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KitchenAid
This drawing was commissioned by a KitchenAid office in Wisconsin as a gift to a colleague whose specialty was demonstrating the use of these machines in television programs. She was retiring after many years and hundreds of television programs. The juggling motif comes in handy in a case like this. It allows me to show that this person is energetic and enthusiastic even though in her tv demos she was standing behind a counter and the KitchenAid machines were also just standing there. Bo-o-o-ring, not allowed.
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SleeveRip
Chicago Police Officer retires. He loves his job, loves Chicago, loves his Harley. He is shown ripping off the sleeve with the CPD star to reveal a tattoo on his bicep: #1 Tact Guy. Now, I don’t know what that refers to. Is “tact” short for “tactical,” or was he the most tactful guy on the force? Or is tact a tactile part of the Harley engine? No matter, this was fun to draw. Anytime you come up with an activity to put into the drawing, the work will be stronger than, say, having someone sit at a desk with a lot of awards around him/her. Oh, please, give me a ripping idea and I’ll tactically ride with it.
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AbelK9It’s a privilege to be the artist of choice for this unit of the Chicago Police. This is the K9 and you know what that means, don’t you. It stands for canine, so clever, rah-rah. So, these are the officers who work with highly trained dogs. I do love drawing the faces, but I have to confess, the dogs are more fun to draw. That’s obvious. The cop is angular and official looking and the puppy gets to carry the humor part in the drawing, cross eyed and tongue hanging out. Thanks again, Cindi.
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14CopLastRollCallHe was retiring (yes, indeed) and very formal in his demeanor.  He had the habit of addressing his crew from a lectern.  I asked if I could at least have him standing at the side of the lectern so that the drawing would have some character.  Granted.  I’m sure the recipient liked the drawing as a retirement gift, but geez, this project didn’t utilize my talent for wildening things up a bit.  To wilden up, v.t. — look it up in your Funk and Wagnelis.  Thank you, again, Dan!

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13VictoryMelrosePk1bAt a retirement home it can take a while for the party to get into full swing.  At the Christmas party last Friday  at the Victory Center in Melrose Park things got lively very quickly, though.  At first the DJ played Christmas carols and folks softly sang along.  But he also came with a Karaoke machine and that got plugged in very soon.  Some staff members obviously had musical and theatrical backgrounds because the singing was 13VictoryMelrosePk1quite good.  So, it was the Karaoke singing and me, the caricaturist, by the Christmas tree—a wonderful  atmosphere.  When I draw at retirement and extended care homes, I feel justified in considering my work therapeutic. Can’t measure it, don’t have any statistics, but I can see the happy effect.

Among the people I drew was  the retired TV clown, called T-Bone, who gave me a five dollar banknote with his picture and name on it: Don Theobald.  I drew kids and grandkids and a couple who met at this retirement home and became lovers there.  All in all, an inspiring evening, I would say.  Thank you,        Jeanette and Barbara!

For T-Bone the clown, http://www.pathwaysl.com/blog/t-bone-clown%E2%80%99s-magic-retirement

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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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13CookCountySheriffNot Wyatt Earp and not Dodge City.  Not from NYPD, not from LAPD, not from The Wire, not from Men in Black.  But he was a sheriff, he was retiring and he loved golf.  That’s all I was told.  Oh, and his territory was somewhere around Skokie.  Well, that’s enough to work with.  So here he is, in command of the situation…all except the golf ball, which is getting outahere The shirt is the official one from the job, the knee-pants (knickers?) are purple and green.  The belt, instead of bullets, has golf tees.   Don’t know his name, he was Da Sheriff.  Best to you, Sheriff.  Thank you, Mark.

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