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The wedding ceremony was held in Grant Park, near Buckingham Fountain.  The family then gathered in a private dining room in a fabulous and famed seafood restaurant on Grant near Michigan Ave.  There were forty people and I drew every one of them in three hours—and in color. This is a new record.  Something to crow about, I guess.  I’m sure the congenial atmosphere helped me pull this off, and the fact that everybody was completely at ease, to the point of teasing each other.  Believe me, this flows into the drawings.  I work very much with the whole ambiance of the event.

The first drawing (top) was of the bride and groom, with me inventing the casual clothing for the sake of color and also because they encouraged an informal atmosphere for their reception.  The drawing was then framed by a mat and placed on an easel, where all the guests signed it.  A lovely idea.

Thank you, Renee and Eric!

I’ll show some of the drawings here, omitting the mug shots because you already know from previous posts that the likeness I catch is right on.  I just want to document how distinctive the faces really are.  Please, take some time to study these drawings. There’s no generic way to draw a face—for me, anyway.  This is important.

That last couple encouraged me to pull all the stops and have fun with it.  I did and they loved it. So did everybody else.

And now a drawing of a little girl. Once again:  I draw kids with very different humor than adults.  This is also important.

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The top floor at the Double Tree Hotel in Skokie is a very comfortable space for a large family event and the view is always great, even on a foggy afternoon, like this one.  I always enjoy bar-and-bat-mitzvahs because the kids are so varied, from very dressed up to shirts out and barefoot, from demure to mischievous.

I particularly enjoy the event when I’m asked to work in color.  Working in color takes only a little longer than working solely with black marker and the kids enjoy the result so much more.  That’s my impression, anyway.  A black/white drawing is more elegant, granted, but a color image is vibrant.  If you look closely at these drawings in color you’ll see that the black lines are sparse and that much of the impact of the image comes from color.  If I had not used color, I would have had to add many more black lines to make the drawing clear and intelligible.  So, you see, it’s a wash, color only takes a minute or two longer than black/white and it’s worth it.  I’m all for the elegance of b/w, but color…wow!

Here are a few pictures from that party.—————————————

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Janet invited nine friends for her 19th birthday party and her mom thought a leisurely pizza-and-salad lunch– with a caricaturist!– would be the way to celebrate.  So there I was, in this well-appointed, spacious family room, drawing these smart, caring young women.  I could easily have drawn them all in an hour—in black and white.  But mom decided on color and gave me an hour-and-a-half.  This time frame also allowed for drawing the whole body and for working on the larger paper, 11 x 14.  Nothing wrong with 8-1/2 x 11 or with b/w, but the color drawing on large paper really does seem to go over big with kids and teenagers.

Thank you, Terry!  Happy Birthday, Janet!

This group photo was taken towards the end of the party. Two of the girls had to leave early because of other obligations.  It was  December, too many parties to go to.

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