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Samuel Zell

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I did this caricature from photos earlier in the fall. The photos were easy to find because Mr. Zell is rather famous: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sam_Zell.  As “a force of a nature,” he has many projects on his desk, among them a teaching position at Northwestern. One of his students wanted to give him a gift: a caricature of himself, looking energetic on his motorcycle. Definitely, a face a caricaturist can work with. I believe the caricature was presented along with a box of chocolates, a diplomatic combination, to be sure.
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DOG2The people at Tails of Hope in Highland Park rescue dogs from cruel owners and bad situations, rehabilitate them and then try to find good homes for them. Last Saturday, The Grand, a supermarket on Green Bay Road in Winnetka, hosted an Adopt-a-Palooza in their parking lot. I was set up under an umbrella and had the pleasure of drawing dogs with their “persons” in close harmony. The dogs, of course, ran the show. To depict the communication and closeness between person and dog, I drew the person imitating the dog’s posture of obedience. The tongue had to hang out. This is fun to draw! Many people didn’t come with their dog and asked me to work from a photo on their smartphone, which they proudly presented. This I can do and the work was well received and with much laughter. After all, true dog lovers think their dogs are funny.  Thank you, David!
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Angelina
You don’t plug it in, it doesn’t have an on-off switch, doesn’t make toast and it’s not good for warming things up in a hurry. But a caricature is more personal than any gadget you can give. It will delight at first sight and it will be framed in a family room or breakfast nook and will radiate good feelings and best wishes over the years.
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JillMary
An excellent gift for an expecting friend who just found out whether it’s a boy or a girl! It’s a surprise either way and makes the preparation for the big day so much more relaxed for everybody. Drawings like this are done from photos sent to me by email. The process works very well.
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BaumCompFireworks
He hunts and she shops. Both with style and vengeance. This drawing was a 50th anniversary gift from an admiring family friend. Good ideas make good drawings. I loved working on this project. Thank you, Karey.
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Wedding72
The man who commissioned the drawing of Béla Fleck’s family (previous post) liked that drawing so much that he decided this was a great gift idea. His son had gotten married that year and he thought, a caricature of the bride and groom would make an excellent Christmas present. And so it does! I got an email saying the newly weds loved it.Yeah!

https://katherinehilden.wordpress.com/2015/01/04/bela-fleck-and-abigail-washburn/
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BelaFleckColor72
Since they’re famous musicians with numerous performances on YouTube, this project was easy. Seeing people in motion, from different angles, makes my work easier and most enjoyable. An uncle of Ms Washburn’s commissioned this drawing as a Christmas present.
http://belafleck.com/
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/B%25C3%25A9la_Fleck
http://www.flecktones.com/
http://www.youtube.com/watch%3Fv%3Dq50xzhDO9lI
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