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Dax1Dave & Buster’s in the Hawthorn Mall is categorized as a “sports bar” but as far as the eye could see, at least my eye, it was all about video games, humongous ones that Dax3popped and shrieked. On the periphery, surprisingly enough, there were sound proofed meeting rooms.  This is where the upper echelons of an international pharmaceutical company held their all-day conference to discuss marketing  and other business nuances I don’t understand.  I was called in to draw four panel members, one of whom was retiring to his home town in Japan and was to receive my drawing as a going-away gift.  I walked in at the designated time, sat down inconspicuously and drew the four heads in a few minutes.  Then I disappeared into the adjacent room, drew in the bodies and slid it into the frame that my host had provided, complete with the mat that the team members had already signed.  The $20 frame was sturdy and elegant.  What a great gift idea for the man who has everything!  Thank you, Dax.—————————–

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Earlier this month, an executive at DePaul University got this caricature from a colleague at his retirement. Says it all, doesn’t it! I love simplifying a drawing  so that the feeling comes through, without cluttering it up. Notice, even the Blackhawk on the shirt is smiling.
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14CopLastRollCallHe was retiring (yes, indeed) and very formal in his demeanor.  He had the habit of addressing his crew from a lectern.  I asked if I could at least have him standing at the side of the lectern so that the drawing would have some character.  Granted.  I’m sure the recipient liked the drawing as a retirement gift, but geez, this project didn’t utilize my talent for wildening things up a bit.  To wilden up, v.t. — look it up in your Funk and Wagnelis.  Thank you, again, Dan!

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13RetiringChgoPoliceCouple

A married couple, both Chicago Police Officers, worked together and—ta-tah—got to retire at the same time.  My drawing of them, I was told, would be presented at a big party at the station.  I like that!  One of the things, I’m sure that people will comment on is the fact that her hair is long and blowing in the wind instead of being pinned up, according to Police Department regulations.  Thank you again, Dan!

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TopcoMaureenKenOpera

It’s a tradition at Topco:  when you retire you get a caricature by that famous artist Whathername.  I love doing these projects. It’s not just getting the likeness, but then drawing in just enough of the hobby or interest to add character without detracting from the person or cluttering up the image.   In this case, I dealt with a music lover.  Needless to say, I’m partial to people with a passion for the arts.  I really enjoyed drawing Ken as an opera lover, a collector of guitars and a world traveler.  Thanks again, Maureen!

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Topco Man Loves Car, Retires

That’s all I know and need to know:  the man worked for Topco and retired to devote himself to his terrific little car.  Happy trails to you, Kevin!  Thanks again, Maureen.

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