Caricatures & Face Painting - & Temporary Body Art for Everyday & All Occasions
Who is Nancy Kartoon?

Who is Nancy Kartoon ?

Phoenix Face Painter Nancy KartoonFace Painting by
Nancy Kartoon

Phoenix Caricature Artist Nancy KartoonCaricature by
Nancy Kartoon
Phoenix Balloon Twister Nancy KartoonBalloon Twisting
by Nancy Kartoon
Temporary Tattoo Artist Nancy Kartoon
Temporary Tattoos
by Nancy Kartoon

Nancy Kartoon - Fantastic Face Art & More!

ARTistic Entertainment for All Imaginations featuring:

 caricature entertainment and caricatures drawn from photos for gifts,
WOW face painting and body art,
balloon twisted artistry,
temporary airbrush tattoos, 
hand-painted and stencil glitter tattoos 
airbrush face painting & arm art,
 hand-drawn henna / mehndi and body ink tattoos,
pregnant belly painting / henna belly art
and customized body painting.

Nancy Kartoon is a multi-talented, professional and experienced artist
providing ART-based entertainment for
children - families - businesses - schools - churches - sports - non-profits
corporate and festivals in metro Phoenix, surrounding communities
and beyond!

How did Nancy Kartoon get started as an entertainer?

Born, raised and educated in Phoenix, AZ, Nancy Kaplan dba Nancy Kartoon began her entertainment career drawing caricatures professionally shortly after graduating from Maricopa Technical College in 1978 with an AA degree in Commerical Art.

Caricature of Nancy Kartoon drawn by Dave Riggs

In her final year at Maricopa Tech, her commercial art teacher Paul Reeves, started calling her "Nancy Kartoon" and she's been using it ever since! How's that for 38 years of name branding?

After graduation, the family garage was renovated into a work area (Studio Artworks) and Nancy began bombarding local businesses, print shops, screen printers and schools with a fun & colorful self-promotional flyer -- which brought in a TON of work!

Nancy was hired by local screen printers to create AZ Tourism cartoons for tshirts. "Some like it Hot", red hot cartoon chili peppers dancing in the desert under a full moon, was a big hit for several years, and she produced and sold her own line of AZ coyote tshirts.

Employee of the Month Sunstate Caricature drawn by Nancy Kartoon
Alpha Graphics, Chili's Bar & Grill and Sunstate Equipment hired Nancy to draw caricatures drawn from photos for their employee of the month and employee of the year incentive programs -- steady employment for over 15 years.

High school PTA committees booked Nancy Kartoon to draw caricatures for their school carnivals, dances, proms, after grad parties and teacher appreciation events.

CEO Caricature drawn by Nancy Kartoon
As her name became well known, local and statewide event planners and agencies hired Nancy Kartoon to draw caricatures at bar/bat mitzvahs, birthday parties, fund-raisers, conventions, wedding receptions, grand openings ....

Nancy Kartoon verses Nancy Kanu

In 1983, Nancy Kartoon squeezed into a kayak and went screaming down the San Juan River. She became a weekend warrior - running rivers and getting to her gigs on time to draw caricatures with her hair still wet from the Eskimo roll.

Nancy Kartoon doing the Eskimo RollHer family, friends and business associates effectionately called her the Kayaking Cartoonist.

After years of kayaking for the fun of it...Nancy Kartoon put her drawing board and markers aside and became Nancy Kanu, a Kayak Instructor for the American Canoe Association AND opened "Canyons & Coastlines Kayak School" in 1996, the first kayak school in Arizona.

For ten years, Nancy Kanu introduced many hundreds of people to kayaksport, torso rotation, capsize recovery, paddling safely, full moon paddles and had the time of her life paddling rivers and oceans.

All good things must come to an end...waterway permits became too costly so Nancy Kanu closed Canyons & Coastlines, laid down her kayak paddle, picked up her art stix, drawing board and markers and became Nancy Kartoon again.

Nancy Kartoon becomes multi-dimensional
It wasn't difficult getting back into the entertainment scene...Nancy Kartoon called Happy Entertainment and AZ Music Man and said I'm not running rivers anymore "GIVE ME WORK!"

She was drawing caricatures at Wild Horse Pass Easter of 2006 when Nancy met AZ Balloon Lady who said,  "Wow, you're a REAL artist, you should become a face painter!"

Face Painting! Those 2 words changed the direction of Nancy Kartoon's life!

Nancy immersed herself into the world of face painting when she clicked on Snazaroo  the world's largest face painting website and was amazed by the intensity and color she saw in every artists face painting photo. work. She clicked on a youtube video of a step-by-step How to Paint a Colorful Fantasy Tiger painted by face painting artist and instructor Mark Reid and was blown away!

Face and body painter and instructor Mark Reid

"Whoa, I wanna paint like that!" Nancy exclaimed, and immediately enrolled in a 3 day beginners class with Mark Reid.

Nancy embraced face painting with a gusto! She carried her face paint and brushes everywhere she went and painted anyone willing to sit for a few minutes.

With the skills and techniques Nancy learned from Mark Reid, Jodi Carr, Neil Roth, Star Shields, Marcela Marud, Pashur and LOTS of practice, practice, practice, Nancy Kartoon became empowered to BE the best face painter in Arizona!

How many people can honestly say they LOVE what they do for a living?

Nancy Kartoon loves meeting new and interesting people at every party she is invited to entertain -- kids crawl over her to see what who she's painting, teens and adults eagerly stand in line to get their faces cartoonized and their arms decorated with henna body art or airbrushed tattoos, seniors love watching Nancy create 3-D artistry from a tube of inflated air ... oh entertainment art is a wonderful & MAGIC experience!

Blue Music Face Painting on Jessica Rivera by Nancy KartoonElegant Face Painting

Couple caricature drawn by Nancy KartoonFun & Flattering
Paradise Sunset Glitter Tattoo applied by Nancy KartoonFun & Flirty
Glitter Tattoo
Monkey Balloon Bouquet twisted by Nancy KartoonBalloon Twisted Artistry
Bridal Henna/Mehndi by Henna Artist Purvi Galiya
Bridal Henna / Mehndi
Purvi Galiya

Pregnant belly painting by Nancy Kartoon Pregnant
Belly Painting

I have the best job on the planet!" says Nancy Kartoon. "Your face and body is my canvas!" Please give me the opportunity to TRANSFORM you into wonderful works of original ART!

I'd love for you to visit my other websites to view samples of my artworks at: nancykartoon, and azbodyartist and caricaturesandfacepainting.

Phoenix Artist and Entertainer Nancy Kartoon

Thank You for taking the time to view this webpage "Who is Nancy Kartoon?" and taking the time to get to know me. I hope you enjoy crusing my website...and I look forward to hear from you soon!

Colorfully Yours,

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(¸.·´ (¸.·'* Nancy Kartoon*

Nancy Kartoon is a professional and experienced party artist providing caricature entertainment, professional face painting, temporary airbrush tattoos, henna body art, glitter tattoos, pregnant belly painting and body art for theme parties and events, birthday parties, sweet 16 parties,kids birthday parties, holiday gatherings, school carnivals, proms and school dances, after-grad parties, Mardi Gras, company picnics, family reunions, wedding receptions, employee appreciation events, customer appreciation days, trade shows, conventions, Bar and Bat Mitzvahs, Quinceneras, grand openings, fundraisers, festivals, sales events, school, church and sports events and all special occasions worth celebrating.
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