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


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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ElmurstLibrABHow can librarians show kids that their library is totally awesome? At the Elmhust Public Library they start with a fabulous building that looks tempting just from the outside. Inside, the children’s library looks magical. As if that weren’t enough this library brought in a face painter, cartoonists, illustrators and that famous caricaturist, Whatsername. It was a Saturday morning, the light streamed in from the high arched roof and I drew thirty-three people in two hours, mostly grammar school aged kids.
Some kids came in costumes, like Princess Leah and Spiderman, but Elmhust2mostly it was about sports and just I-want-to-see-how-you’re-going-Elmhust1to-draw-me. Or me and my best friend.  It was quite a wonderful morning. Let’s face it, librarians are the best. Ok, let’s look that up. So I googled “are librarians the best?” This is what I got:
For those of you who are fascinated by Manga and Japanese and Chinese illustration, here’s the artist who was at the Elmhurst Library event:
Addie Afable, artisticdragon.com, addie@artisticdragon.com. 847-877-8785
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Cartooning is a highly specialized art form that is sometimes confused with the art of caricature. Let me be brief here about the distinction.  A caricature focuses on an INDIVIDUAL,  bringing out the uniqueness of this individual and, therefore, stressing distinctive facial features and also personality quirks.  A cartoon deals with a TYPE of person.

In the early days of the art of caricature, artists focused on social types.  For example Hogarth in 18th century England satirized that country’s social classes, especially the affectations of the upper class; Daumier in 19th century France satirized the new, rising bourgeoisie and its attitudes, but he also caricatured the king, an act of courage that landed him in jail.  In the 20th century the word “caricature” was more and more applied to individuals.

If you’re interested in cartooning and want to get a sense what’s involved in learning that art form, see today’s post at http://artamaze.wordpress.com.

For caricatures, www.khilden.com

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