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Riverside is a posh suburb of Chicago with gems, by renowned architects like Frank Lloyd Wright, plopped down on spacious, well-groomed gardens.  This was a small gathering of family and friends to celebrate the 8th grade graduation of a boy who was constantly overcoming obstacles like immobility & a speech impediment. He was very sociable, wheeling himself over the lawn to chat with his guests.  I have an amazing job:  I do what I love to do, get paid for it and then, to boot, I get showered by all this inspiration.

Thank you, Dahlia.

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High school seniors are—let me come right out with it—my favorite demographic for caricature drawings.  Proms are fun, of course, but there the kids are dressed up, they sit up straight and at dinner they try to use the right fork and, what’s this, oh a napkin. This party at Andrew High School in Tinley Park was about  tons of food to shovel down and loud music to dance to, whatever.  My camera doesn’t capture the hilarity, because by the Tinley2time I’ve positioned the thing they’ve righted themselves to perform for the camera they way they’d been taught to perform since they were knee-high to a grasshopper.  And I mean “righted,”  because the first reaction to the drawing was that they fell backwards or sideways—below table height. I love it!!

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LakeForest4Before college students get to roast chestnuts by an open fire, go for a sleigh ride together with you, dream of a white Christmas, jingle those bells and all that, they have to face finals in the first two weeks of December. Ugg. It’s a time of nerves. To relieve the stress of preparing for exams, someone at Lake Forest College had the idea of throwing a little party in the hallway in front of the caf. There were balloons, coloring books and–bubble wrap to pop. And, of course, that famous LakeForest2caricaturist Whatsername. It really was a relaxed atmosphere and I like to think I contributed to it. I particularly enjoyed overhearing jokes, but I can’t remember any of them, except the one about Rudolph the Red knowing rain, dear. Thank you, Kate.
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ETHS1aThe seniors were already liberated. The rest deserved a party on the last day of classes. We had glorious weather and I was set up in one of the courtyards. I drew twenty-eight students, faculty and staff in two hours. Thank you, Nichole!
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A University of Chicago sorority hosted a Reading Awareness party, to encourage students to tutor the illiterate. I think. I didn’t actually see that part of the event. I was there to draw whoever sat in front of me in at the Reynolds Club. The were mostly majors in econ, math and physics. Quite thrilling, loved every minute. Thank you, Noreen.

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The director of a private prep school in Chicago commissioned this drawing. He was planning on giving each student a tin of his own home baked cookies accompanied by a copy of this caricature of himself. Can anyone doubt that the world is getting to be a better place? Thank you, Tim!
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DuncanBThe Duncan Kids Academy enrolls kids from six weeks to five years old. I first did the picnic with Rick Duncan in Gurnee a couple of years ago, when he was just starting his programs. Now he’s opening an academy in the West Loop and working with very upscale parents . Anyway, last Thursday he held a morning event at the Mary Bartelbe Park at Monroe and Peoria, Chicago. There were games, refreshments, a fantastic trio of musicians and that famous caricaturist, mmmm, moi. I drew at least fifty DuncanAkids, whew! That’s in just three hours. But the event was well organized and so it was one squirmy, puzzled toddler after the other, no gaps, which I love. The kids were puzzled by this business of being asked to look at this stranger with the drawing board and you can see that in the expressions I put into the drawing—because that’s what I saw. But the parents absolutely love these drawings.
The fabulous musician was Lia Nicine McCoo, lia.mccoo@icloud.com. She wore purple, you can’t miss her.
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The graduating class in this private junior high school in Alsip was small, I’m guessing sixty kids. 14AlsipAThe principal went all out to make this a memorable event. It was held in the gym. But at the center of the gym was a tent illuminated by tiny white string lights for a very magical effect. Awards were applauded, then there was dancing and, ta-tah, under a separate tent, that famous caricaturist Whatsername. I enjoyed this thoroughly, drawing the kids only a little sassy, but then for the teachers  I pulled out all my stops, as you can see. Even the principal got the strong treatment and she laughed uproariously when I turned the drawing around. Thank you, Lisa.———————–
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It’s gratifying to be called back to the same event year 13TrinityAaafter year.  This is the open house at Trinity High School on Division just off the expressway.  The kids appreciate my drawings, amid some giggles, of course.  Here are just a few from that day last September.  And one of the many proud moms.

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13LittleHands1On the last Saturday in October, Little Hands Learning Center in Beverly  held a Halloween party in the school.  There were prizes for best costumes given in a larger room down the hall.  I was set up in a charming school room for pre-schoolers and only heard the applause.  I suspect, every child won a prize and that is what I saw as I drew them.  All fabulous costumes: lavender princess, Dorothy with her blue pinafore and red glittering shoes, strong man with upholstered abs, some comic strip characters I couldn’t name, and a family of three girls all representing some branch of the medical profession.  I drew thirty-six people in three hours.  Here are a few.

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