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It was Michaela’s ninth birthday.  Saturday late morning turns out to be a good time for a girls’ party.  From ten 13Orvis4to noon, I drew eleven girls in full color and in the activity of their choice.  An excellent party favor!  The drawing is 11 x 14, a standard frame size.  Pop it in a ready-made frame and hang it next to that Bieber boy in your room!  Totally awesome!  Thank you , Jolene, for letting me participate in this superbly organized party!————–

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13Lithuanian6bThe Grand Dukes is a night spot in Summit, at 63rd and S. Harlem.  (We’re not in Wilmette any more, Toto.)  The 13Lithuanian6owner was throwing himself a birthday party.  But I suspect every Friday night is party night at the Grand Dukes, every night for that matter, where the women are gorgeously tall and  leggy  and all the men are very relaxed.  The band was singing Lithuanian Rock and I think I heard Dylan in there somewhere, also in Lithuanian.  I drew twenty-two people in one-and-a-half hours, with great abandon, to reflect the ambiance.  Love this scene!  The pen just flows!  I hope the next time—and you did say there would be more parties like this, Andrew!—I’ll be allowed to work in color. The colors in this place are hard to resist.  Thank you, Andrew, and happy birthday!

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13Hutson6Just five minutes from my house, okay maybe seven.  So doing a party of just one hour was no problem at all. 13Hutson6aAmanda was turning ten and invited five of her best friends  for a sleep over.  I was to draw six girls, depicting them in their favorite sport.  They were very excited.  A lot of fun!  I drew all six girls doing their sport in one hour and in full color. It was leisurely,  which allowed for some nice chat and for questions from the girls about how I do this.  I gave out samples of the paper I use and talked about the use of markers.  I like it when a kids party is both fun and educational.  Thank you,  Jane!———————

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13Drako9bI was the caricaturist of choice at Dmitri’s birthday party.  His wife told me that everybody was going to speak 13Drako9Russian.  So I went to YouTube and learned some Russian phrases.  The most useful thing to say, I thought, would be “excuse me.”  The phonetic  approximation  comes out as “eez-veh-NEE-dzeh.”  It also means “I’m sorry.”  What the hostess didn’t tell me was that everybody also spoke excellent, educated English.  Still, I wanted to practice my new Russian phrase and that’s what I said when I presented the drawing: “eez-veh-NEE-dzeh.”  They got the joke, of course.Sophisticated people always get my jokes, sometimes while putting up with bad pronunciation. Thank you, Yuliya!—————————–13Drako8b13Drako813Drako1013Drako10b13Drako7b13Drako7a13Drako5a13Drako513Drako6b13Drako613Drako213Drako2b13Drako3b13Drako313Drako413Drako4b13Drako1b13Drako1

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13ReadMe9bThe James R. Jordan Foundation sponsored an event in Touhy Herbert Park on W. Adams near Ogden, designed to 13ReadMe9encourage reading.  Hundreds of books had been collected and were now given away to school age kids, most of them in grammar school.  I drew thirty-five people in less than four hours. Here are a few of them.  Thank you, Brigid!

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13ASGE26bA large company dealing with gastrointestinal fun and 13ASGE26games threw itself a big party under a white tent.  The occasion for the festivity was their relocation into this smart, elegant new building in Downers Grove.  Employees brought family members to help them celebrate the company’s winning strategy on the gastrointestinal endoscopial  game board.  There was a long food line, a suave DJ and that famous caricaturist Whatsername.  There was dancing and news about how the kids are doing.I didn’t overhear any 13ASGE11conversations about gastrointestinal endoscopy, though.  Probably because it was a picnic, hmmm.   I drew forty-five people in four hours.  Thank you, Kayla!

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13Raths8bIt was a family party with as many adults as kids.  But 13Raths8since it was a Gabi’s birthday party, the mom restricted caricatures to only kids.  A good rule!  Generally it does happen that adults defer to kids at a kids’ party, but just to be sure, it’s wise to make it explicit.  Kids only!  I drew seventeen kids in two hours and in full color.  You guessed it: this was a well-organized event and there was no wait time between one drawing and the next.  Someone was always there to be drawn.  I 13Raths12like that.  I  like working intensely. The work actually comes out better when it’s one right after the other. Thank you, Monica!

Here are a few of the drawings.

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