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13RoseHoustonDogsPointingLast year I drew Rose Houston for a card she was sending out to her friends to let them know that she 12RoseHouston72had recovered from her surgery and was now back in the swing with full energy.  Not a hair out of place, as usual, she’s skateboarding and her two dogs are running along with her.  This year she has a new house and wants to send out Christmas cards showing her and the dogs as they are pointing to the house.  She needed the dogs redrawn in this pose.

To draw dogs in such a human gesture, I had to go for a cartoon version of them.  You can tell that one is a poodle and the other a skinny greyhound.  I had to push them into cartoon mode, complete with white gloves.  The white gloves on animals was a Disney invention:  the paw becomes a hand without anatomical weirdness. This convention has been around for seventy years and we’re used to it.  (Look , Mickey  and Bugs are doing things with his “hands.” )  Only with gloves can a dog be pointing.  Notice the other convention:   three fingers.

Rose loves the drawing. Thank you, Rose, for having a sense of humor about your darlings.

For more on drawing dogs, https://katherinehilden.wordpress.com/?s=dogs

Last year’s post about Rose’s recuperation,   https://katherinehilden.wordpress.com/2012/03/27/hey-all-im-back-on-my-feet-again/

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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.


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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