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13AvisFinal4Or Cody and Fynn!

This was the cover of an 8”x10” Christmas card.  It’s an adaptation of Bill Watterson’s classic Calvin and PostcardHobbes stamp.  I’ve done many Christmas cards, but this one is truly awesome.

When you open the card, you get five Calvin and Hobbes strips with this Lake Bluff family playing the characters in the comic strip.  I worked from photos of the family and never met them.  I really had only one angle of the dad’s face and the girl’s face to work with.  For mom and the boy I managed to also get profiles.  At first I was worried that the dad always looking directly out at the viewer (instead of at the scene in front of him) would not work.  But to my surprise, it works wonderfully.  It’s

13AvisFinal5uncanny, how  the strip with the car is even funnier because dad is looking straight at us in his utter confusion.

What a clever idea! This was a rewarding project for me.  Thanks Bob and Cindy!

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14Tapia1aLook at this expressive face.  I love drawing kids who are self-assured.  This girl faced me as if she were 14Tapia1bdoing her job while I was doing mine.  We were partners in an interesting enterprise.  My drawing of her celebrates the asymmetry in her face, a sign of intelligence and maturity.

All the kids at this party were poised.  When I asked them what subject they liked in school,  they all said math.  Some added reading. Love it!

14Tapia13aThe Monaco Hotel on Wacker and Dearborn in Chicago has the most welcoming, elegant lobby.  I arrived so early that I had time to sit by the fire place and read.  I kept looking up to study the design of the lobby and its furnishings—an excellent learning opportunity.

The party for the one-year old was in a banquet room and very well organized.  14Tapia13bVery often, at a kids party I have to wait for the little ones to cooperate.  Note here.  There was never a lull between drawings.  I drew all the kids and then some adults.  In two hours, twenty-three people.  Thank you, Evelyn!

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13Gurnee1bThis is an early afternoon holiday party for a department in a large North Shore company.  The head of the department thought her crew deserved a fine meal and 13Gurnee1the dubious honor , haha, of being caricatured.  She wanted very personal drawings, reflecting quirks and personality traits.  The coworkers were encouraged to give me ideas, all in high spirits and with great enthusiasm.  In such an engaging atmosphere, the work is sheer pleasure and I’ll let the pictures document that feeling.  Some shots are blurry, because of the liveliness of this group.  When you see the top of someone’s head, you know that he was folded over with laughter after he’s seen the drawing. Priceless, really.  I drew seven-teen people in full color n two hours.  Thank you,  April!——————————-

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13EarlesArchtcs1bThis was a December Holiday party for an architecture firm. We’re at the Seven Ten on Lincoln Ave:  food, drinks, bowling, out of the Chicago cold and …caricatures.  I was asked to add something  13EarlesArchtcs1chrissmassy, so I gave everybody a Santa hat and a red nose.  This really went over big, lots of hilarious responses. The art of caricature relies on minimal touches.  Just two spots of red and bang! Cracked everybody up.

What with the food and the bowling, the pace for drawings was pretty leisurely, just twenty-seven people in two-and-a-half hours.  Thank you, Kim!————————————

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13Talsma72A family of four, looking all yuley-tidey and red and green all over.  Fun for them, fun for me. Thank you, Sara and Chris!

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13ConniesPizza1This was a party for women who participate in a study program at one of the hospitals.  I did their Christmas party last year and was happy to be called back again.  Connie’s is a fantastic place on Archer just south of 22nd, full of atmosphere and historic interest. Thank you again, Kathleen!——————————–

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