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All satin and rhinestones.  The guys played along by wearing matching vests or ties.  What a great event!  For school, it’s the frayed jeans and now this!  Wow!

I drew fifty-two people in four hours, all full body, of course.  That’s a pretty clipping rate, considering that there was time out for moving the set-up from the cocktail lounge (ha, soft drinks only) to the grand ball room and later,  time out for speeches.

There must have been some sore feet by the end of the evening, what with those ridiculous platform sandals. But clearly everybody had a blast.  Look at these radiant faces!

Here’s a small selection. It’s hard to choose.

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At Michael’s party (see previous post) the grandparents recognized my name.  They saw it every day on the wall in their house.   I had drawn them back in 1995 at a posh private party in a condo at the top of the Four Seasons  tower.  They told me that they enlarged the drawing to double its size and framed it.  It must be about 30” high, judging from the photo they emailed me recently, which shows the 2012 drawing (14” high) next to the framed drawing from 1995.  They love it!

(For my part, I remember the fabulous art collection in that condo.  I was set up near a huge Ed Paschke, horizontal format, showing two masked faces, with green as the dominant color. How could I forget.)

This is most rewarding for me.  Sure, keep inviting me to draw at your parties, keep throwing money at me, thank you very much.  But this!  You enlarge my work and frame it beautifully and love it every day—this truly means a lot to me.  Here’s me taking a bow:  Thankyouthankyouthankyou!

 

(The paper is always a bright white.  The yellow or gray tone in these photos is due to the lighting in the room and the fact that I’m too casual about camera settings.  No time for that.)

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When the Human Resources people at Intellegrated were planning the company picnic during the summer and they wanted a caricaturist, one of the engineers  mentioned me because I had drawn him and his wife, oh, years ago.  When would that have been, gotta check the date on the drawing, by the signature.  Oh, here it is…1989!  That was the year I jumped in, both feet, both hands, into the business of calling myself a professional caricaturist.  I was, hmmm, pretty good, but I worked with a limited repertoire of poses, let’s say.   I had drawn them separately, faces and shoulders only, avoiding the challenge of the whole body pose.  But, hey, it was good work, good enough to be framed and it had been hanging in their home for twenty-three years.

So here they were again and I was thrilled to draw them again and this time with all the flair that comes from experience, after having drawn thousands of people over the years.  Both of them were clearly tickled to share this moment with me.

Thanks to all the people at Intelligrated who celebrated that bright October day with me this year!

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Dorothy will be celebrating her 92nd birthday in August.  When she was in her 30’s and 40’s, she was a buyer for high end women’s clothing at Marchall Field’s on State Street in Chicago..

She still holds strong opinions about the course of fashion history, trashing most of the fashion developments from the hippies on through the recent “nighties” look–her term .  She likes a clean, well tailored line.  She believes in elegance and understatement.  But she loves the boots that have come into fashion lately, the elegant understated ones, of course.   I suggested we show her in the Jacques Fath “day dress” from 1951, which I know from the Chic Chicago exhibit at the Chicago History Museum. (I drew visitors at the Chicago History Museum during that exhibit.  See posts under “Chic Chicago” in this blog.) The Chic Chicago Fath dress was blue, but beige was the epitome of elegance for Dorothy during her working life. This drawing is inspired by photos of her when she was 38 or so.   Oh, and smoking added to the elegance back then.  Hmmmmm.   Happy Birthday, Dorothy!  Thank you, George and Mike.

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The Crown Family Picnic is an annual event and I’ve been drawing caricatures there for the past seven years.  There are always six caricaturists with each artist developing a “following,” meaning a group of fans who come back year after year to be drawn.  People collect the drawings and, I’m told, frame them at home in a rec room or family room.  I have my own following.  I greet everyone by name and remember how I’ve drawn them in the past so that I can come up with something new this year.  My photo record is spotty –must be more thorough next year—so that I don’t have everyone to show off here.  But one of my all-time favorites is a couple I see every year there and with whom I exchange news about how life has been treating us. Here is how I’ve drawn this darling couple for the past five years.  I present to you, two people who inspire me,  Carla and Peter!

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It was a late evening wedding reception.  When the dancing started at nine, it felt very much like a late evening party, very rock ‘n’ roll.  Weddings have become more and more informal, not in dress, food, and flowers, but in entertainment.  Having a caricaturist there seems normal.  Well, it certainly seems normal to me. And in any case, I always adapt my style to the occasion  I drew the immediate family, twenty-four people in all, in full color. The bride and groom were kind enough to take time out of their socializing to sit for me.  Congratulations Agata and Jeff, much happiness to you both!  And thank you, Susan and Greg.

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