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Here’s a gift for an uncle who’s retiring from the force,  that would be the Chicago Police Force.  He was assigned to security on the CTA.  Best to you, officer!  Thanks again, Dan, a pleasure working with your good ideas.

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David got this drawing as a retirement gift from Kraft. As a consummate salesman, he plans to help his daughter in her real estate business.

Let me point out a couple of expressive details in this drawing:

1) The bare feet tell us that the job is a piece of cake for him; if you squint a little and image him wearing shoes, the whole picture loses this ease.

2) The fat pencil on his ear tells us that he’s successful, he checks off houses on his list in a major way.

These details were inventions of mine, inspired by what the client told me she wanted the picture to convey.  To heighten the expressiveness of a drawing you have to let go of literalness.  The man literally wears shoes to his office, sits behind a desk, and clicks around on his computer.  But that scene makes for a dull picture.  So, we take off his shoes, put his office chair (golden!) on the lawn, and perch a check-that pencil on his ear.  You look at this and you get the message, instantly.

The drawing is 14 x 11, a wonderful size for me to work in because in this large size I can use a brush-tip marker which produces a juicy, calligraphic line. For the smaller size (8½ x 11) I use a finer marker, which is neat but can’t produce such a bold line.  Thank you, Elaine!

Best to you, David!

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Susan’s retirement phantasy:  reading crime novels.  In my caricature you’re wearing the ultimate detective garb, Ms. Sherlock.  Working at Topco was nice and getting this whimsical caricature of yourself is also pretty nice, hmmm.  Congratulations, Susan!

So, how does the process work?  Smoothly.

The photos of the person are emailed to me.  I make two or three pencil sketches and the client picks the one that most captures the likeness and the personality.  After that I work out the rest of the body.  When that is approved, I go for color.  The client comments and approves every step.  The final drawing is exactly what was approved.

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Donna G. is retiring from her many years at Topco and looking forward to her pool, many good books, and her six grandchildren frolicking around her in the back yard.  This drawing just flowed out of my pens, such fun.  Caricatures by Katherine Hilden are now a tradition at Topco for people who are retiring.   I think it’s a great idea, not just because I love doing these but because I can imagine the pleasure they bring to the recipients.    Congratulations, Donna!

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When Todd retired after thirty-four years at Kraft, the company honored him at an award dinner.  That kind of dedication needs to be noticed.  And then, well, he also needs a caricature that says it all. Best wishes, Todd! Thank you, Tom.

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