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14Merrilville3aaMerrillville, IN is the place to see and be seen.  Well, the seeing isn’t so much, haha, but to be seen, 14Merrilville3bdefinitely.  Especially if you get to participate in the royal pageantry at the Radisson’s Mardi Gras.  Who knew, Merrillville, IN!

I did this event last year and was called back again. This is a bash to honor all the people at the Methodist Hospital who raised gobs of money for the institution.  The folks who bring in the most get to be king and queen, with crowns and golden trains several yards long.  They are followed by princes in cutaways and white tie, and princesses, with coronets and cover-up-girl-you’ll-catch-a-cold decolletage.

14MerrilvilleRoyalsThis is the most elaborate event I do all year, verily.  Light fixtures and plants—all in the most exotic balloon shapes imaginable.  Even a castle wall made out of balloons!  Next year, I expect to see a draw bridge made of balloons.

14MerrilvilleRafaelAThe best part, of course, is the people, all game for anything.  You can tell, by the expanse of flesh I show 14MerrilvilleRafaelBin my drawings of them.  I drew twenty-six people in full color, in three hours and with much jovial conversation.  Thank you again, Rafael! And next year I just may put pants on you.  May!  It can go both ways, you know.

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AndyTommes72The Calvin and Hobbes Christmas card that I posted on January 25th inspired a gift idea.  Here are two brothers, age six and nine, who own the complete volumes of the comic strip and are avid readers.  I misspelled Thomas to add an appropriate Calvin twist.  Best to you, Andy and Tommes!

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14ChangFamilyA spacious party room in the pavilion of a luxury housing complex–perfect.  We were celebrating Kayla’s ninth birthday with lots of games, pizza, goody bags, and caricatures by that famous Whatshername.  Parents work very hard at planning these kids’ parties and they keep working right through the party itself, making sure everything is 14ChangUncletaken care of.  Above, Kayle and her parents, who of course didn’t have time to pose for the photo.  I’m glad they took a couple of minutes to sit for the drawing.  It goes fast, you know.  I drew twenty-eight people in two-and-a-half hours.  Thank you, Rick!

(At right and below, the favorite uncle.)

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14DanCindyDogsA woman commissioned this drawing as a Valentine’s Day gift to her husband.  They often vacation in Door County with their two well-trained dogs.  Anytime you allow me to draw your dogs making fun of you, I know the drawing will be a hit.  Thank you, Cindi.

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14GargTwinsThe twins were turning one and the family flew in from Atlanta to celebrate in Chicago.  I was set up next to the wall of Indian celebrities at Gaylord’ s Indian 14GargAman1Restaurant on Walton near Water Tower Place.  The aunt told me the twins had very different personalities, one placid the other very energetic.  So, I put that in the drawing, of course.  In caricature you can do more than a photo would be able to do.

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14CopLastRollCallHe was retiring (yes, indeed) and very formal in his demeanor.  He had the habit of addressing his crew from a lectern.  I asked if I could at least have him standing at the side of the lectern so that the drawing would have some character.  Granted.  I’m sure the recipient liked the drawing as a retirement gift, but geez, this project didn’t utilize my talent for wildening things up a bit.  To wilden up, v.t. — look it up in your Funk and Wagnelis.  Thank you, again, Dan!

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14Ambulance10aDuring a near-blizzard a couple of weeks ago I drove to Merrilleville, IN and drew thirty-six people in three 14Ambulance10bhours. They were ambulance and med-car drivers, spouses, dates and managers.  A festive night, a night to remember.  Thank you, Mindy!

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