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This was a bat-mitzvah at Hackney’s in Glencoe.  I drew thirty-five teenagers in three hours.  That’s a clipping pace, which was made possible by the mom’s excellent organization of the event and her decision to go with black-and-white drawings. When the host’s emphasis is on getting the most people drawn, b/w is the logical choice.  Notice, also, that the bodies are not in activities, which also take extra time to draw.  But what I did get into the drawing is attitude, don’t you agree.  Attitude is so important in a caricature!  Especially with kids, where I really don’t do sarcasm.  That would be psychologically risky for young people, I think, and I’m not there to poke them into self-doubt.  (Save that for adults, hmmm.)

Thank you, Keri!

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At this bat-mitzvah family and close friends gathered in a very casual atmosphere at Milt’s BBQ for the Perplexed. Nobody quoted Maimonides, though that would have been interesting. The food looked yummy, the BBQperplexed2music was wonderful and my job as the caricaturist was thoroughly enjoyable. I drew eighteen people in two hours, some in color and some in black/white. Thank you, Linnea.
The fabulous guitarist was Nick Mizock. He played Albeniz, Torrega and Bach, and sang the better popular songs from the past five decades. What a musician!   http://nickmizock.com/
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14FuddruckersAAt Fuddruckers in Highland Park you come as you are,  your sweats, your shirt hanging out, your hoodie. Not to worry, the table linen consists of paper towels on dowels. So, this was a very informal celebration of  Ayal’s 13th birthday and simultaneously his bar-mitzvah. I didn’t get a photo of my drawing of him, just got swept up in the excitement. The boys really did get totally involved. But enough, let me quote one of the uncles I drew after I had drawn all 14 boys:
“I was actually in a state of amazement over you sitting in a rolling sea of sweet and boisterous adolescent boys and as you worked, you appeared so very comfortable with them — laughing, taking in all that they were loudly proposing — laughing and responding as if you were truly enjoying them as much as they were enjoying you — because you were!! Honestly, it was so great to see. .. you are wonderful!”  Thank you, Uncle Bill.
Thank you, Rhonda.
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The top floor at the Double Tree Hotel in Skokie is a very comfortable space for a large family event and the view is always great, even on a foggy afternoon, like this one.  I always enjoy bar-and-bat-mitzvahs because the kids are so varied, from very dressed up to shirts out and barefoot, from demure to mischievous.

I particularly enjoy the event when I’m asked to work in color.  Working in color takes only a little longer than working solely with black marker and the kids enjoy the result so much more.  That’s my impression, anyway.  A black/white drawing is more elegant, granted, but a color image is vibrant.  If you look closely at these drawings in color you’ll see that the black lines are sparse and that much of the impact of the image comes from color.  If I had not used color, I would have had to add many more black lines to make the drawing clear and intelligible.  So, you see, it’s a wash, color only takes a minute or two longer than black/white and it’s worth it.  I’m all for the elegance of b/w, but color…wow!

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The atmosphere at Scoozi reminds me of the Left Bank, by design, no doubt.  The jazz was great, the kids sophisticated and hilarious.  The drawings flowed, but don’t take my word for it…

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As I was drawing the bat-mitzvah, I asked her what the topic of her speech in the synagogue had been.  She said, it was that you should do good without expecting to be rewarded.

You see, I go to my job to make people laugh and that’s fine.  And in return, I get so much more than a pay check.  I get inspired.  A twelve year old girl who had her long blond hair curled in the 19th century manner for this occasion and asked for a caricaturist and dress up stuff to be photographed in with her friends , well, this girl was wise and inspiring.  Thank you, Julia.

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If the bar-mitzvah boy is an enthusiastic photographer and accomplished caricaturist, then holding the celebration at the Art Center of Highland Park certainly is the right thing to do.  The party was held in the galleries themselves, with art work all around us.  The most elegant and cultivated setting you can imagine!  For me, an absolute pleasure. ( I have had some of my paintings shown in these galleries. In addition to working as a caricaturist I’m also an abstract painter and teacher;  see http://artamaze.wordpress.com)  The slide show featured some of Jacob’s work.  I found his caricatures most interesting and quite advanced, even sophisticated.  Congratulations, Jacob!  Thank  you, Nancy.

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