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wed2The wedding reception was at Harry Carey’s in the Westin Hotel in Lombard. Nobody was heard to say “Holy Cow,” not once all evening.  In fact, this is an elegant place.

I started drawing when lights got dimmed after dinner and I decided not to take pictures of the guests, only of the drawings, because fiddling with the camera can be tricky.   But I did get the last couple on camera as the man burst out in a loud howl over the drawing.  As you look at that, keep in mind that it  was the last drawing in a pretty, errmmm, lively evening. 

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This gig came in through GigMasters.  Here’s the bride’s comment on my work: “We loved her! She added a unique element to our wedding reception that would have been missing without her. Our guests loved her and what she drew. Overall, very happy with Katherine Hilden.”

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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:

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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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This young computer company is located in a leafy corporate park in Lombard.  The offices are spacious with good art on the walls. Dress is casual. Hey, everybody knows that we do our best thinking when we’re wearing sandals!  The reception area in the front is comfortably furnished but it needed something distinctive on the walls.  Ta-tah!  The office manager thought of caricatures.  She organized a little Friday lunch on the grounds and invited me to draw all of these thirty clever people, which I did amid much chatting in three hours. I thoroughly enjoyed this crowd.

I haven’t talked about technique in a while.  Here’s a tip when you judge a caricature:  few lines, the fewer 13SinglePath4bthe better.  That’s why I put Marty in the lead position here.  Few lines AND it looks like him.  The likeness, of course, is key.  If it doesn’t look like the person…well, what can you say, it’s embarrassing and a waste of T & M.  To get a likeness in a few minutes, like 3 or 4 (which was the case here), takes a lot of practice and then a lot of concentration. I love this work.

Here’s what the incomplete display looked like that afternoon.  Thank you, Laura!

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Raya and Stella

I drew at a double birthday party in Lombard, IL:  Raya turned five and Stella, her great-grandmother,  turned ninety.  It was a casual gathering of family and friends on the patio.  I love this scene.  The U-shaped house for maximum privacy in the back, the umbrella over the round table, the sun setting behind the trees in the distance, the kids standing around to watch me draw…I inspired them and they inspired me.  Stella, sharp and vivacious, told me that before her husband of sixty-two years died, they went dancing all days except Monday: “You got to sleep sometime.”

Congratulations Raya and Stella!  Thank you, Courtney and Alex..

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Reminder: As with all these posts, I show only a few of the many drawings I do at a party and sometimes it’s a hard choice.

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