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This was just last week. Fifteen people sat around a conference table and IMG_8615discussed strategy, something about marketing their product. To spruce things up a bit—it’s all about gearing up motivation, you know—the head of the department had me come in to draw everybody, individually, while the discussion was going on. So that’s what I did. I hovered, circulating around the table. This goes very fast, about two minutes per person. Then I sat down at their large table and finished the drawings. They loved it!

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The blue cornflower, btw, is their most famous decorative element and if you’ve ever been in a kitchen, you’ll know what company this is. Thank you, Ian.
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LakeForest4Before college students get to roast chestnuts by an open fire, go for a sleigh ride together with you, dream of a white Christmas, jingle those bells and all that, they have to face finals in the first two weeks of December. Ugg. It’s a time of nerves. To relieve the stress of preparing for exams, someone at Lake Forest College had the idea of throwing a little party in the hallway in front of the caf. There were balloons, coloring books and–bubble wrap to pop. And, of course, that famous LakeForest2caricaturist Whatsername. It really was a relaxed atmosphere and I like to think I contributed to it. I particularly enjoyed overhearing jokes, but I can’t remember any of them, except the one about Rudolph the Red knowing rain, dear. Thank you, Kate.
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Henry’s Swing Club on Hubbard near the Wrigley really is a jumpin’ place. Hubbart2It’s spacious and offers pool tables and darts. It was rented for the evening by a national consulting firm and, you know, that’s a sophisticated, world-wise bunch. They hired me, of course, to draw them funny. I enjoyed their company enormously and, as you can see, they loved my work. Oh, and did I mention, they were also an exceptionally good looking bunch. Still, I did a number on them, haha. Hey, it’s in my job-description. Thank you, Erin.
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It’s been two years since I last drew everybody at this computer company for their “Wall of Fame.” See https://katherinehilden.wordpress.com/2013/09/25/wall-of-fame-in-lombard/
Lombard2The company has grown and an update was called for. An in-house party was arranged, with lots of food, and I got to draw the new crew members. This is fun. I like computer techies. My relationship with my own PC gets turbulent from time to time, but I enjoy the people who know all about hard drives and video cards. They have a sense of humor, are skeptical, listen between the lines, are often musical, and have good hair, even when they’re bald. Sorry about that last bit, I really just like chatting with people who are as alert as these folks are. Thank you again, Laura.
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DePaudrawing
Earlier this month, an executive at DePaul University got this caricature from a colleague at his retirement. Says it all, doesn’t it! I love simplifying a drawing  so that the feeling comes through, without cluttering it up. Notice, even the Blackhawk on the shirt is smiling.
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There are all sorts of halls you can hold your kids’ party in. This one was “Fireman’s Hall” in downtown Barlett, between the Village Hall and the Fire Department. It was ideal, because the ample space allowed the kids to run around freely. We were celebrating Olivia’s firth birthday and her friends enjoyed the great space. Thank you, Lisa.
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Samuel Zell

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I did this caricature from photos earlier in the fall. The photos were easy to find because Mr. Zell is rather famous: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sam_Zell.  As “a force of a nature,” he has many projects on his desk, among them a teaching position at Northwestern. One of his students wanted to give him a gift: a caricature of himself, looking energetic on his motorcycle. Definitely, a face a caricaturist can work with. I believe the caricature was presented along with a box of chocolates, a diplomatic combination, to be sure.
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