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13TritonColl4bIn past years I’ve done Christmas parties at Triton College in River Grove.  It was a pleasure to be called 13TritonColl4back to do a summer event on this expansive campus. This was the first such picnic and the turnout was not as great as, I’m sure, it will be next year after word has gotten out about how well organized it is, the excellence of the food, the music and—ta-tah—that famous caricature artist Whatshername.

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Held on the family farm in yes, Wauconda,  the Crown 13Crown15Picnic features a white tent that, I’m guessing after counting the long tables, accommodates five-hundred people, at least.  What else? Oh, fine food, glass stem ware, table cloths and table napkins, buckets of cherries and the best chocolate chip cookies this side of the Blummer Chocolate Factory.  What else? Pony rides for the kids, also rides on hay wagons, a stilt walker a fantastic magician, the Banjo Buddies, face painters galore and caricature artists, ditto.  It really is la crème de la crème of picnics.  I’m among the eight 13Crown18caricaturists who have been doing this fabulous event for the past ten years.  I get to draw my biggest fans every year: Brigid, Fred, Joan, Boots, Cherrie, to mention a few.  Sigh. See you all next year and Peter & Carla, you better be there, I missed you this year!

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The venue for this Friday afternoon party was the company’s parking lot and not even all of it.  There was no company milestone to celebrate, no theme, no big deal.  It was just the annual summer picnic.

Some food, some music, some games and some caricatures by youknowwho.  It was a sunny afternoon in September set aside for everybody’s relaxation. It’s important to relax, it’s therapy, it’s worth the money.  Smart company.  Thank you, Todd!

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We’re back in October, me catching up again.  Here are some of the drawings of kids at that as-close-to-perfect-picnic –as- you- can -get for the Intelligrated Company in Bollingbrook.   (Earlier posts about this picnic, see Nov 8, 9, and 24.)———————————————————————————————-

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The next few posts will come out of this fantastic picnic I did in October for Intelligrated Systems.   I’ve decided to devote an individual post to one drawing and one subject, either couple or individual.  They all deserve this individual attention.  In fact, the event as a whole is filed in my memory under, TOPS, IDEAL, BEST.

I used to ask people to hold up the drawing under their chin so that I could get a record of both the face and the drawing as a way of documenting how I capture a likeness.  In the last couple of months I’ve adopted a different tactic.  Now I shoot the drawing while it’s still on the drawing board.  Then I turn the drawing around with my left hand and snap the shutter with my right.  This way I get the moment of truth, the moment when they react to the drawing without a trace of  self-consciousness.  I tell you, there’s nothing shallow about the caricaturing business.

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Anybody scrolling through these posts, especially recent ones, can see that I’ve been drawing a lot of kids.

There are two kinds of events: corporate and family, where more often than not, corporate events actually are family events, especially in the summer.  It’s been my experience over these past twenty-one years of drawing caricatures, that adults defer to kids.  Even if the mom or dad wins the caricature at the picnic, he or she will use that privilege to have the child drawn.

The second thing to notice about my work is that when I draw kids, I’m very kind.  I don’t think children should be drawn with strong humor, it’s just not appropriate.  Risking any hurt feeling is just not what I’m about.

But adults invite quite a different take.  I say, “invite,” because sometimes adults can be shy and cautious about getting a caricature.  But that’s rare.  Most of the time, they get it—totally!  They often challenge me to “go for it” or “give it all you’ve got”;   or they assure me, “I can take it.”  In that case, well, in that case, the marker moves very differently and what we get is a drawing that hits the funny bone and people throw their head back in uproarious laughter.

The drawing I’m featuring in this post is from the Tovar picnic. (Post 8.13.11)  This couple—gentle, sensible parents of one of the employees—told me to have fun with the drawing.  He was retired (was it from engineering, I can’t remember exactly now) and she was an avid gardener, that’s really all I heard from them.  Well, they thoroughly enjoyed this drawing! They deserved a post all to themselves here.

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The Crown Family Picnic is an annual event and I’ve been drawing caricatures there for the past seven years.  There are always six caricaturists with each artist developing a “following,” meaning a group of fans who come back year after year to be drawn.  People collect the drawings and, I’m told, frame them at home in a rec room or family room.  I have my own following.  I greet everyone by name and remember how I’ve drawn them in the past so that I can come up with something new this year.  My photo record is spotty –must be more thorough next year—so that I don’t have everyone to show off here.  But one of my all-time favorites is a couple I see every year there and with whom I exchange news about how life has been treating us. Here is how I’ve drawn this darling couple for the past five years.  I present to you, two people who inspire me,  Carla and Peter!

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