Posts Tagged ‘Fourth of July’


On my favorite holiday I get to do my favorite thing under a white tent on the village green in Glencoe.  Yeah!  And I get to work in color on this colorful day!  Thank you, Robin.

As you can see,  I drew mostly kids.  You can also see by their reaction to the drawing that they knew what a caricature is.   Sometimes I hear parents explaining to their kids that a caricature is a cartoon of you.  Not here.  Everybody here knew the difference.  So, let me make one thing perfectly clear (hmmm): a caricature is not a cartoon.

Glencoe2I enjoyed drawing the sophisticated kids there in Glencoe, but on this post I’m leading with the picture of a new dad with his ten-week old daughter…because it’s so funny.  The reason it’s funny is that I drew him as the opposite of what he actually was.   He was totally devoted to this baby, very attentive and a virtuoso with the pacifier.  To make this point, I drew him as just the opposite–overwhelmed and confused.  You know, how you sometimes express the opposite of how you actually feel?  That’s it.  It’s called irony.

He and I chatted about how calm and alert the baby was.  Well, no wonder, with a dad like that. We also agreed that she completely upstaged him.  He was in a supporting role and she was the star. And he wanted it that way.  Lucky little girl.  That’s why I drew her so big and solid.

It was a great Fourth!———————————————————-



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A curly-headed guy sat down on the couch in front of me with 12CassinDustinhis newly engaged fiancé.  This is at Samantha’s birth party—see previous post.  I mentioned  that this was a very comfortable party.

As I’m concentrating on drawing his cherubic face, I say absentmindedly, “I think I’ve drawn you before,”  He doesn’t answer.  I continue, “Was it in Bartlett?” He keeps still.  “Bartlett, on the Fourth of July.”  I ask if he’s ever been in Bartlett.  He say, he has friends in Bartlett.  He smiles.  I’m getting warm.  Then a name comes to mind.  “Your name is Justin, is that it, Justin?  I’ve Dustindrawn you before, right?” He laughs and then he says,  “Dustin.”    “Yessss, that’s it, Dustin.”  He laughs.  I promise to email him the caricature I did of him ten years ago on the Fourth of July  at the edge of a white tent in Bartlett.

When I turned the drawing around for the two of them to see, he threw back his head and laughed.

I hope Rae, the hostess, will forward these photos to him because the slip with his email address got left at the party.  Best to you, Dustin!

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