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This was a bat-mitzvah at Hackney’s in Glencoe.  I drew thirty-five teenagers in three hours.  That’s a clipping pace, which was made possible by the mom’s excellent organization of the event and her decision to go with black-and-white drawings. When the host’s emphasis is on getting the most people drawn, b/w is the logical choice.  Notice, also, that the bodies are not in activities, which also take extra time to draw.  But what I did get into the drawing is attitude, don’t you agree.  Attitude is so important in a caricature!  Especially with kids, where I really don’t do sarcasm.  That would be psychologically risky for young people, I think, and I’m not there to poke them into self-doubt.  (Save that for adults, hmmm.)

Thank you, Keri!

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This really was a surprise. Very often the give-away that something’s going GlenviewDon is the large number of cars parked on the block. But these friends all parked around the corner. Not a clue. Friends drove in from Bloomington, Indiana. Not a clue. The birthday boy’s parents flew in from California. Not a clue.
I was instructed to draw in color and to enjoy myself. Hmm, that’s not only a very wise instruction to an artist but a sign that the hostess (birthday boy’s wife) wanted all the guests to also enjoy themselves. Excellent! Thank you, Samantha!
These were all good friends, some going back to college. Jokes were flying. Champagne and Kristall flowed. Can you tell from these pictures that this Glenview1was a hilarious party atmosphere and that the artist enjoyed herself? Uh-huh!! I drew eighteen people in full color in two-and-a-half hours.
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AirlineAMichael fell in love with airplanes before he was ten and ever since, he’s been looking down from a plane, studying our globe’s topography as often as he can. He’s worked for airlines for thirty years now and his wife thought this was something worth throwing a party for. We were at The Wildfire in Glenview. Some family members flew in from the coasts to celebrate Michael’s frequent flying.
As an avid traveler, Michael naturally has a love of cultures and languages, too. Particularly, French and German, his wife Gail told me over the phone.

MoiBeretSo, I wore my velour beret and spoke French—right from the start and unapologetically. I explained, in French, that the wife has flown me in from Paris expressly for this party. (My French is flawless when I’m with people who don’t speak any French , beyond merci and bon voyage. When I’m traveling in France, not so much. Ha.)
When I had to communicate with someone about sitting or turning, I gestured dramatically, just like a tourist. I have never done this before, but it worked. People were a little baffled, probably wondering how Gail and Michael got so rich all of a sudden to fly in a Paris artist just for this family get-together. By coincidence, my carrying case has the Eifel Tower on it. I would point to it and so there, what more proof do you need! Very funny. At the end of the party, when I drew Michael and Gail, I switched to German, because Gail had told me that German was his most fluent language. So now, Michael was baffled. What a treat for him. Really, very funny. I loved every minute of it and so did everybody else. Thank you, Gail! Onward and upward, Michael!
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13Dina713Dina7bGeorge wanted to be drawn with a mustache.  When I do a mustache, I do a MUSTACHE!

A birthday party doesn’t have to be huge or expensive to be festive and memorable.  George was turning eleven.  He invited just five friends to his house after school on a Wednesday before a no-school day in October.  The mom still went all out with decorations, a festive cake and that famous 13MeDinocaricaturist.  In one hour I drew all six kids in full color and then there was time left to draw the dog, super alert and affectionate creature, who was busy being hugged the whole time.  Thank you, Dina!

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Hard working employees deserve a couple of hours on the sunny patio.  They enjoyed food, games and caricatures by me. I drew twenty-eight people in two-and-a-half hours. Thank you, Caily!

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You know how magicians talk to distract you while they’re doing their sleight of hand?  It’s called banter.  Well, a good caricature artist also has to talk, not as much as a magician (a constant stream), but enough to make the person “in the hot seat” comfortable.  They’re being stared at and that can be weird.  Some people with a theatrical bent are in their element when they’re being stared at and you’d think that in our video-and-photo-crazy culture everybody would love this, but you’d be surprised.  I’ve been drawing people at parties for twenty-three years and I am keenly aware of this dimension in my work.  A caricature artist at your party has to relate to people. What I do is actually a little unsociable—hey, you’re staring at me!—and I have to make it look and feel normal.  So, when you’re thinking of hiring a caricature artist for your party, talk to him or her on the phone to get a sense of how sociable this person will be.  A big part of my work is reading the ambiance at a party and to reflect that in the drawings.  I have to adjust the humor to suit the occasion.  There’s always humor, but it’s different at a trade show, wedding, adult evening party or a six-year-old’s birthday.  Pretty interesting, huh?!

Here are some pictures from a birthday party celebration in the wine room at Wildfire in Glenview a few weeks ago.  It was a small gathering of womenwho sat around the large circular table.  Btw, when I open my mouth like that, I’m not screaming, just hamming it up a bit.  I felt like one of the family there.

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A small company in Glenview specializes in skylights.  How small?  Small enough to fit everybody into the party room at Hackneys on Lake and be drawn—with spouses—by that caricaturist, what’s her name, that famous one. But big enough to have clients in two-hundred-and fifty-nine cities.  I remember that number as the correct answer to one of the questions in the quiz game planned by the owner, who’s energy and wit is reflected in his  name—Buff.  He’s a math-and-science guy who also has perfect pitch in social encounters and in running the human relations of his company.  I enjoyed all his people, who seemed to have interesting and interested lives, with several of them being serious musicians.  Yeah!  Thank you, Buff and Jeff!

I’ll post a few of the pictures from that evening here.

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