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Meet Grant Pominville of Caricatures by Grant in Los Angeles

Today we’d like to introduce you to Grant Pominville.

Grant, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
I started in 1999, shortly after I graduated college in Minneapolis at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design. I started drawing at the Mall of America and Valleyfair, both located close to Minneapolis. I got my start from Tom Richmond who runs concessions as well as draws for Mad Magazine.

We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
I got burnt on doing a few jobs without getting payment. I had checks bounce from a couple gigs I did. I also got caught up in some bad contracts. I now avoid independent contractor’s agreements.

We’d love to hear more about your business.
I draw caricatures; in other words, I exaggerate the features of each individual face. I can draw up to 21 faces per hour in black and white. I draw on 11×14 paper with ink markers. I also do caricatures from a photo digitally via Photoshop. I am known for my likenesses and turning out a good number of drawings in a matter of hours.

What were you like growing up?
Growing up I was into music and art. I had a lot of energy and got into skateboarding and basketball also. I liked Duran Duran and Run DMC the best for music. Some of my first memories of drawing were dinosaurs.


  • I charge per hour and have a 2 hour minimum. Since I draw all over southern California I quote each gig different. My range is usually between $125-$175 per hour.

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