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This was a last minute idea and I was able to meet the deadline because the client had good photos of her friend and a good idea.  It can take a week to get everything right, but in this case the turnaround was just four days.  It’s all done by email: the client sends me photos, I email the sketch, the client comments/ approves, sends the payment and I do the final color version.  Just like that!  Works wonderfully.  You know what you’re paying for because you have approved it ahead of time.  Everybody’s happy.

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And then there’s a degree of extroversion that expresses itself in explicit information about underwear and what it’s intended to conceal.  Oh, what a stuffy sentence that turned into.

12CCCTech25Here we have a woman in a glittering red dress:  ebullient and voluptuous.  She volunteered dimensional information about her companion that otherwise would have been considered private.  He accepted this in good humor.  Gosh, another stuffy sentence.  But stuffing was sort of the theme, if you get… it was wild and my marker just went along.

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When it gets past ten-thirty or eleven at a party where people know each other, the DJ cranks up the volume and– in my corner—the 12CCCTech16hilarity index rises precipitously.  This incline is reflected in my work. Sometimes a really extroverted couple gets to be drawn as the Flintstones  a little earlier in the evening, but usually this theme slips in later.  I think this couple clocked in at about 10:30, the cusp of the evening’s riot.  I rarely draw more than one Flintstones couple per party, so it’s always a special treat for these people.

I’ll have one more post from this extraordinary party. Next.

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This was a five-hour Christmas Party for a large tech company.  I will 12CCCTech9show only a small sample of the many people I drew that night. Thanks to Suzanne, who sent me this email after the party: “I just wanted to send you a quick note and tell you thanks for everything.  Your services were fantastic and everyone had such a great time with your caricature drawings!”

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These last two are the owners of the company, two really casual, personable guys. It was past midnight, so I expressed their power…they loved it as you can see!

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You’ll have noticed that in the shots of the people (the “victims” as some perceptive clients call them), they are always looking to the left of the frame.  That’s because after the drawing is done, I turn it around for them to see and I hold it up in my left hand while simultaneously clicking the shutter of my little Sony with my right.

This is the moment I work for.  Oh, sure, there’s a check at the end of the party, but this reaction, this sudden outburst of laughter—often accompanied by dramatic hand gestures—THIS IS IT!  Sometimes during long parties people ask me if I’m getting tired.  Well, yes, physically, but I’m not aware of it because this hilarity is so rewarding and energizing for me.  I just keep going.  It’s what I love to do.

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12CarolDentistWhat’s a woman to do when she’s in love with her dentist, who is twenty years her junior and happily married with three musical kids. He plays the accordion and the kids play guitars and drums and such.  Long question.  The answer, of course, is “give him a Hilden Caricature for Christmas. “

This was a fun project with me advocating for more wildness and Carol chickening out and holding back.  Wineglass with native flag and barefoot (in the grass, oooh! giggle) is as far as I got with my (apparently limited) persuasion skills. We don’t want our dentists to be portrayed as wild.  Agreed.  Even reigned in, I enjoyed every step of the process. Thank you, Carol!

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12IbarraAriannaBIGSebastian’s first birthday party was a hit.  First I drew all the kids and then some adults, even those who at first were too serious for this sort of frivolity, like grandma.  You can spot her in the gallery below, looks just like her with that extra dollop of glamour that I like to dispense to reluctant customers.  Ha. Works every time!

Come to think of it, the kids were pretty serious, too.  A studious, well-mannered bunch.

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Ah, the guys are such good sports about this.

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