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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:

https://katherinehilden.wordpress.com/2016/05/24/kappys-on-dempster-in-morton-grove/

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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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It’s a no-brainer. The way to attract people is to throw a party and hand out freebies.  At Nordstrom’s on Grant last December the freebies were exquisite sweets and, ta-tah, my sweet drawings.  We, the scoopable sweets and my laughable drawings were set up next to one another and, appropriately, just across the aisle from the party planning stuff.

The store had pre-printed 4” x 6” cards for me. I drew on the front and on the back it said in multi-color letters, “YOU ARE SO GIFTED.”  Awww!    Only verrrrry regular customers got the freebies.  They came after work down-town and were, obviously, smart shoppers. Including the kids, I’m sure, who had quickly been picked up from their after-school programs.  The whole scene was fascinating to watch and I enjoyed my two hours in the world of expert marketing.

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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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