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We’re back on Mt. Adams in Cincinnati.

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Here are four I didn’t show in the last post. And that’s because for these, color was crucial.  It’s all about hair.

I love drawing a couple where he is bald and she has long blond hair.  But this only works in color.  Imagine if her strands of wafting hair behind his dome were just horizontal wavy lines.  Wouldn’t work.  But in color the effect is, as the woman obviously thought, hilarious.

Similarly with redheads.  This drawing works so well because my markers can celebrate the orange and gold of his hair and—please, notice—the thick fuzz on his arms. And then, the contrast between the two people can only be brought out in color.

Dear fans, color takes only a little longer then black/white. Not much.  Working in color does not involve “coloring in.”  From the very beginning, it’s a different way of working.  I can say so much in color, that in b/w couldn’t be said at all or only with a lot of extra –and time-consuming—lines.

Think color!

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… and still looking twenty years younger.  The host’s youthfulness came up in Bernard2the conversations I overheard.  One woman said, when she started working in his office fifteen years ago, they asked her how old she thought Tom was.  She said, twenty-four?  He was forty-five.

It’s not just the prodigality of hair, which is probably the first thing you notice—not touched up, btw.  It’s also his big, oh-so-present eyes.  And then, the casual enthusiasm, so youthful.  Just one more thing: he makes surreal sculptures, some displayed on the mantle.  The man claims to be sixty.

I did Tom’s fiftieth birthday party at a posh Streeterville restaurant ten years ago. It was wonderful to be called back for the sixtieth.

Bernard3Lots of family, some old friends, some new friends.  Among the new friends is a history teacher who’s also a bit of a royalist.  He requested to be drawn as a Hapsburg.  By-gone glory is fun to draw.

In the gallery (below) notice the art-class references. Tom, a business man, met some of his long-time friends in art classes at the Art Institute. Among his friends are art teachers, models and actors.  Is it any wonder I felt so at home with this crowd?!

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About the art of caricature in general, one note about color:  My technique is now so fast, that working in color does not take that much longer than a line drawing.  A minute or two longer.  If you look at the above drawing of those three artists, notice how effective the red tongue is, or the very French red striped shirt on the art teacher wearing a French Beret. Not to mention nudity.   Many people understand  this intuitively, which may explain the fact that I’ve been asked to work so much in color lately.  Lucky me. Lucky guests.

Thanks, Tom and Rich, for a wonderful party with people who get what I do.  Even the relatives from Kankakee (!!!)  liked my work.

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When this drawing of Delaney and her friends and sister was done, it was immediately put up in 13Mokena1Delaney’s room.  Pretty safe to say, it was a hit.  Girls that age are fun to draw, but not without some  challenges.  For one thing, all that hair.  For another, they want it funny, but you know, like, not too funny.  But obviously, they loved this.  Thank you, Colleen.  Happy Birthday, Delaney!

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The sunny party room at Walker Bros in Lincolnshire—perfect setting for a sunny crowd of sixteen year-old girls.  I drew all twenty-five of them in two hours.  That means, black-white, goes fast, and only the birthday girl gets the whole body drawing.  As you can see, the head already has all the cheerful information.  Now, let’s talk about hair, long hair.  If there’s a sixteen-year old out there with an alternative haircut, please, stand up and shout. But no, long long hair—must be a rule. De rigeur.  Just kidding, but if there were the occasional short hair, the drawing would go so much faster.  So, like, who cares.  Happy Birthday, Rebecca!

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