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The convention for the tourism industry was held at the Hyatt on Wacker.  The Niagara Falls Tourism Bureau hired me to draw the crowd to their booth. And draw them I did, both TO and AT.  Caricatures at a trade show are so effective—the line of people and their gratitude when they see the drawing—that one would expect the place to be swarming with caricature artists.  But Niagara Falls was the only one to think of this ploy.  ‘Tis a mystery.  I love working at trade shows.

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I had pre-printed (Xerox) the drawing paper with the Niagara Falls logo and three of the things that make them famous: the wineries, 12NiagaraFalls13the tower and, of course, the Falls.  The person was then drawn in, sitting at the table and raising a glass of red wine in a toast.  The finished product is seamless, because I had drawn the template scenery with the same markers that I use for the on-the-spot drawing of the person.  The paper size is 11 x 14, a standard frame size.  You can be sure that these drawings get framed.  And, voila, there you are with your name and logo indelibly stamped in the memory of this visitor.  The picture will hang in an office or den and generate comment and conversation.  And there YOU are…

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12NiagaraFallsGroupHow can this be called work!?  Ha!  These women have a show like this every month in a different city.  They made it look so easy, because they have their act together.  What a team!  It was a pleasure to join you all for the afternoon!  Thanks again!  And thanks for letting me work in color!  Color does add life and it sure draws in the crowd at a trade show.

 

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Cornfields, larks and clouds.  Wholesome country with dramatic weather changes.  This was a high school graduation open house, with me set up on the patio and moving into the garage when the fat rain drops started coming down.  Everybody helped with the move. Kids were the priority, as always, but once the adults saw the drawings, they were eager to be drawn, too.

Drawing in just a black line as opposed to full color is very exciting for me, because it goes so fast and all the expression has to be there in just a few lines.  A dynamic drawing in b/w is harder to pull off because of its apparent simplicity—but as an artist I love the intensity.  The general public, however, responds to color more, because color brings with it all that wide-screen pizzazz that we’re used to in our movies.

Here are just a few samples from that day.—————————————–

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A photo will not do.  It’s a CD cover!

Not even a caricature in a clean line drawing would do, I suggested.  We need to go with wild colors.  So, after the line drawing was approved, I went for luminous colors and did two versions for the client’s consideration.  One of them got all the votes.  Voila!

The client is an opera singer who is moving into jazz.  He has recorded a CD to present to various jazz venues and nightspots.  The cover had to be as dazzling as his voice.  Double voila!

I look forward to hearing you scat, Jerry!

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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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