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It was a comfortable afternoon with gracious people all around. I drew 20 of these lovely  people in two hours.

Thank you, Lesa.

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Schaumburg is a western suburb of Chicago where only beautiful people are allowed to live and this restaurant made beautiful people look positively regal.  Loved it!

Thank you, Violetta.

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That was last December, actually, but I’m only just now catching up on my posts.  What a great party!  IUPUI Chemistry professors and their families huddled together at the cozy Hollyhock Hill restaurant on College Ave near 82nd.  Other chemists there worked in industry—like beer production.  You can see one of those walking along with a dripping beer glass. Here’s to Sun King Brewery!

I drew thirty-six of these peppy people in three hours.

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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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This was a community center with after-school drop-in programs in north-west Chicago.  The party was for the  social workers and teachers who ran the various programs. Facing unfathomable social complexities, they have to think deeply.  They deserve a break.  I always enjoy making deep thinkers laugh. Some family members were also there to help celebrate.

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A minute ago I sang the praises of a tent.  Now I’m escalating the whole thing to gotta-have-a-pool, f’r-heavensake. Just kidding.  It’s just that these people got along very well and the pool added extra splash.  I didn’t take notes on what drinks were served. That may have been an influence, too.

There was no posturing, no competition.  Loved it.  Pure relaxation. Pure fun.

Thank  you, Harold.—————————————-

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…beautiful and smart. The guys were –surprise!—engineers. They had dramatic eyebrows, just for me, obviously.  The women were—surprise!—more beautiful than anybody needs to be.  And they were into color. One sari was hand painted by the wearer. She and I talked shop. The kids were, yes, you know, just beautiful.  A great way to spend an afternoon. That’s my job!

Thank you, Neelam.————————————————-

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