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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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Ramses has big biceps, a dimple–see the heart?–and a “MOM” tattoo.  Handsomest pharaoh ever.

13ForestVill3This was a party for the staff and their families.  The first theme was Hawaiian—Hawaiian music, dancers, lessons in gyrating your hips and exotic recipes at the buffet tables. The second theme was “back-to-school:”  the kids got goodie bags full of school supplies.  Isn’t that great?!  I was set up in a gazebo in the garden.  The whole thing was idyllic.  Loved working at this event!  I drew sixteen people in two hours, in full color.  Thank you, Krystal!————-

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A married couple, both Chicago Police Officers, worked together and—ta-tah—got to retire at the same time.  My drawing of them, I was told, would be presented at a big party at the station.  I like that!  One of the things, I’m sure that people will comment on is the fact that her hair is long and blowing in the wind instead of being pinned up, according to Police Department regulations.  Thank you again, Dan!

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TopcoMaureenKenOpera

It’s a tradition at Topco:  when you retire you get a caricature by that famous artist Whathername.  I love doing these projects. It’s not just getting the likeness, but then drawing in just enough of the hobby or interest to add character without detracting from the person or cluttering up the image.   In this case, I dealt with a music lover.  Needless to say, I’m partial to people with a passion for the arts.  I really enjoyed drawing Ken as an opera lover, a collector of guitars and a world traveler.  Thanks again, Maureen!

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TopcoMaureenFrank78

I just noticed something about this drawing, which was done a few weeks ago.  The line that indicates the mountains around Las Vegas can be interpreted as a “stress graph.”  You can see it to the right of the retiring executive and above the swimming pool.  It’s a mountain and it’s also a graph line. The line goes up, peaks, and then—with retirement—descends.  That’s it, Frank, no more stress, no more tension, it’s all sixes from now on.  Congratulations!

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That would be canine.  K9 is apparently the dog training unit in the police force. I don’t know what any of the other professional jargon means, like “blank.”  So here we have this attentive lab, Quendy,  with a rolled up towel in her mouth.  Doesn’t she look eager and trustworthy!  The trainer, who is retiring, also looks pretty solid, doesn’t she.  Thanks again, Dan and Cindy.

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