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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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Anybody scrolling through these posts, especially recent ones, can see that I’ve been drawing a lot of kids.

There are two kinds of events: corporate and family, where more often than not, corporate events actually are family events, especially in the summer.  It’s been my experience over these past twenty-one years of drawing caricatures, that adults defer to kids.  Even if the mom or dad wins the caricature at the picnic, he or she will use that privilege to have the child drawn.

The second thing to notice about my work is that when I draw kids, I’m very kind.  I don’t think children should be drawn with strong humor, it’s just not appropriate.  Risking any hurt feeling is just not what I’m about.

But adults invite quite a different take.  I say, “invite,” because sometimes adults can be shy and cautious about getting a caricature.  But that’s rare.  Most of the time, they get it—totally!  They often challenge me to “go for it” or “give it all you’ve got”;   or they assure me, “I can take it.”  In that case, well, in that case, the marker moves very differently and what we get is a drawing that hits the funny bone and people throw their head back in uproarious laughter.

The drawing I’m featuring in this post is from the Tovar picnic. (Post 8.13.11)  This couple—gentle, sensible parents of one of the employees—told me to have fun with the drawing.  He was retired (was it from engineering, I can’t remember exactly now) and she was an avid gardener, that’s really all I heard from them.  Well, they thoroughly enjoyed this drawing! They deserved a post all to themselves here.

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