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At the end of August I was at a Health Outreach on Sheridan near Lawrence.  This is an organization that transitions people from being institutionalized under care and supervision into independent living in their own 13Halfway7apartments.  For the sake of discretion I only documented my drawings, not the individuals who posed for them and I put on the name only if specifically requested.  It was a small “graduating class” and I drew as many staff people as graduates.  Can you tell them apart?  No. ( Reminds me of a scene in which  Jack Nicholson takes his buddies sailing.)

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Thank you, Cynthia. Going for color was well worth it.  I drew fifteen people in full color in two hours. I’m sure every one of these drawings inspires confidence and optimism in these people’s lives. —————————–

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On a very hot and humid day, the kids were inside.  I set up in two classrooms and drew a total of thirty-five five-year-olds in four hours, without a break.  That’s a lot of drawings –in full color.  But then, on 8-1/2 x 11, it goes fast.  What really helped was the super organization of the teachers. Each child handed me a slip of paper with his/her name and the activity to be depicted.  Princesses won hands down.  After that, it was skateboards, soccer and artists. ———————–

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13ReadMe9bThe James R. Jordan Foundation sponsored an event in Touhy Herbert Park on W. Adams near Ogden, designed to 13ReadMe9encourage reading.  Hundreds of books had been collected and were now given away to school age kids, most of them in grammar school.  I drew thirty-five people in less than four hours. Here are a few of them.  Thank you, Brigid!

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13TritonColl4bIn past years I’ve done Christmas parties at Triton College in River Grove.  It was a pleasure to be called 13TritonColl4back to do a summer event on this expansive campus. This was the first such picnic and the turnout was not as great as, I’m sure, it will be next year after word has gotten out about how well organized it is, the excellence of the food, the music and—ta-tah—that famous caricature artist Whatshername.

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Why not!  End-of-school picnics are common, but how about a picnic in September to start the school year, too?!  Start with a happy, optimistic, bonding experience!

These girls attended an Orthodox Jewish High School and wore elegant long black skirts.  They looked elegant to me, but the girls were obviously used to long skirts and jumped and ran and threw water balloons without regard for elegance, just having a good time. There were four female caricaturists (all of us in long skirts and long high-necked shirts and closed-toe shoes, whew, it was in the 90’s) drawing, all together, eighty girls.  I know I drew twenty-four in two hours.————————————————————————

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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In a school with lots of parental involvement, this kindergarten class was treated to an end of the school year celebration with all sorts of activities and everybody got to sit for a caricature by that famous artist, Whatshername.  No less than three parents were directly managing the flow of traffic around me.  Fantastic!  I drew all twenty-eight kids in two hours. Here’s a small sampling.

Henry’s t-shirt says “Henry for President.”

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All satin and rhinestones.  The guys played along by wearing matching vests or ties.  What a great event!  For school, it’s the frayed jeans and now this!  Wow!

I drew fifty-two people in four hours, all full body, of course.  That’s a pretty clipping rate, considering that there was time out for moving the set-up from the cocktail lounge (ha, soft drinks only) to the grand ball room and later,  time out for speeches.

There must have been some sore feet by the end of the evening, what with those ridiculous platform sandals. But clearly everybody had a blast.  Look at these radiant faces!

Here’s a small selection. It’s hard to choose.

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It’s become an annual event for second graders at this Evanston-Skokie grammar school:  the end of the school year picnic held at Central Park. We’ve always had a hot June day with the occasional breeze.  It’s idyllic. The kids play and line up for their caricature by that famous what’s-her-name artist.  I drew fifty-nine kids in about three-and-a-half hours.  The teacher collects the drawings.  The caricature becomes part of the keepsake folder each child receives at the end of the school year. It contains the poems they wrote and their art works and other efforts.  Isn’t that thoughtful!  I love being part of this.  I love their anticipation when they’re next and the excitement when they first see the drawing.

 

Here are just a few.

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This open house at Holy Trinity H.S. on Division just west of the expressway was held last fall.  I’m just catching up now.  I’ve become a regular at this event and, I like to believe, a real “draw.”  I enjoy drawing these kids and some of their parents, particularly because it seems to be such a treat for them.  Here’s a small sampling of all the drawings and the reactions to them.

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To fund the art program in his school, Tom Ruiz,  an energetic young principal organized a fund raiser and called it “Art from the Heart.”   It was held in the school gym, involved raffle prizes and, of course, a famous caricaturist.  It would be an exaggeration to say that half the town showed up, but the place was buzzing.  A fun crowd, very personable people and very interested in my technique.  I learned that Crown Point has a population of about 20,000 and six florist shops; I learned this from a couple of florists who sat for me.(He with the flower in his straw hat.)  Somehow, that ratio speaks favorably about a town.  Thank you, Tom!

This was a fabulous event.  Notice the hilarity when they first see the drawing.  Seeing these reactions is very important to me, keeps me inspired.

Notice also, that color makes the drawing funnier.  My color technique is as fast as the black/white technique of other artists.  Working in b/w you have to put more lines down to make the drawing readable, but with a dash of color you can say it all and heighten the humor, to boot.  The bright color of eyes and hair, for example, or red-red hair and freckles.  Not to mention that famous red dress! To study my color technique more closely, click on the drawing for an enlargement.

That’s just a few from that fabulous fundraiser at St. Mary’s, a Catholic School in Crown Point.  Crown Point, Indiana, is where the good parties are!  Who Knew!?

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