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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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Just labels, you say?  Oh, no. Labels are a huge industry.  Who knew.

I worked for an international Swedish company at the Rosemont convention center last week. The whole place was swarming with experts on printing machines, color nuances, adhesives and whatnot related to big and small labels.  I drew dozens of people from dozens of countries, but only took a few pictures of my work.  Because it was a business atmosphere, you understand.

Notice that the lower left corner holds a sticker—a label, ta-tah–identifying my client, because that’s the real message we’re trying to get across here.  Notice, also, that I drew right over the label, not much but just enough to make sure it stays on there when people frame the drawing for their office. BTW, labels are much more economical  than pre-printing the paper and they can hold a lot of information–and in color.

People liked the drawings so much that they occasionally showed me photos of kids or girlfriends on their phones.  Sure, I can do that, too.  In that case, I drew on paper that I hadn’t stuck the sticker on.  Everybody went home happy.

Thank you, Cornelia!

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Nadja copy

This is the wedding present for the couple that already has everything.  When your friends are famous for having everything, the only thing left for you to do is to give them something funny because a little humorous gift tells them that you think they are perfect and complete. Voila!  A caricature by that famous Whatsername.

All bellybuttons and toes, ha!

I enjoyed drawing this pretzel   Try this at home!

Thank you, Nadia, for finding the perfect artist for this project.

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PacoFinalColor
This commission came from a friend of two painter-brothers who were commemorating the death of their mother when they were just four years old.
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CarolHaas
Let’s say you think your dentist is a terrific guy and you happen to know that he loves his dogs, one of whom is deceased. Broke his heart, when that dog died. Broke the family’s heart, too. Never mind, it’s too deep to get into here. Suffice it to say, you thought the dentist and his family would love to see the dogs riding the dentist’s motorcycle, which is also a prized possession. This was fun, as you can see. It was a Christmas card, you know. Thanks again, Carol.
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SkiersDrawingThis drawing was commissioned here in the US as a Christmas gift for relatives who live in Austria.   The photos I worked from showed them standing in line, of course, and not piled up like that.  But, hey, for a caricature, you have to “pile things up.”  What fun!  I thoroughly enjoyed putting this together. And you know, this family in Austria enjoyed getting this gift and mom framed it right away. (I tried to imagine what it takes for a family of five to get all their gear together for a ski trip.  Ha!)

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DePaudrawing
Earlier this month, an executive at DePaul University got this caricature from a colleague at his retirement. Says it all, doesn’t it! I love simplifying a drawing  so that the feeling comes through, without cluttering it up. Notice, even the Blackhawk on the shirt is smiling.
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