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That would be Indiana Ave just south of the Prairie Ave Historic District, near the Glessner House and the Clarke House. Sigh.
Anyway, Mikel flew in from L.A., where she’s working on her MA public health, to be with her school buddies from Brown in Providence where they were undergrads. As you can imagine, the conversation in this little upscale condo was pretty upscale. Well, with some colloquialism thrown in here and there. What better way to celebrate with school pals than to have caricatures of everyone individually and then for the finale one group “shot.” It was all Mikel’s treat. Thank you, Mikel!

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Monee7Forget the man who danced with his wife. I drew a finance man who Monee8drives up to LaSalle Street five times a week. From Monee. Monee! My host was a cardiologist names Srinivas whose twins we were celebrating on their first birthday. He also navigates I-57 from Monee and then the dare-you Dan Ryan all the time.
The caterers were fabulous. They were from Frankfort. Frankfort! I drew a couple from Frankfort and asked if there was life in Frankfort. “Oh, there’s plenty of life in Frankfort,” the woman assured me. Well, all kidding aside, small towns are not all that your Farmers’ Almanac says they are. I drew some self-assured young people who know all about tractors and go off to study business at college. I also drew a family from Glenview, walking distance from my house. Small world.

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The world conjured up in the party tent was, however, anything but small. The assemblage of tents was huge; the shiny balloons of lions, gorillas, chimps, etc. were huge; the plush and exquisitely detailed Serengeti animals measured at least three feet. The chairs were zebra-ribboned. I have been to a party or two, you know, but this was, ermmm, wild! It was wild in its extravagance and generosity.

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I drew thirty-eight people in full color in four hours. Amid much chatter, loved every minute. Here are some of them.
Srinivas, I looked it up, means Radiance in Sanskrit. Thank you, Dr. Radiance!

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Caterer: Kristy Webber of Special Occasion Services, 708-307-0535, webber.kristy@yahoo.com. kristysos.com
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inmotionnow1When I draw colleagues, I love to talk shop. Here’s a graphic designer who asked me about the markers I use. I told him that my favorite marker is by Utrecht. It has the best nib on the market. I let Peter try it out. I love my work and people who love their work are always good company and fun to draw.
I spent three days drawing designers at the Design Now Show at the Hyatt. The show was about graphic design innovations and challenges. The company that had me “drawing in” the attendees was InMotionNow, a firm that designs apps for managing the design process. Their slogan is “Do the work you love. Automate the rest.” I inmotionnow2was set up in their booth and drew the curious stoppers-by. By drawing them, I drew them in. Works every time. People love to sit down—oh, I get to sit down!—and get a caricature of themselves. While this happens, they’re a captive audience and the sales person can pour out his/her charm. Then the drawing (in a clear plastic sleeve) acts as advertisement for, in this case, InMotionNow. How simple, how effective!

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The host invited forty friends to celebrate his birthday—probably his 40th ( just my guess)—at the Fulton Market Kitchen on Sangamon and Randolph in IMG_4087Chicago. This is a place to see and be seen. We had a private dining room with a two-story high ceiling and a bar that was constructed out of a collage of chairs. I use the word “we,” in the sense that I blended in, like a fly on the wall. I wore black, of course, and roamed inconspicuously, drawing people as they were standing around talking and then later as they were seated for dinner. It’s a bit tricky to pull this off gracefully and, judging from the host’s gratitude,  it seems I succeeded, while enjoying myself thoroughly. I drew everybody (in three hours), but only took two shots of my drawings. And here they are.
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PascalBI drew twenty-six dental hygienists at the Hyatt. (A funny sentence. Say it fast.) It was their convention and the tables were full of pokey, sharp tools. It must have been a relief for these women (almost all were women) to find Pascal Dental, for whom I worked that afternoon, to sit down for 5 minutes for a caricature by– ta-tah!—that famous Chicago caricaturist and have a good therapeutic, stress-relieving belly laugh. I tend to think that a sense of humor is a sign of superior intelligence (an occupational bias of mine) and so I came away with

PascalAthe feeling that these dental hygienists all have more brain power than is required for picking the right scraping tool after they say, “open wide.”
I love their reactions and that’s what you see here. You can tell from the drawings that I had as much fun as they did during those two hours. Thank you, Steve and Juliana. 

And what about this trio? What could be the dynamic in that office?  They thought this was a riot!————-

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The International Hostel on Congress and Wabash asked me again to participate in their annual IntHostel20bcommunity day. There’s a Chicago Blues band and, ta-tah, me. It’s my third year there and I love it. Faces from all over the world—a face-person’s dream! Thank you, Sharday.
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14Tapia1aLook at this expressive face.  I love drawing kids who are self-assured.  This girl faced me as if she were 14Tapia1bdoing her job while I was doing mine.  We were partners in an interesting enterprise.  My drawing of her celebrates the asymmetry in her face, a sign of intelligence and maturity.

All the kids at this party were poised.  When I asked them what subject they liked in school,  they all said math.  Some added reading. Love it!

14Tapia13aThe Monaco Hotel on Wacker and Dearborn in Chicago has the most welcoming, elegant lobby.  I arrived so early that I had time to sit by the fire place and read.  I kept looking up to study the design of the lobby and its furnishings—an excellent learning opportunity.

The party for the one-year old was in a banquet room and very well organized.  14Tapia13bVery often, at a kids party I have to wait for the little ones to cooperate.  Note here.  There was never a lull between drawings.  I drew all the kids and then some adults.  In two hours, twenty-three people.  Thank you, Evelyn!

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