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We were celebrating the town of Hagerstown.  No anniversary, no particular heroic deed, just the resourceful, enduring folks of Hagerstown.  Love it!

I drew seventeen people in probably an hour.  I say “probably” because for a while there were drops and we made adjustments under our tents and umbrellas, reminding ourselves that real rain was scheduled for much later.  Errr, not so.  The clouds moved in forthwith and everybody had to close shop.

Still, I value the drawing opportunity and I enjoyed the people watching.

Thank you Robin!

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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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Here’s what you need for a successful party: balloons, food and that famous caricaturist Whatsername.  We were partying in the Hillview Government Center in Louisville to celebrate Jim’s 75th birthday.  One of his daughters flew in from Colorado to organize this generous bash.  And generous it was! Sumptuous! Though I don’t eat when I work, I could tell that everybody loved the food.  You can eat while I draw.  It only takes about a minute of your attention for me to get the gist of your face and then I go to work for a few more minutes. Doesn’t take long. Not even color takes long, about 5 minutes per person, and color is so much fun.  This was a great party.  Everybody got into it, everybody loved the drawings.  So rewarding for everybody –and for me!  Thank you, Michelle!

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All that was all fun, but what happened on the paper when I had these two brothers across the table from me was, well, beyond my control:

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It’s time I outlined for everybody what’s involved if you want a caricature from a photo.

1) The process starts with you emailing me photos of the face(s).

2) I make two pencil sketches of the face(s) and email those to you to choose from. You can ask for a change. Once you approve the face(s) half of the total cost is due.  Here’s what the first stage for the above group drawing looked like:

3) You describe the activity or occasion to be celebrated.

4) I cut and pasted the heads and make the pencil sketch of the bodies.

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5) After you approve every detail in the sketch and specify the colors of hair, eyes and clothing, the balance is due.

6) I trace the pencil sketch exactly on the final paper and add color.

7) I mail you the drawing in a tube.

8) You tell everybody how brilliant you are for having found me.

The process can take as little as one week.

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Now we’re in Edinburgh. Indiana, that is.

Edinburgh, Indiana has been going all out lately to crank up its cultural rating in the area.  So naturally, there will be festivals of all sorts, including a September Fall Festival in the center of town, right next to the library.

Since moving to the Indianapolis area a year ago, I’ve enjoyed many surprises in Indiana. Edinburgh’s Fall Festival has to rank way at the top.  I have done many carnivals in my caricaturing career and seen many rides and carousels, but I have never seen rides like these.  Next time I’ll come early, just to get a turn sitting in TEACUPS  that go round and round.

Never a dull anything here. Mind you, I don’t have a flashy display to draw in customers. No display at all, in fact.  I just count on my drawings being spotted and that’s enough to pull in the crown.  As you can see, the ten-to-twelve year olds spontaneously took over as my agent, bringing me more and more friends to draw.

I was set up under a red tent, which my fans adjusted regularly to provide shade as the sun was setting.

Ah, Edinburgh, Indiana!

Thank you, SaraBeth!

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The Admiral is a posh retirement home on Lake Shore Drive in Chicago. I was invited back to liven things up at their September luncheon.  People were tentative at first—this happens sometimes—but after a while there was a line and the conversation over the drawings got pretty lively.  A big factor at parties is food, which has to be enjoyed first before you join the crowd around the caricaturist for extra pleasures like laughing over your caricature and commenting on your friends’. When you’re planning an event, remember: laughter is therapy.

Thank you, Jennifer!

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Posting is time-consuming, but I love reviewing my drawings.  These wholesome, fresh faces, for example, and their grateful reactions.  Thank you, Marta!

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…and I love meeting fellow artists:

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