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The Innsbruck Inn in Merrillville, Indiana has to count as an ideal venue for a large corporate party. MerrillvilleRIt’s a long space, a chain of rooms each with dining and each with a different atmosphere. On one end, there’s dancing and loud music, in the middle there’s the bar, and in the last room it’s quiet. I was set up by the Christmas tree in the quiet room. Perfect! I could relate to people and that’s an essential ingredient in good caricature work. I absolutely loved this gig! I would hold it up as a template of thoughtful, sensitive party planning. Thank you, Rhonda!

I drew forty people in under four hours. Anyone can see, that they enjoyed my work as much as I did.
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14LangBaIt was most gratifying to be called back, this time to draw the guests at Dior’s first birthday party. I had been the caricaturist of choice at the baby shower last February (see https://katherinehilden.wordpress.com/2013/02/20/baby-shower-in-bronzeville/) and here she 14LangBbwas, ta-tah, such a lovely baby.
The birthday party was held in the gym early in March at the Y on Stoney Island at 63rd. Balloons everywhere, including large silver ones to spell out D-I-O-R!
Just a note about face painting. As you can see in these photos, sometimes face-painting can cover so much of the face that it functions like a mask. The child will be recognized by friends and family, but not by a newcomer, like me. I can save the day, however, by drawing the profile, which was what I did for many kids. It works. But party planners may want to set things up in such a way that those who want both a caricature and a face-painting, would have the caricature done first. That way there are more options. Still, the profile strategy works fine.
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The theme at this corporate golf outing was “what you did in college.”  The paper I drew on was pre-printed to look like a ruled notebook page, with the lines 13Esrock8bbecoming lighter in the center where the face would be.  Somebody in Human Resources was very clever!  On the corner at the bottom there was the company name and then “School Colors.”  The drawing was supposed to look like a doodle with bright colors added here and there.  How could this not be fun!!

The idea was for the person to tell me about their college activities so that I could incorporate that in the drawing. The men came in neat pants and golf shirts (tucked in with belt), and gave me one bit of information to work with.  The women, predictably,got more into the theatrics.  Many came in cheerleader costumes and gory make up and entertained me with enthusiastic, expansive chat.  No surprise there.  Why the costumes got gory and Halloween-y, I never found out.  Must me a company in joke.

When I work with a good idea and I’m given free reign, the pen just flows.  What a great afternoon! Thank you, Jackie!

As is often the case with corporate events, there were speeches and during that time everybody paid attention and I didn’t have anyone to draw. But still, I got 22 of them in 3 hours.  Here are a few.—————

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Not only could everybody be a judge, but everybody could be an artist.

Here’s a brilliant idea for all you Human Resource people.  The employees are encouraged to bring in their own art work.  It will be displayed in, let’s say, a conference/lecture room.  Then one late afternoon you throw a little refreshments-and-nibbles party in that large room and everybody comes in to vote on the art work.  Gets people talking and mingling, and isn’t that part of the HR job description!

And, of course, you bring in that famous caricaturist, whatshername, to draw everybody.  So, that’s what I did in this wonderful art-loving atmosphere. This was an international consulting firm in the Loop just across from the Thompson Center.  Class act, Rohan!  Thank you.

Here are a few of the exhibitors and judges. Sorry about the glare. My drawing paper has a gloss finish (like a magazine cover) and I don’t want to spend time fiddling with the camera angle when I’m taking these photos.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Notice, it was mostly women. If the activity had been centered on sports rather than art, would it have been mostly men?  You think so!?  The next drawing shows a tiny woman with very long hair.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Totally losing it, absolute hilarity.

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What a great place for a birthday party!  You’re turning eleven and you invite your girlfriends to, ta-tah, “Girlfriends.”  Girlfriends—a professional nail and girlie boutique (even their web site is fun)–is on Tower Road just off Green Bay in Winnetka.  It’s classy and the choices of colors and techniques are amazing.  I drew all twenty girls in an hour and a half, working with Utrecht markers on foam core, 20 x 32. Cake and refreshments were on a long table in the middle of all this fun, glamor and style.  Hey, they’ve done this before at Girlfriends!   At the end, the colorfully manicured girls pulled out their phones to get a shot of the finished drawing.  Happy birthday, Claudia!

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As you’re getting all the ingredients for your party together, after you’ve made arrangements for the food and the flowers, put two more things on your list of what you have to get: 1) a spectacular view of the lake and 2) a cellist.  Are you writing this down?  Good, because, take it from me—3) that caricature artist—I go to parties for a living.  And this little bash at The Hallmark yesterday afternoon was nothing less than inspiring. The view of the lake with sailboats, the runners, the golf course, and the clear blue sky from the 37th floor on Lake Shore Drive (LSD) near Belmont was exhilarating.  But on top of that, the music.  One good cellist is all you need to set the tone, so to speak.   For rich sounds, sophisticated and witty, rooted in Bach, Gershwin and Eddie Gomez, I will henceforth recommend Tom Culver, whose sensitive, energetic playing received much admiring comment. People, were frankly amazed at the fabulous sounds he got out of one instrument and, of course, his trusty acoustic device. He should be famous.

When the music is good, the drawing goes better.  And when the business that brings everybody together for a networking event has to do with social work, with caring for people, with nursing, with decorating apartments for them, with creating graceful living conditions, all that, then the event will inevitably be joyful.  I noticed a long time ago in my professional party going, that the cultivation of compassion goes hand in hand with a robust sense of humor.  The laughter is heartfelt and heads are thrown back when they see the drawing of themselves.  I’ll have to take a stand on this:  caregivers like nurses, social workers and therapists have the best laugh of any group I’ve drawn.  (See post for 8.22.10, “Laughter Therapy”) Nobody has figured out how laughter works, physically or psychologically, but we all know it’s essential to life.

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Last night I spent three hours at the Hard Rock Café, under a photo of Elvis.  Across the room was a framed jacket from Ray Charles’s elegant wardrobe.  The food looked smart, but I only had time to sneak some chocolate fudge squares from the desert table before the drawing started and then there was no stopping.  This was a party for party planners.  It was networking for networking professionals.  It was fun for people who organize fun.  And here comes the plug:  the caricaturist they chose for themselves was…me.   Ta-tah!  Thank you, thank you!  I drew them funny and they in turn will have me at their next party.    There’s a funny sort of logic in that. Works for me.   Seriously, it was a blast.  The photos don’t do justice to the energy in that room.  (“Energy” is definitely a party planners’ word.)

Lovely people.  They’re concerned with  ambiance, feeling, style,  the memorable moment; but at the same time tradition, decorum, appropriateness;  and on top of all that… details, details, details.  Pretty complicated job.  The whole ball o’ wax, without any dripping, please.

BTW,   has anyone made a camera that can read a big white rectangle surrounded by a spot of beaming flesh and lots of nightlife darkness?  Oh, tell me, somebody, what would that be?

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