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The president of a consulting firm commissioned these drawings of his team leaders. They had been working on a project that involved super-this and super-that. It followed naturally that the team leaders would be depicted as superheroes. I don’t have to understand the intricacies of their work, but I understand the importance of motivating and rewarding people very well. A gift like this is a major pat on the back and will mean a boost of energy and imagination for these people. What a fun project! Thank you, Greg.
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The Herrington in St. Charles has a grand ballroom with a mezzanine where the bridal party and the close family of the bride and groom were set up.

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Locating the caricaturists (there were two of us) on the mezzanine as well made it easy for us to draw a pre-selected crowd, a rather elegant solution to the sometimes awkward question of who will be eligible to get a drawing. It also meant that we were far from the loud dance music downstairs and therefore able to relate to the people we were drawing. When the artist can chat a bit with the subjects, the drawings tend to be better, more personal.
Things got really personal when a man named Mike got teased about his ears—all in good fun, of course.

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Since I relate not only to the person I’m drawing at the moment but also to the whole ambiance and everything I hear around me, the fact that Mike’s friends were mercilessly ribbing him, with one buddy saying, “oh, yeah, go for the ears, it’s like Obama had a one night stand and Mike is the result” was an encouragement that I should pull all the stops. Mike, as you can see, cracked up. What you see on the top edge of his left ear is his wife’s hand, holding on.
In general, this was a collection of buddies and old friends. Jokes were flying. Hilarity all around.
Look at this couple, for example————————

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GlenEllyn1
Planning a wedding can be stressful. It’s advisable to GlenEllyn2relax the evening before the big day. What better way than to laugh out loud! Laughter is therapeutic and supremely relaxing. I know these people all looked their best for the wedding the next day. Thank you, Sue.
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Birthday1
Good food, a bartender and that famous caricaturist, Whatsername, is all it takes for a fabulous party. Of Birthday2course, if helps if you have 1) a charming vintage home that your husband, the birthday boy, renovated by himself and 2) great friends and family who have a sense of humor. I just love the reactions of these people to my work. I drew twenty-seven people in two hours.Thank you, Meaghan!
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It’s as much a mystery to me as to you. A friend of this Ms. Monica commissioned the drawing, requesting the princess motif, the chalice, the libations and the caption. All the rest is my own invention and apparently I read Ms. Monica right. I must say, I like the way this turned out. I particularly like the Gaudiesque throne and the purple platforms, one kicked off. A kicked off purple platform pump speaks volumes, doesn’t it. Thank you, Al.  Happy Whatever, Monica!

Al sent me this email a few days later: “Monica loved her gift!  I got lots of great compliments on the gift.  Thanks again for doing such an awesome job capturing her.”

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GaryWed1The Pavilion in Marquette Park in Gary is the place to see and be seen. It’s laid out so that an expansive balcony faces West, which is appropriate for evening events. When I arrived, the bridal party and guests were enjoying their photo ops with the sunset behind them. GaryWed5I noticed a girl, about nine or ten, sketching the view. Getting all dressed up for this formal event, she had the presence of mind to bring a sketch pad along! That’s how we are, we artists: our art can easily override social obligations. Ha. This was a touching sight for me.
After cocktails the party moved upstairs to the grand ball room, a intelligently planned space, with high ceiling, balcony and arcade. I drew thirty-seven people in two-and-a-half hours. Thank you, Uzma!—-

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Chiropractic1
It was an open house to attract people and get them Chiropractic2acquainted with this healing center on Main Street. There was food, a face-painter and, ta-tah, moi. Oh, and free massages, of course, and questions answered. A delightful excuse to hang out for a couple of hours on a sunny afternoon in what has become a perfect October. I drew twenty-three people in two-and-a-half hours. Thank you, Anita.
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