’m Phil Bowler, your wedding caricaturist and all-round nice guy! It all started way back in 1993 when I decided to spend a gap year in Spain as my 1st year of a degree in chemistry here in Melbourne wasn’t enlightening enough. Off I went as a skinny 19 year old on my first solo overseas adventure as nervous as hell. After spending 6 weeks in Madrid brushing up on my Spanish, I finally ended up in the Canary Islands (Lanzarote) with an uncle of mine who I knew drew caricatures for a living. As my efforts to find (and keep) a job didn’t go too well (I lasted 5 days as a waiter at a Chinese restaurant), my uncle gave me a job as his assistant. I was basically instructed to help him mount his caricature stand on the side of the footpath and use my English skills to bring in the customers for a quick 5 minute caricature. After a few successful weeks enticing tourists to take a seat and then watching the drawings unfold, something strange started to happen in my brain. I finally realised that every caricature followed the same pattern, that is, there was a definite start and end point with each feature changing form relevant to capturing the likeness of every individual. Could I have unlocked the secret to drawing live caricatures? Or was the one year spent studying chemistry causing a slight chemical imbalance in my head? Either way, something clicked. Three months of solid practice later and I was ready to unleash my talents on the hundreds of British and German tourists that flocked to Spain every summer. By this time I was a very nervous 20 year old who had just begun the journey of providing live caricature entertainment. Four years later and I decided to come home to Melbourne to get a ‘real job’, so I spent many years back at university gaining numerous qualifications in the fields of business, tourism and education. This was followed by a career in retail travel, tour guiding and subsequently teaching all the while I drew caricatures in private as my hobby. Then in 2015 at the ripe old age of 42, I decided the big city of Melbourne needed another live caricature artist to satisfy demand…and here I am!
Since then I’ve entertained people at countless events, functions, parties and of course WEDDINGS! I’ve even been on TV and drawn Shane Crawford whilst being distracted by Lauren Phillips!
Contact me today and I’ll bring the laughter to your wedding!!