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Bud Strom

Bud Strom is a cowboy poet,  raconteur and retired one-star general.  Notice the red kerchief and the mess –o-medals on his chest.  He lives out west now, Arizona, where he raises cattle and is much in demand for his verbal gifts.  His friend Harry contacted me from Oak Park, right here in Illinois, to draw his old friend, a “real character,”  in celebration of his 80th birthday.  How appropriate!  Thanks Harry.

You can find Bud Strom on YouTube:

https://www.google.com/search?q=you+tube&ie=utf-8&oe=utf-8&aq=t&rls=org.mozilla:en-US:official&client=firefox-a#q=bud+strom+site:youtube.com&sa=X&ei=1vJLT_frFpDlgger_ZnrDQ&ved=0CG4Q2wE&hl=en&client=firefox-a&hs=EOo&rls=org.mozilla:en-US%3Aofficial&bav=on.2,or.r_gc.r_pw.r_qf.,cf.osb&fp=239ed407df9948f7&biw=1016&bih=577

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It’s always a privilege to work at the Hallmark and draw the residents and their guests.  The sun was streaming in over Belmont Harbor.  Fresh flowers on the café tables and goodies to go with coffee and tea.  A combo was playing sentimental tunes to complete the Valentine’s Day mood… “Let me call you sweetheart…”  I drew mostly women and some couples and children.  It was a treat not only for the residents but also for those guests who were shopping for retirement options for themselves or for their parents.  The leisurely ambiance allowed me to chat a bit and hear some life stories or at least snippets of life stories, for which I’m grateful .

Here’s a small selection of my drawings from that afternoon.

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Rachel and José are theater people in Brooklyn, working at the trade and bound to be famous soon.  He’s 5’6”, she’s  5’10”.  They’ve been together for two years, get along famously and their friends are all height doesn’t matter.  The parents are not chiming in so much.  So for Valentine’s Day they treated themselves to a kind of documentation of their enduring love.  Worth it!!  Turned out to be a big hit back stage with the rest of the crew and cast.  The rents are trying to catch up, they told me.  Congratulations, Rachel and José!

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To fund the art program in his school, Tom Ruiz,  an energetic young principal organized a fund raiser and called it “Art from the Heart.”   It was held in the school gym, involved raffle prizes and, of course, a famous caricaturist.  It would be an exaggeration to say that half the town showed up, but the place was buzzing.  A fun crowd, very personable people and very interested in my technique.  I learned that Crown Point has a population of about 20,000 and six florist shops; I learned this from a couple of florists who sat for me.(He with the flower in his straw hat.)  Somehow, that ratio speaks favorably about a town.  Thank you, Tom!

This was a fabulous event.  Notice the hilarity when they first see the drawing.  Seeing these reactions is very important to me, keeps me inspired.

Notice also, that color makes the drawing funnier.  My color technique is as fast as the black/white technique of other artists.  Working in b/w you have to put more lines down to make the drawing readable, but with a dash of color you can say it all and heighten the humor, to boot.  The bright color of eyes and hair, for example, or red-red hair and freckles.  Not to mention that famous red dress! To study my color technique more closely, click on the drawing for an enlargement.

That’s just a few from that fabulous fundraiser at St. Mary’s, a Catholic School in Crown Point.  Crown Point, Indiana, is where the good parties are!  Who Knew!?

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A small company in Glenview specializes in skylights.  How small?  Small enough to fit everybody into the party room at Hackneys on Lake and be drawn—with spouses—by that caricaturist, what’s her name, that famous one. But big enough to have clients in two-hundred-and fifty-nine cities.  I remember that number as the correct answer to one of the questions in the quiz game planned by the owner, who’s energy and wit is reflected in his  name—Buff.  He’s a math-and-science guy who also has perfect pitch in social encounters and in running the human relations of his company.  I enjoyed all his people, who seemed to have interesting and interested lives, with several of them being serious musicians.  Yeah!  Thank you, Buff and Jeff!

I’ll post a few of the pictures from that evening here.

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She was demure, mostly.  Her posture was composed and genteel. She looked straight at me as if she had been instructed for a movie take. The deep iridescent blue highlighted her hooded eyes to great dramatic effect.  I looked at her, I looked him, I tried to read this relationship.  She noticed my quizzical look and twitched the corners of her pouty mouth in amusement.

Amusement and tolerance.  She was putting up with him, evidently.  How shall I describe this man?  He was rotund and leaned towards her so that his head was snuggling against her shoulder and neck, all the while giving me a knowing, squinty look or maybe a leer.  He smiled sweetly, seductively, even lasciviously, and at the same time he projected innocence, even a child-like pleasure in just being alive.  He tilted his head so that I had a hard time getting a look at his baby face.  A leering baby face?  No, scrap that.  Try Buddha.  Maybe that’s closer: the smiling Buddha, or if not, then one of those Zen monks who’ve just been zapped and melted in satori.  In other words, I couldn’t pick up a reading on this guy.

So, I drew her demureness first, hoping that he would find himself somehow in my drawing.  I don’t have a lot of time to figure these things out, you know.  There are ten people in line, gotta get this drawing done.  I drew his Buddha-baby face and then, suddenly, my brush-tip marker went with the feeling.  And out came this fat, sturdy baby, belly-button and diapers, shoulder pulled up in a knowing sassiness and hand on hip.

When I turned the drawing around for them so see, her lapis lazuli eye lids sparkled and he, well, he must have recognized himself. He lost it.

Several minutes later, as I was drawing the next or maybe the second or third couple after them, I felt a gentle pair of arms embracing my shoulders and a cheek against my left ear.   I rubbed his arm.  He was moved and grateful.  I tell you, that brush-tip marker sometimes gets at that pleasure of just being alive.

(This post is the last of the series that started 12.13.11 with “American Eagle Party at Rosemont Convention Center” and then heated up to “Cleavage” and “Da Thong.”  It was just a great party!)

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It’s my favorite art supply store.  I’ve bought my painting supplies there for years: oils, acrylic, linseed, brushes, stretchers, and canvas on the bolt.  Great products, all.  But it wasn’t until this past fall, October maybe, that I noticed that Utrecht had a house brand marker.  I tried the nib and fell in love with it.  By nib I mean the point end (the chisel ends of markers behave pretty much the same way).  Drawing with the point end is like painting with a brush; all the nuances and possibilities are there.  I was so enthusiastic about this discovery that the next time I was in the Loop I walked into Utrecht for yet more Utrecht markers and mentioned my excitement over this product to the assistant manager.  I would be happy to do a demo, I said, to promote this wonderful marker.  Good idea, let’s do it!

Utrecht used to be on the corner of Michigan and Jackson, near the School of the Art Institute and those students would buy their supplies at Utrecht.  The new location, on Wabash between Monroe and Madison, is just as convenient.  Same knowledgeable sales staff, bigger store, more products.

For the caricature demo using Utrecht markers on Canson Lay-Out paper I was set up directly in front of the entrance.  It was great to face colleagues (art students and art teachers) across my drawing board.  Here are a few of the people I drew last week.

My next demo at Utrecht is scheduled for Wednesday, February 8, late afternoon-early evening.   The drawings are free.

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