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The wedding ceremony was held in Grant Park, near Buckingham Fountain.  The family then gathered in a private dining room in a fabulous and famed seafood restaurant on Grant near Michigan Ave.  There were forty people and I drew every one of them in three hours—and in color. This is a new record.  Something to crow about, I guess.  I’m sure the congenial atmosphere helped me pull this off, and the fact that everybody was completely at ease, to the point of teasing each other.  Believe me, this flows into the drawings.  I work very much with the whole ambiance of the event.

The first drawing (top) was of the bride and groom, with me inventing the casual clothing for the sake of color and also because they encouraged an informal atmosphere for their reception.  The drawing was then framed by a mat and placed on an easel, where all the guests signed it.  A lovely idea.

Thank you, Renee and Eric!

I’ll show some of the drawings here, omitting the mug shots because you already know from previous posts that the likeness I catch is right on.  I just want to document how distinctive the faces really are.  Please, take some time to study these drawings. There’s no generic way to draw a face—for me, anyway.  This is important.

That last couple encouraged me to pull all the stops and have fun with it.  I did and they loved it. So did everybody else.

And now a drawing of a little girl. Once again:  I draw kids with very different humor than adults.  This is also important.

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The wedding ceremony itself may be formal or informal, but the receptions are becoming more and more relaxed.  Even when the reception is held in a crystal chandeliered banquet hall, where the chairs are covered in white satin and wrapped with large bows (see July 19, “Wedding in Addison;” and July 29, “Wedding at Chateau Bu Sche” ), the feeling remains informal. Both the immediate family and the guests go to quite a bit of trouble to work out the details of the event and so, when they get to the reception at the end of the day,  they are ready to relax.  Perfect for a caricaturist!  I love doing weddings.

The reception for Kirsten and Rodney, in early October, was held at Francesca’s in Elmhurst. I enjoyed the wonderful friendly atmosphere.  People even brought me tidbits from the buffet, the occasional  small plate with easy finger food—mmm, yumm—to keep the artist fueled.  When everything goes  well on such a big day, it’s nice to end it with mirth and levity.  Hey, it’s what I do!

Shown here, a small sample of the many guests I drew that evening. I had drawn the bridal couple, K & R, from photos ahead of time and that drawing was on my table as I drew the guests.  (See Oct 5, “Engagement in the Lake”).  It’s great to work with imaginative people.

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