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At family parties, yes! At a family party the men are cooperative in every way, helping move this and fix RoselleBthat, in charge of the BBQ, helping with the serving, the pouring, playing with the kids, laughing at whatever needs to be laughed with…angelic beings. The women are funny, sassy and sexy. So, “bad” in that sense. Take it from an expert party goer. I sit there drawing away and I probably look meek and humble, but, girlfriend, I hear and see everything. I should write a book. Haha.
This was the 60th birthday party for one of these RoselleCsweet guys, in Roselle. Lot’s of construction supervisors and engineers. In three hours I drew at least thirty-three people. Sheer pleasure, to be surrounded by sweet, generous men and sassy, generous women. I love my job. Thank you, Kara and Mary! Happy Birthday, David!—————————

 

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KohlMuseumB The Kohl Children’s Museum in Northbrook was hosting a benefit. I found an adult size bench for the visitors to sit on—not so easy in a place where everything is Lilliputian—and started to draw. I drew not only the visitors, but also staff, many of whom were college students majoring in early childhood education. One of these was this young woman from Kenya, who now studies at Oakton. I’m featuring her here because of how she reacted to the drawing. She clasped her hands together in an expression of absolute delight. I love this shot! She is clearly happy and will treasure this picture. I get paid well for my work, but there’s more to it. Seeing a reaction like this, makes my day!

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BabyEvanAThe caricature of a one-year-old involves a lot of guess work , but I pull it off anyway and the parents are pleased. The kids don’t care at that age, but the parents love these drawings. I like to draw babies with attitude, totally in command of the situation–which, of course, they are–even when they’re just curled up and drooling. “Oh, look BabyEvanBat that, how cute.” The drawing will get framed and will be a nice memory of this little party. I drew sixteen little kids in full color in two hours.
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45thAnniversaryWhat do you give your parents on their 45th wedding anniversary? You present them with a drawing that shows their quirkiness, their goofiness, their vitality. The drawing is nothing. What matters is that they will scream with laughter, they will throw their heads back, they will point to parts of the drawing and say omygod, omygod and they will reach for a Kleenex because they’re laughing so hard that they’re crying. That moment is your gift to them.
45thAnniversarySemiFinalBtw, before I do the final drawing you have approved every detail. On the right is the drawing in the last stage of the work process. This is what the daughter approved and this is what I traced on a light table to produce the drawing that became the gift to her parents. The process works very well.
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AirlineAMichael fell in love with airplanes before he was ten and ever since, he’s been looking down from a plane, studying our globe’s topography as often as he can. He’s worked for airlines for thirty years now and his wife thought this was something worth throwing a party for. We were at The Wildfire in Glenview. Some family members flew in from the coasts to celebrate Michael’s frequent flying.
As an avid traveler, Michael naturally has a love of cultures and languages, too. Particularly, French and German, his wife Gail told me over the phone.

MoiBeretSo, I wore my velour beret and spoke French—right from the start and unapologetically. I explained, in French, that the wife has flown me in from Paris expressly for this party. (My French is flawless when I’m with people who don’t speak any French , beyond merci and bon voyage. When I’m traveling in France, not so much. Ha.)
When I had to communicate with someone about sitting or turning, I gestured dramatically, just like a tourist. I have never done this before, but it worked. People were a little baffled, probably wondering how Gail and Michael got so rich all of a sudden to fly in a Paris artist just for this family get-together. By coincidence, my carrying case has the Eifel Tower on it. I would point to it and so there, what more proof do you need! Very funny. At the end of the party, when I drew Michael and Gail, I switched to German, because Gail had told me that German was his most fluent language. So now, Michael was baffled. What a treat for him. Really, very funny. I loved every minute of it and so did everybody else. Thank you, Gail! Onward and upward, Michael!
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Fiona turned twelve. Mom was planning a small party for Fiona’s closest friends. There would be FionaRivForstbgood food and some games and what else. The party needed some focus. Ah! We have that caricature of Fiona framed in the family room. Who was that artist? Oh, the name is on the drawing and it’s clear: “Hilden, 2009.” Let’s call her and see if she’s still doing this. Oh, yes, more than ever! My drawings get framed and my name is out there. There are always new clients but I do get called back often.
Here’s the drawing I did of Fiona when she was seven. This was a Halloween party at another child’s house and she came as a bumblebee. I remembered!  Love it!

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The International Hostel on Congress and Wabash asked me again to participate in their annual IntHostel20bcommunity day. There’s a Chicago Blues band and, ta-tah, me. It’s my third year there and I love it. Faces from all over the world—a face-person’s dream! Thank you, Sharday.
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