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Forget Paris. Forget Rome. The Côte d’Azur? Santorini?  Don’t make me yawn.  For a real party, take me to Cincinnati.

The View at Mt. Adams is the place to see and be seen.

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It’s on Celestial Street. Indeed!

We were celebrating the retirement of a top executive of an international firm.

The design of the restaurant itself is formal.

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But for this party the sartorial message was upscale casual. Why not?  Since upscale is your element anyway, come as you are: elegant and relaxed.

I enjoyed drawing these people. Can you tell,  they enjoyed it, too?

The party went from 7 to 11.  The hilarity around me made me reach for magenta a lot.  The executives got plaid golf shorts, bellybuttons galore.  Then as the evening wore on  more flesh got exposed.  In the drawings only!!!! Please, blame the markers.

More on this party and drawing techniques in the next post.

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You’re working at a software designing company in West Lafayette that’s going to celebrate its 15th birthday.  Not a big company, not big enough to have a human resource department.  But one of the bosses picks you to plan this party.  There must be something about you that makes him confident that you’ll come up with a good idea.

And you do.  The office building you’re in has an atrium lobby.  Hello!  It’s a space that’s begging for strings of lights.  What about a French Quarter street in New Orleans?!  The strings of lights will bring the ceiling down to a more intimate level.  Put in some plants to create narrow passages.  Order spicy Cajun food, find a band to play Zydeco,  hire a juggler with a black and white striped shirt  and, if you’re lucky, a caricaturist who speaks some French.  You’re so lucky!

I wore my velour French beret and rolled my R’s,  spoke French the whole evening and fooled most of the people most of the time until.  Errr, until someone sat in front of me who had spent junior year abroad –in France.   My rolled R’s met their match in her superior vocabulary.  Loved it!

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See this?  This is what it’s all about.  People lose it.  Howling laughter and people literally rolling off their chairs.

Thank you, Erin!

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Here’s what you need for a successful party: balloons, food and that famous caricaturist Whatsername.  We were partying in the Hillview Government Center in Louisville to celebrate Jim’s 75th birthday.  One of his daughters flew in from Colorado to organize this generous bash.  And generous it was! Sumptuous! Though I don’t eat when I work, I could tell that everybody loved the food.  You can eat while I draw.  It only takes about a minute of your attention for me to get the gist of your face and then I go to work for a few more minutes. Doesn’t take long. Not even color takes long, about 5 minutes per person, and color is so much fun.  This was a great party.  Everybody got into it, everybody loved the drawings.  So rewarding for everybody –and for me!  Thank you, Michelle!

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All that was all fun, but what happened on the paper when I had these two brothers across the table from me was, well, beyond my control:

 

The high-domed Masonic Temple in downtown Crawfordsville was the venue for this well-planned wedding, all in black, white and gold.  Even the flower girls and the ring boy were in black.  I was set up in the lobby and enjoyed the combination of formality and casualness. Emily, the wedding planner, ably attended to all details:

Emily Gregory,   emilysaraevents@gmail.com,    317-850-1283

Thank  you Paige and Emily!

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All fun, but from a caricaturist’s point of view, the most fun is getting a mining engineer to crack up.  Arthur works in limestone mining and he explained the difference between New York limestone and Indiana lime stone to me, which I appreciate because I’m interested in stuff, though I’ll have to look up the chemical difference again, even after he had explained it to me.  Well, after all that, he laughed out loud when he saw the drawing. That made my day!

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I’m leading with this photo to show that women really do pose in this Hollywood glamour style.  It’s unprovoked.  I don’t ask them to play Marilyn. They just do. A woman very often sits down and immediately does this thing with her shoulders, crossed legs, squinty eyes and puckered lips. Those of you who were shocked at the recent post with the three women in red dresses are invited to come to my events. This is real life.  That is to say, real life imitating Hollywood glamour.  You know, that thin line between reality and illusion. That’s were my work takes place.

The Penrod Society in Indianapolis had a fundraiser in the fabulous Stutz building last month and they asked me to draw and draw them in.  Thank you, Giavonna and Cara!

https://www.indyartsguide.org/organization/penrod-society/

vehicle to support the cultural and educational activities of Indianapolis area artists, students, and arts organizations. The Penrod Society is a volunteer organization, strongly rooted in Central Indiana with a proud history of serving our community.

Specifically, our mission focuses on the cultivation, encouragement and development of public interest in and support of those arts, cultural and educational

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Then there’s the opposite, which is also fun. My model here is a poet. Great conversation.

But the glamour thing–flattery–goes over bigger and it has become a hallmark of my work:

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It’s so nice to be called back.  I had a “repeat engagement” (love that term) at Kappys American Grill in Morton Grove, near Chicago.  Kappys is a family restaurant owned and operated by a wonderful family, who take care of their guests and their staff.  In the four years since I drew everybody working there the turnover has been very small.  A good sign, as we all know.  This time, just last month, I drew a small group made up of family, guests and restaurant staff.  Here they are, ta-tah!

Thank you again, Manolis and George!

See my Kappys drawings from 2015:

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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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Go Pacers!

We were toasting Pacer fans and sponsors.  It was a hospitality bash at Prime 47 on Pennsylvania

Avenue in down town Indianapolis. Photogenic people as far as the eye could see. Great evening.  Thank you, Cara!

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This Valentine’s Day celebration was held in the party room at Danville Nursing Home for the residents there. All but two residents were in wheel chairs, some had oxygen tubes.  I mention this merely to set the scene a bit, since I am only posting pictures of my drawings, not the people.  But you will immediately recognize my approach here:  I drew everybody young, energetic and glamorous. I was rewarded with quick giggles, some admiration of my technique and “you made me look the way I was when I was young.”  Right, Richard, you got it.  That was my take on this crowd. Nursing homes are always rewarding to work in.  I always learn and go home with things to reflect on.  Thank  you, Pat, Kerri and Jesse!

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You’ll find the Roan Farm in the periphery of Shelbyville, Indiana.  Be not deceived by the folksy town name: Shelbyville has an airport. But to get there, I drove and drove through tranquil fields.

The party was held in a pole barn expressly built as an event venue.  High ceiling, natural lumber, good lighting and clean, clean clean. Wonderful space! All sorts of parties are held here, including weddings.

Thank you, Whitney!

ROAN FARM,  5827 N 575 E, Shelbyville, IN 46176.    Phone: (317) 512-5861

 

 

 

 

 

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