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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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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.

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When the president of a company hires me to spend a whole day to draw everybody who works there, I know I’ll be looking at energetic, imaginative, intelligent, personable, interesting and interested people across my drawing board.  All of those characteristics go with a sense of humor.  And it takes a sense of humor to appreciate caricatures.

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t was an absolute delight to draw smart people who also had a sense of humor. Humor is a cerebral function.  I haven’t done much theorizing in these posts, but it’s time to mention the French philosopher Henri Bergson.  Bergson wrote about laughter and humor around 1900 and in the first two decades of the 20th century.  I highly recommend looking him up.  You can start with https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Laughter_(book)

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Humor is related to creativity.  In our own time, there’s much talk about creativity, but humor seems to be off the list of speaker topics.  We get jokes, yes.  But what’s the psychology of humor, not so much.  Touchy subject, you know, given the rules about political correctness.

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I highly recommend this presentation by John Cleese linking humor and creativity:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PQ0lck7oo4A

IMG_9524You’ll see that PC is overshadowed by the importance of tickling your brain with a joke, even a not so PC joke.   All in the interest of getting at the “open mode,” in which creative thinking is possible.

IMG_9521he link between humor, intelligence and creativity was confirmed in all those faces I drew this past Tuesday.  No wonder, I was privileged to draw my caricatures at EZlocal, rated among the country’s top one hundred SEO companies.

http://www.marketwired.com/press-release/topseoscom-announces-rankings-of-100-best-local-seo-companies-for-february-2016-2100845.htm

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As the old Monty Python silly walker tells us, you get things done in the “closed mode” but if you don’t know how to get into the “open mode” you won’t come up with anything interesting and worthwhile to do.  The president at EZlocal obviously knows this.  Maybe intuitively, without theoretical terminology, but he knows it. He had the place buzzing. It was a privilege to be there.  Inspiring!

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Thank you, Jim!  And thanks for wanting the work in color!

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It’s been two years since I last drew everybody at this computer company for their “Wall of Fame.” See https://katherinehilden.wordpress.com/2013/09/25/wall-of-fame-in-lombard/
Lombard2The company has grown and an update was called for. An in-house party was arranged, with lots of food, and I got to draw the new crew members. This is fun. I like computer techies. My relationship with my own PC gets turbulent from time to time, but I enjoy the people who know all about hard drives and video cards. They have a sense of humor, are skeptical, listen between the lines, are often musical, and have good hair, even when they’re bald. Sorry about that last bit, I really just like chatting with people who are as alert as these folks are. Thank you again, Laura.
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AbelK9It’s a privilege to be the artist of choice for this unit of the Chicago Police. This is the K9 and you know what that means, don’t you. It stands for canine, so clever, rah-rah. So, these are the officers who work with highly trained dogs. I do love drawing the faces, but I have to confess, the dogs are more fun to draw. That’s obvious. The cop is angular and official looking and the puppy gets to carry the humor part in the drawing, cross eyed and tongue hanging out. Thanks again, Cindi.
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It was a home health care organization and one of the relatives threw a big bash at his house and driveway to 13FreemanAhonor these hard working people.  Big bash in a small, but superbly remodeled home.  We’re in Evergreen Park, across the street from a park where two baseball games were underway on this Saturday afternoon.  I drew 21 people in 2 hours.  The pace was unhurried everyone had a hearty sense of humor and you can tell from the photos that people got tickled by these drawings. Thank you, Dominic!

13FreemanSetUpBtw, my set up is compact, about 4’ square.  Here’s what it looked like in Dominic’s living room.

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They flew in and drove in from both coasts and from Texas.  They had been stationed in Germany back in the seventies when they were in their twenties. The deep friendship among these people was apparent and very moving to me.  Some came with spouses and some came solo just to be with their buddies for a few hours. The camaraderie and humor among them inspired me. Thank you, Leanna.

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