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And now up to Dawson’s in Brownsburg for the retirement party of a General Surgeon & Chief Medical Officer at a teaching hospital nearby.  Medical types work very hard at, you know, life-and-death matters.  They need to laugh out loud every now and then. So, naturally, to make that happen the son found me.

The guest of honor’s alma mater was Butler and he’s still a devoted basketball fan. You can find him in the gallery below, dribbling crosscourt.

But I’m leading with some lab people, who came out funniest of the whole bunch, don’t you think?

Thank you, Michael.

  

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Ajun is a physical therapist with a kind, gentle manner that comes through in the Lincolnwood2first few minutes of anyone talking with him.  My job is to draw him funny. How can I do that?  Saying something that is obviously the opposite of what you mean is one way to be funny.  So I drew Ajun as assertive and tough, as in “you talkin’ to me!?”

He cracked up.  Everyone got the joke.

Lincolnwood Place is a retirement/assistant living community.  This was an afternoon party for the staff. I’ve done many staff parties in retirement and nursing homes and I’m always amazed at how energetic and cheerful these people are. I can’t imagine that work being easy.  They Lincolnwood3certainly deserved this afternoon of food, games, music and, ta-tah, my drawings.

Thank you, Lori!

As you can see, some people got into it and let their hair down.

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This gig came through GigMasters, who encourage clients to give feedback and an evaluation of the artist after the event.  Here’s what the Director of Human Resources wrote:

Katherine Hilden was without a doubt 10 STARS!!! She was the highlight of our employee picnic. She was hired as the character artist & the employees loved her. She is great at what she does, very respectful & talented. Very reasonably priced. We want to hire her for every single employee picnic in the future. Its Monday morning & the staff is still talking about how great Katherine was.

Thanks again, Lori!  I loved this party.

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KitchenAid
This drawing was commissioned by a KitchenAid office in Wisconsin as a gift to a colleague whose specialty was demonstrating the use of these machines in television programs. She was retiring after many years and hundreds of television programs. The juggling motif comes in handy in a case like this. It allows me to show that this person is energetic and enthusiastic even though in her tv demos she was standing behind a counter and the KitchenAid machines were also just standing there. Bo-o-o-ring, not allowed.
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SleeveRip
Chicago Police Officer retires. He loves his job, loves Chicago, loves his Harley. He is shown ripping off the sleeve with the CPD star to reveal a tattoo on his bicep: #1 Tact Guy. Now, I don’t know what that refers to. Is “tact” short for “tactical,” or was he the most tactful guy on the force? Or is tact a tactile part of the Harley engine? No matter, this was fun to draw. Anytime you come up with an activity to put into the drawing, the work will be stronger than, say, having someone sit at a desk with a lot of awards around him/her. Oh, please, give me a ripping idea and I’ll tactically ride with it.
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I just noticed something about this drawing, which was done a few weeks ago.  The line that indicates the mountains around Las Vegas can be interpreted as a “stress graph.”  You can see it to the right of the retiring executive and above the swimming pool.  It’s a mountain and it’s also a graph line. The line goes up, peaks, and then—with retirement—descends.  That’s it, Frank, no more stress, no more tension, it’s all sixes from now on.  Congratulations!

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That would be canine.  K9 is apparently the dog training unit in the police force. I don’t know what any of the other professional jargon means, like “blank.”  So here we have this attentive lab, Quendy,  with a rolled up towel in her mouth.  Doesn’t she look eager and trustworthy!  The trainer, who is retiring, also looks pretty solid, doesn’t she.  Thanks again, Dan and Cindy.

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The colleague who commissioned the drawing later told me that the officer cried tears of joy when she received this. It’s very rewarding for me to hear comments like that. A successful caricature is full of insight and the recipient should instantly feel understood and connected.

Thank you, Cindy.

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