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I did this event at the Elmhurst Library last year and I was honored to be called back.

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ElmhurstLibr2Comic Con is a big event.  Various artists who work in cartooning, comic strips, manga, and caricature are set up at tables where they demonstrate and explain their art. It’s an exciting day for kids. Many come in the costume of their favorite character from movies such as Star Wars.  Capes galore!

Last year I worked in black/white, which the kids and parents enjoyed.  But this year I worked in full color, which was fabulous! Color takes just a bit longer, but for kids this is the way to go.  B/w is elegant, but let’s face it, color pops off the page!

Thank you, Kim!

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I’ll be teaching a 5-week course on The Art of Caricature this summer at the Evanston Art Center.  The class will be held on Thursday evenings from 7 – 9 p.m.,  starting June 14.  Due to an email glitch, the class is not listed in the printed summer catalog, but it will be listed online at www.evanstonartcenter.org

Here’s the blurb:  “For intermediate & advanced portrait artists.  Seeing through the “caricature lens” enables you to heighten your subject’s expression and will develop your personal style. A good caricature is a stronger likeness than a “realistic” portrait or even a photo. As you develop your ability to see in this new light, you can decide to what degree you want to “tweak” the features and still maintain the likeness. The notebooks of some of our great artists (Leonardo, Picasso) reveal that they were, at heart, caricaturists. This course broadens the view of a much-misunderstood art. The class is set-up so that students can see the instructor’s drawing as it emerges, step by step. “

That last part is important.  I tack a long sheet of brown paper on the wall and draw with black markers so that everybody can see.  Every student will have an 8½ x 11 printout of the face we’re working on and I will have the same face taped to my brown drawing paper on the wall.  We go at it.  How do you look at this?  What feature will you push and pull?  How do you enhance the expression? All this, while keeping the likeness.  In fact, the likeness will be enhanced by our pushing and pulling. A good caricature looks more like the person than a photograph.   It’s fascinating.  I will also sit next to individual students and draw along with them.  I provide the copies of the faces but students can also bring in their own choices.  Hmmm, friends and family. The  class is, of course, fun, but it’s also serious work and very challenging.

The number at the Evanston Art Center is 847-475-5300

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It’s my favorite art supply store.  I’ve bought my painting supplies there for years: oils, acrylic, linseed, brushes, stretchers, and canvas on the bolt.  Great products, all.  But it wasn’t until this past fall, October maybe, that I noticed that Utrecht had a house brand marker.  I tried the nib and fell in love with it.  By nib I mean the point end (the chisel ends of markers behave pretty much the same way).  Drawing with the point end is like painting with a brush; all the nuances and possibilities are there.  I was so enthusiastic about this discovery that the next time I was in the Loop I walked into Utrecht for yet more Utrecht markers and mentioned my excitement over this product to the assistant manager.  I would be happy to do a demo, I said, to promote this wonderful marker.  Good idea, let’s do it!

Utrecht used to be on the corner of Michigan and Jackson, near the School of the Art Institute and those students would buy their supplies at Utrecht.  The new location, on Wabash between Monroe and Madison, is just as convenient.  Same knowledgeable sales staff, bigger store, more products.

For the caricature demo using Utrecht markers on Canson Lay-Out paper I was set up directly in front of the entrance.  It was great to face colleagues (art students and art teachers) across my drawing board.  Here are a few of the people I drew last week.

My next demo at Utrecht is scheduled for Wednesday, February 8, late afternoon-early evening.   The drawings are free.

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