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IMG_5506This was a classy party at Stonegate in Hoffman Estates. The birthday boy’s hair was moussed up and he wore a tweed jacket and a bow tie. The women were aglitter. The men, of course, came in jeans. But overall, a carefully planned party with lots of entertainment. I felt lucky to be asked back, having done the mom’s baby shower the year before. As often happens at kids parties, I’m asked to draw the birthday child in color and then switch to black/white for everybody else.  Thank you, Sana and Cathi.
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lastThe drawings go fast. I only need to look at the face for a few seconds and then maybe again for a few seconds.  All in all the likeness is down withing a minute.  People seem to pick up on that and then go back to business as usual, as you can see here.  Haha, it’s always interesting.

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BabyEvanAThe caricature of a one-year-old involves a lot of guess work , but I pull it off anyway and the parents are pleased. The kids don’t care at that age, but the parents love these drawings. I like to draw babies with attitude, totally in command of the situation–which, of course, they are–even when they’re just curled up and drooling. “Oh, look BabyEvanBat that, how cute.” The drawing will get framed and will be a nice memory of this little party. I drew sixteen little kids in full color in two hours.
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At her first birthday party, Londyn was dancing with her hands over her head, snapping her fingers. Only one year old!  She didn’t think much of my drawings, but I thought her performance was outstanding.  Actually, she was the only one who danced.  Everyone else made polite conversation and the older kids watched my performance on paper, always eager to learn.  Thank you, Nichole!

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A child’s first birthday is universally celebrated. It’s a big deal, all around the world.  Happy Birthday, Alexandra!  Look how much you’ve learned, look how big you are, look how you’ve survived all those sniffles and runny noses, we know it’s not easy. It’s all amazing. And look, you can walk! From now on, it’s a piece of cake.

Thank you, Lupe!  Here are some pictures from that wonderful party.  Little Alexandra did get drawn, but I have no photo of her, she was busy attending to her guests.

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Next, “Hairy Harry” and the artist who took him up on his idea.  Thank you Harry, I love it when people GET it.  Give me ideas, any time!  And, btw, when I open my mouth like that, I’m not screaming, just hamming it up for the camera.

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We were in the field house near Belmont by the lake, in a ballooned party room with yummy cupcakes, milk and juice.  Emmett was celebrating his first birthday and he got his drawing in color, but to maximize the number of people who could be drawn in two hours, everybody else got black and white drawings.  For a child’s birthday party, the parents often make that distinction.  I drew twenty-four people in that time.

Now for some shop talk:  Color is generally perceived to be more desirable. It’s true, I can use color to heighten the humor (VERY blond, VERY rosy-cheeked, VERY blue-eyed, etc.),  but  what people like to call the “essence” is already there in the line drawing in black marker.  I love working in both, color and black/white, but—trade secret—black/white is harder to do.  I love the intensity of working in b/w and I love the fact that I get to draw so many more people.

The guest of honor, Emmett, did not pose with his drawing because he was busy attending to his guests.

Happy Birthday, Emmett!

(A note about lighting:  The paper I draw on is white, but my camera read it as grayish.)

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