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PascalBI drew twenty-six dental hygienists at the Hyatt. (A funny sentence. Say it fast.) It was their convention and the tables were full of pokey, sharp tools. It must have been a relief for these women (almost all were women) to find Pascal Dental, for whom I worked that afternoon, to sit down for 5 minutes for a caricature by– ta-tah!—that famous Chicago caricaturist and have a good therapeutic, stress-relieving belly laugh. I tend to think that a sense of humor is a sign of superior intelligence (an occupational bias of mine) and so I came away with

PascalAthe feeling that these dental hygienists all have more brain power than is required for picking the right scraping tool after they say, “open wide.”
I love their reactions and that’s what you see here. You can tell from the drawings that I had as much fun as they did during those two hours. Thank you, Steve and Juliana. 

And what about this trio? What could be the dynamic in that office?  They thought this was a riot!————-

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The Ki Company hired me to draw visitors to the Furniture Expo at the Merchandise Mart. They were featuring their “My Way” chair, which allows for many different ways of sitting. Some people did lounge extravagantly in this chair, but most people (and they were mostly women) just seemed glad to be able to sit down. I invented the toes pointing in the air, the Martini glass, and of course the cigarette. It was a nine hour day, with me taking two short breaks. The design atmosphere was visually stimulating and the parade of design oriented people made me feel I was among colleagues. A wonderful day! Thank you, Aiden. I’ll post about half of what I drew that day.—————————————-

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14CantataARosewood is a suburb of Chicago, probably known for some excellent restaurants (it’s close to O’Hare) but for my line of work, it’s all about the convention center. This trade show, at the end of April, brought together the kind people who own, run, and work in nursing, extended care and retirement homes. It seems to be a complicated business.
A company named Cantata orchestrated me into their booth to draw the conventioneers who stuff flyers and trinkets into their logo-encrusted bags. People love to sit down to be drawn. For one thing, they love to sit down! It only takes three or four minutes. Not only do you get to rest your feet, you get to have a good laugh. How therapeutic it that! Then they get to slip this personal drawing into one of their bags. Actually, first they walk around with it and since it’s in a clear plastic sleeve, everybody can see it. The drawing acts like advertising for the company that sponsored it, in this case Cantata. It’s the best thing you can do for your booth at a trade show.
Another good thing you can do: Cantata had pre-printed their logo on the paper. The drawing will get framed and will be displayed in somebody’s office. And there you are, everybody will see your name and you will be remembered. Cantata, Cantata, Cantata! Isn’t that how you’re supposed to think when you’re running a business!?
Thank you, Amy and Bill! (I drew thirty-three people in three hours.)
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14HallmarkAThat’s not a typo. It really is Wine Down. Of course, when you say it, it sounds like Wind Down, which is the whole clever idea. This was a little social hour at the Hallmark on Sheridan, a Senior Living Community. The staff threw a party for their 14HallmarkBvendors, which included therapists of all sorts. It was late afternoon and the drink of choice was—you guessed it—wine. Wine of all sorts and in abundance! Plus a few nibbly things on trays and—tatah!—that famous caricaturist Whatshername. It really was perfect to have me there. I dress for the occasion, don’t take up much room, don’t make any noise (but people do laugh uproariously when the see the drawing) and my drawings facilitate the mingling process. That’s what it’s all about. Thank you, Scott!
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13FreedomCtr1The Freedom Center in Schaumburg is a spacious retirement home with waterfalls, lagoons, a large auditorium and exceptionally imaginative event planners.  They came up with the idea of holding a commemoration of the 1893 World’s Fair.  Being an architecture buff myself, I lit up when I heard about this theme. I arrived early and before settling down to draw, I had a lively conversation with the two amateur historians who gave the presentation/slide show in the auditorium about the world’s fair.  Thank you, Rosemary!

(One of these days I’ll have to finish Erik Larson’s  “The Devil in the White City,” which was a major topic of conversation among these interesting people at the Freedom Center.)———————————————-

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13MeridianBanqu6These were finance people and percentage talk was all around me at this trade meeting at the Meridian Banquet Center in Rolling Meadows.  I drew thirteen people in one hour with great flair, I must say so myself, and managed to document some of the drawings.  It was a good drawing day but my camera work was definitely lacking.  I occasionally have a bad camera day the way some people have bad hair days.

Thank you, Lillian!———————————————-

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It was pouring.  I was set up under one of the ten white tents.  Every twenty minutes or so someone came by 13Bikes1with a broom stick to poke the tent roofs so that the accumulated water could release to the ground.  Good grief! Saturday had been a fine sunny mid-September day and Monday was going to be glorious again, but the Sunday in between, yukk, buckets of rain all day.  It was particularly painful, since this was all about biking.  Not only that, it was about raising money for custom built bikes for disabled kids—as gifts to them.  By 10:30 a.m. when I was setting up under the soggy tent, a set of bikers was 13BikesAalready coming back from their benefit ride. I could see umbrellas and hoodies, but some people just walked around soaked.  Predictably, attendance at this event was low, though it was a carefully planned benefit.  I suggested to the organizer, that it would be best if I worked in color.  Color takes a little longer, but there wasn’t going 13BikesBto be a line anyway.  And color would possibly cheer things up a bit.  I ended up drawing only eight people in two hours.  There just weren’t many people around and those who did come seemed more concerned about grabbing something hot to drink.  Good work, Tamara! Try again next year, don’t give up.————————

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