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It’s time I outlined for everybody what’s involved if you want a caricature from a photo.

1) The process starts with you emailing me photos of the face(s).

2) I make two pencil sketches of the face(s) and email those to you to choose from. You can ask for a change. Once you approve the face(s) half of the total cost is due.  Here’s what the first stage for the above group drawing looked like:

3) You describe the activity or occasion to be celebrated.

4) I cut and pasted the heads and make the pencil sketch of the bodies.

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5) After you approve every detail in the sketch and specify the colors of hair, eyes and clothing, the balance is due.

6) I trace the pencil sketch exactly on the final paper and add color.

7) I mail you the drawing in a tube.

8) You tell everybody how brilliant you are for having found me.

The process can take as little as one week.

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Now we’re in Edinburgh. Indiana, that is.

Edinburgh, Indiana has been going all out lately to crank up its cultural rating in the area.  So naturally, there will be festivals of all sorts, including a September Fall Festival in the center of town, right next to the library.

Since moving to the Indianapolis area a year ago, I’ve enjoyed many surprises in Indiana. Edinburgh’s Fall Festival has to rank way at the top.  I have done many carnivals in my caricaturing career and seen many rides and carousels, but I have never seen rides like these.  Next time I’ll come early, just to get a turn sitting in TEACUPS  that go round and round.

Never a dull anything here. Mind you, I don’t have a flashy display to draw in customers. No display at all, in fact.  I just count on my drawings being spotted and that’s enough to pull in the crown.  As you can see, the ten-to-twelve year olds spontaneously took over as my agent, bringing me more and more friends to draw.

I was set up under a red tent, which my fans adjusted regularly to provide shade as the sun was setting.

Ah, Edinburgh, Indiana!

Thank you, SaraBeth!

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Speaking of Christmas Parties.  Adding the red Santa Hat takes only a few seconds, but look how festive it makes the black/white drawing.  Hey, Human Resource People!  It’s September and not too early to book that holiday party in December.

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This was a Holiday Party for a small company.  The party planner had a limited budget and wanted drawings in black/white because they go faster.  I love working in b/w! Drawing fast is exhilarating and very satisfying for both the client and the artist.  I drew all twenty-two people in two hours.

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That’s in Cincinnati, just south of the art museum. It was the closing performance of “Murder for Two,” and the management decided to throw a party for the audience. Nice.  You need a caricaturist for a party like that and, of course, that had to be that famous Whatsername.

My kind of crowd: theater lovers, people who know how to make an entrance, people who do a dance step or a dancey wiggle at the drop of an eyelid, people who worry about LIGHTING. Think of the Hogarth crowd in 18th century Bath, if you can.  Well, I do.

Thank you Clare!

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This was a bat-mitzvah at Hackney’s in Glencoe.  I drew thirty-five teenagers in three hours.  That’s a clipping pace, which was made possible by the mom’s excellent organization of the event and her decision to go with black-and-white drawings. When the host’s emphasis is on getting the most people drawn, b/w is the logical choice.  Notice, also, that the bodies are not in activities, which also take extra time to draw.  But what I did get into the drawing is attitude, don’t you agree.  Attitude is so important in a caricature!  Especially with kids, where I really don’t do sarcasm.  That would be psychologically risky for young people, I think, and I’m not there to poke them into self-doubt.  (Save that for adults, hmmm.)

Thank you, Keri!

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This was a community center with after-school drop-in programs in north-west Chicago.  The party was for the  social workers and teachers who ran the various programs. Facing unfathomable social complexities, they have to think deeply.  They deserve a break.  I always enjoy making deep thinkers laugh. Some family members were also there to help celebrate.

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