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The sunny party room at Walker Bros in Lincolnshire—perfect setting for a sunny crowd of sixteen year-old girls.  I drew all twenty-five of them in two hours.  That means, black-white, goes fast, and only the birthday girl gets the whole body drawing.  As you can see, the head already has all the cheerful information.  Now, let’s talk about hair, long hair.  If there’s a sixteen-year old out there with an alternative haircut, please, stand up and shout. But no, long long hair—must be a rule. De rigeur.  Just kidding, but if there were the occasional short hair, the drawing would go so much faster.  So, like, who cares.  Happy Birthday, Rebecca!

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I’ll be teaching a 5-week course on The Art of Caricature this summer at the Evanston Art Center.  The class will be held on Thursday evenings from 7 – 9 p.m.,  starting June 14.  Due to an email glitch, the class is not listed in the printed summer catalog, but it will be listed online at www.evanstonartcenter.org

Here’s the blurb:  “For intermediate & advanced portrait artists.  Seeing through the “caricature lens” enables you to heighten your subject’s expression and will develop your personal style. A good caricature is a stronger likeness than a “realistic” portrait or even a photo. As you develop your ability to see in this new light, you can decide to what degree you want to “tweak” the features and still maintain the likeness. The notebooks of some of our great artists (Leonardo, Picasso) reveal that they were, at heart, caricaturists. This course broadens the view of a much-misunderstood art. The class is set-up so that students can see the instructor’s drawing as it emerges, step by step. “

That last part is important.  I tack a long sheet of brown paper on the wall and draw with black markers so that everybody can see.  Every student will have an 8½ x 11 printout of the face we’re working on and I will have the same face taped to my brown drawing paper on the wall.  We go at it.  How do you look at this?  What feature will you push and pull?  How do you enhance the expression? All this, while keeping the likeness.  In fact, the likeness will be enhanced by our pushing and pulling. A good caricature looks more like the person than a photograph.   It’s fascinating.  I will also sit next to individual students and draw along with them.  I provide the copies of the faces but students can also bring in their own choices.  Hmmm, friends and family. The  class is, of course, fun, but it’s also serious work and very challenging.

The number at the Evanston Art Center is 847-475-5300

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Their husbands are executives in an international company and so they move around a bit. They talk about London, Rome or Rio as if these were neighboring suburbs.  Everybody speaks a handful of languages—fluently.  I drew thirteen of these cosmopolitan women, who came from India, Australia, Denmark, Germany, France, Argentina, Belgium, Britain and the Faroe Islands.  I practiced a little French and German on them and asked to hear some Faroese, which sounds a lot like Swedish.    Art, culture, food…pretty good company, I must say.  They were celebrating the birthday of a member, the founder of this ex-pat club.  I drew them all in an hour-and-a-half and then was invited to enjoy some of their fabulous pot-luck.  Thank you, Jackie.  Happy Birthday, Eva!

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Somebody should do a study of why eleven year old girls are so wonderful.  They are probably my favorite demographic in the caricature business.  The absolute best crowd for caricaturing is undoubtedly the inebriates at a December party, but they are so special, they don’t count in the real order of things.  Right after them would come the super-smart such as the Intelligrated party I did last summer [see index at right]  and, ta-tah, eleven-year-old girls.  Pure delight and spontaneity.  The pen just flows over my paper.  Love every moment.  Thank you, John and Laura.  Happy Birthday, Sophia!

(For December parties, see posts Dec 13, Jan 8 & 31, and Feb 4, 2012. For the smart people I’m highlighting here, posts Nov 8 & 9, and Dec 30, 2011)

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Speaking of morale.  Bob was moved to another market or another town…I never quite get those interoffice details.  No matter.  You can tell, he’s important.  The company feels it’s important to take note of accomplishments and milestones in a person’s career. This builds morale not only among those who are celebrated in this way, but, I’ll bet you anything, also among those who are involved in the gift giving.  A mild caricature like this is a very personal, heart-felt gift.  Congratulations, Bob!  Thank you, Violetta!

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