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… most generous, most appreciative, most kind, most celebratory… classiest…best.  Ever.

It’s a six hour picnic. Here are a few of the dozens I drew that glorious afternoon.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Your friends pack up and move to West Virginia, what can you possibly give them as a going-away present?  Right.  A caricature by that famous artist, whatshername.  The only question was, will they drive a funny, whacky, cartoonish car or something classy like a Cadillac.  I was told to go for the fins.

And red!  Thanks, Dan.  Best to you, Adam and Emily!

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When I first started drawing caricatures, babies scared me.  I mean, drawing them scared me.  I knew that I was there to please the parent and the parent wanted “cute.”  I can do cute.  But at the same time I have always seen babies as having a lot of character and individuality.  Babies are actually serious people, I think, always working it out:  how does all this stuff that’s coming at me fit together and how can I outsmart everybody around me?  Hard work, takes a lot of concentration.

So I like to draw them looking assertive, with shoulder up, hand on hip, or elbows on table, biceps strong.  Turns out, parents actually like this.  Probably because they also see their baby as an individual with character.

Here are just a hand-full, from recent parties.  The last one shown here had such a mature face, that he came out looking like a teen-ager in the drawing.  Dad said, yup that’s him.

Btw, a baby is anyone who has to sit on somebody’s lap to be drawn.

(There’s a worthwhile documentary called “Everybody Loves Babies,” 2010, director Thomas Balmes.)

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The Victory Center is an extensive,  well-appointed senior living complex in Bartlett, IL.  Now picture the large parking lot full of vintage cars: Model T, ’56 Chevy convertible, finned Cadillac, De Lorean’s sea gull, et al.  Spectacular. This was the brain child of the activities director who somehow had persuaded the owners of these fabulous cars to come on by—drive in your precious vehicle. (I heard that somebody drove a fifty’s Ford all the way from Ann Arbor, MI.)   Party time in the parking lot!  And golden oldies on the turn-table.

Thank you, Rose!

Because of threatening rain drops,  I was set up inside in the lobby, where I drew twenty-eight people in two hours.  Featured above and here at left  is “Pat the Cat.”  She called herself that because, she explained, like a cat she has nine lives, she keeps coming back.

Here are a few more of these good-humored people, starting with a fire cracker who has always been called “Button.”  She told me about her adventures as a model in art classes, and that would be life classes.  Gotta love it.

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A photo will not do.  It’s a CD cover!

Not even a caricature in a clean line drawing would do, I suggested.  We need to go with wild colors.  So, after the line drawing was approved, I went for luminous colors and did two versions for the client’s consideration.  One of them got all the votes.  Voila!

The client is an opera singer who is moving into jazz.  He has recorded a CD to present to various jazz venues and nightspots.  The cover had to be as dazzling as his voice.  Double voila!

I look forward to hearing you scat, Jerry!

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In a school with lots of parental involvement, this kindergarten class was treated to an end of the school year celebration with all sorts of activities and everybody got to sit for a caricature by that famous artist, Whatshername.  No less than three parents were directly managing the flow of traffic around me.  Fantastic!  I drew all twenty-eight kids in two hours. Here’s a small sampling.

Henry’s t-shirt says “Henry for President.”

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