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Forget Paris. Forget Rome. The Côte d’Azur? Santorini?  Don’t make me yawn.  For a real party, take me to Cincinnati.

The View at Mt. Adams is the place to see and be seen.

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It’s on Celestial Street. Indeed!

We were celebrating the retirement of a top executive of an international firm.

The design of the restaurant itself is formal.

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But for this party the sartorial message was upscale casual. Why not?  Since upscale is your element anyway, come as you are: elegant and relaxed.

I enjoyed drawing these people. Can you tell,  they enjoyed it, too?

The party went from 7 to 11.  The hilarity around me made me reach for magenta a lot.  The executives got plaid golf shorts, bellybuttons galore.  Then as the evening wore on  more flesh got exposed.  In the drawings only!!!! Please, blame the markers.

More on this party and drawing techniques in the next post.

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You’re working at a software designing company in West Lafayette that’s going to celebrate its 15th birthday.  Not a big company, not big enough to have a human resource department.  But one of the bosses picks you to plan this party.  There must be something about you that makes him confident that you’ll come up with a good idea.

And you do.  The office building you’re in has an atrium lobby.  Hello!  It’s a space that’s begging for strings of lights.  What about a French Quarter street in New Orleans?!  The strings of lights will bring the ceiling down to a more intimate level.  Put in some plants to create narrow passages.  Order spicy Cajun food, find a band to play Zydeco,  hire a juggler with a black and white striped shirt  and, if you’re lucky, a caricaturist who speaks some French.  You’re so lucky!

I wore my velour French beret and rolled my R’s,  spoke French the whole evening and fooled most of the people most of the time until.  Errr, until someone sat in front of me who had spent junior year abroad –in France.   My rolled R’s met their match in her superior vocabulary.  Loved it!

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See this?  This is what it’s all about.  People lose it.  Howling laughter and people literally rolling off their chairs.

Thank you, Erin!

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It’s so nice to be called back.  I had a “repeat engagement” (love that term) at Kappys American Grill in Morton Grove, near Chicago.  Kappys is a family restaurant owned and operated by a wonderful family, who take care of their guests and their staff.  In the four years since I drew everybody working there the turnover has been very small.  A good sign, as we all know.  This time, just last month, I drew a small group made up of family, guests and restaurant staff.  Here they are, ta-tah!

Thank you again, Manolis and George!

See my Kappys drawings from 2015:

https://katherinehilden.wordpress.com/2016/05/24/kappys-on-dempster-in-morton-grove/

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You’ll find the Roan Farm in the periphery of Shelbyville, Indiana.  Be not deceived by the folksy town name: Shelbyville has an airport. But to get there, I drove and drove through tranquil fields.

The party was held in a pole barn expressly built as an event venue.  High ceiling, natural lumber, good lighting and clean, clean clean. Wonderful space! All sorts of parties are held here, including weddings.

Thank you, Whitney!

ROAN FARM,  5827 N 575 E, Shelbyville, IN 46176.    Phone: (317) 512-5861

 

 

 

 

 

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The Methodist Hospitals in Merrillville throws a Mardi Gras bash for their staff. It’s about dressing up and at the same time being super relaxed.  Love it. You get a sense of the hilarity from these pictures. Thank you, Rafael!

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Speaking of Christmas Parties.  Adding the red Santa Hat takes only a few seconds, but look how festive it makes the black/white drawing.  Hey, Human Resource People!  It’s September and not too early to book that holiday party in December.

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This was a Holiday Party for a small company.  The party planner had a limited budget and wanted drawings in black/white because they go faster.  I love working in b/w! Drawing fast is exhilarating and very satisfying for both the client and the artist.  I drew all twenty-two people in two hours.

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