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The Ruth Lake Country Club in Hinsdale hosted a Ladies Invitational yesterday. Tee-off was at noon.  As the members and RuthLake2their guests came in between ten and noon, they socialized, snacked and, ta-tah, sat for a caricature.  They were a fun bunch, relaxed and to a tee, in good humor.  Such an ambiance makes for good caricatures.  The marker just flows.

When I had a foursome, I looked at everyone, decided on the sequence in which I would draw them and then everyone took turns sitting in front of me.  Goes very fast, about a minute for the face.  Then I tucked the line drawing away and finished the drawing with bodies and color later.  The ladies liked that. You know how athletes are, they don’t like to sit still very long.

After four hours on the links, they came back to the locker room to freshen up a bit (it was a hot and humid afternoon) and relax over hors d’oeuvres and chardonnays.  This was another opportunity to get your caricature drawn.

I thoroughly enjoyed this day.  What a congenial group they were! Lot’s of easy-going humor.

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The tongue? I didn’t have to make that up!

Thank you, Jan.

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It was Lauren’s fifth birthday and mom spared no expense:  scrumptious food, DJ, photographer, dancing performers,  pinkpinkpink, and that famous caricaturist, Whatsername, from Evanston.

We’re in Milwaukee, at the Nigerian Conference Center, way up on Appleton at Hampton.

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Most of the kids were in Lauren’s age group or a bit older.  One self-confident little girl after another sat down in front of me to be drawn.  What a pleasure to meet these poised, lovely children!  You can see from the drawings that I really liked their style and good humor.  (Notice the tongue!)

Thank you, Jadae.

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Bernard1

… and still looking twenty years younger.  The host’s youthfulness came up in Bernard2the conversations I overheard.  One woman said, when she started working in his office fifteen years ago, they asked her how old she thought Tom was.  She said, twenty-four?  He was forty-five.

It’s not just the prodigality of hair, which is probably the first thing you notice—not touched up, btw.  It’s also his big, oh-so-present eyes.  And then, the casual enthusiasm, so youthful.  Just one more thing: he makes surreal sculptures, some displayed on the mantle.  The man claims to be sixty.

I did Tom’s fiftieth birthday party at a posh Streeterville restaurant ten years ago. It was wonderful to be called back for the sixtieth.

Bernard3Lots of family, some old friends, some new friends.  Among the new friends is a history teacher who’s also a bit of a royalist.  He requested to be drawn as a Hapsburg.  By-gone glory is fun to draw.

In the gallery (below) notice the art-class references. Tom, a business man, met some of his long-time friends in art classes at the Art Institute. Among his friends are art teachers, models and actors.  Is it any wonder I felt so at home with this crowd?!

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About the art of caricature in general, one note about color:  My technique is now so fast, that working in color does not take that much longer than a line drawing.  A minute or two longer.  If you look at the above drawing of those three artists, notice how effective the red tongue is, or the very French red striped shirt on the art teacher wearing a French Beret. Not to mention nudity.   Many people understand  this intuitively, which may explain the fact that I’ve been asked to work so much in color lately.  Lucky me. Lucky guests.

Thanks, Tom and Rich, for a wonderful party with people who get what I do.  Even the relatives from Kankakee (!!!)  liked my work.

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Just that.  It’s the middle of summer and that’s a good enough reason to have a party and catch up with old friends.

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Thank you, Dan!

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The people who work at this Riverside Plaza computer company took the Metra in from the distant suburbs, like Grayslake.  And then to Lincoln LincolnPk2Park for the company picnic last Saturday.  Worth it!  We had a breezy mid-summer day and we did our partying just off Clark Street near Armitage.  As I was setting up I noticed a marker that said the lake came up to this point 8,000 years ago.  This started an interesting conversation with a couple of fifth graders about the beginning of time and space and, like, ahhh, like, the big bang?

I love drawing computer geeks and their kids.  They have no idea what I’m doing but they love the work, every time.

Thank you, Stephanie, for arranging such perfect weather in space/time.

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P.S.  I was so in tune with this crowd—apparently—that I caught this ten-year-old’s hammed up frown before his parents told me that he loves making this face.  After he saw the drawing his freckled face really got into the frowning act.  Very funny!

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dEARBORN1

From Prospect Heights I drove directly downtown, taking LaSalle Street to avoid the distaste of Taste of Chicago.  A movie was being shot with the Board of Trade as the backdrop, like The Untouchables except this was all about touching.  A bride was puckering up to kiss her kneeling new husband. Camera men circling around. Ah, I love this town! Traffic was barely slowed by this.  Then I noticed the bridesmaids near the columns of Northern Trust.  Ermmm, not a movie scene after all.  This was a real wedding.  I love this town!

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The party on South Dearborn was equally glamorous. My hostess, the mother of the groom,  flew in from Washington DC.  The mother of the bride flew in from Las Vegas.  The wedding will be in (where did they say?) I think, California or Hawaii.  Much of the family is from the Midwest.  So, natch, you gotta throw the bridal shower in Chicago.  That’s because you love this town!

Thank you, Lou Ann!———————————————

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Micky1

Time to celebrate.  A grandson graduated last month, a daughter was in town from Colorado, somebody has a birthday in a couple of weeks, it’s the middle summer, what more do you need…let’s get together and celebrate.  Celebrate what?  Celebrate this family!!

I was set up in a spacious backyard in Prospect Heights. You can tell from the drawings that the pace was leisurely and chatting with my subjects got, well, chatty and funny.  My hostess—the lady with the hat, above—was delighted that I drew her with a microphone.  We had been talking about her singing career and our favorite sopranos.

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How did she find me?  A few years ago I drew caricatures at a nursing home party where her mother was a resident.  The line, she reminded me, was long and people loved the drawings.  She kept my card. Voila!

Thank you, Micky!

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