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14LangBaIt was most gratifying to be called back, this time to draw the guests at Dior’s first birthday party. I had been the caricaturist of choice at the baby shower last February (see https://katherinehilden.wordpress.com/2013/02/20/baby-shower-in-bronzeville/) and here she 14LangBbwas, ta-tah, such a lovely baby.
The birthday party was held in the gym early in March at the Y on Stoney Island at 63rd. Balloons everywhere, including large silver ones to spell out D-I-O-R!
Just a note about face painting. As you can see in these photos, sometimes face-painting can cover so much of the face that it functions like a mask. The child will be recognized by friends and family, but not by a newcomer, like me. I can save the day, however, by drawing the profile, which was what I did for many kids. It works. But party planners may want to set things up in such a way that those who want both a caricature and a face-painting, would have the caricature done first. That way there are more options. Still, the profile strategy works fine.
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13YMCAberwyn1bThere were other activities and, of course, lots of pasta 13YMCAberwyn1to eat, but someone was always there to be drawn.  I drew twenty-three people in two hours.  Thank you, Stephanie!

The two girls, who look so serious here (below), became my best friends.  They were at my side pretty much the whole evening, enjoying the drawing process and asking questions.  I love that.

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Early in May the Wabash YMCA at 38th Street held a celebration for Black and Hispanic teens.  The celebration 13WabashY18wasn’t outer-directed, it was about themselves.  Here we are, let’s get together.  There were table games, sports and caricatures by that famous artist, Whatshername.  I was set up next to some plant growing experiments, which I loved.  In two-and-a-half hours I drew twenty-seven kids plus one exercise instructor. Thank you, Ramon!

Here a few drawings from that afternoon and the reactions that went with them.  Fun for everybody, including me. ————

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The recent International Family Festival at the McGaw YMCA in Evanston featured music, dance, all sorts of freebees  from  local businesses and organizations, face painting and—ta-tah—caricatures by me.  It was an honor to be chosen from the list of Chicago area  caricaturists.  Thank you, Lawrence and Mary!

One boy’s father told him to get in line to be drawn, but instead of getting in line, the boy stood behind me to watch.  Grayson  was fascinated and asked good questions.  His father came back to tell him to stand in line, but Grayson preferred to learn. He is among the few who “get” it.  He wanted to know how I learned to draw so good, and I explained that you have to keep practicing.  He was eleven, the age when kids who love draw often trade in this solitary interest for more gregarious, conformist peer activities. Grayson was  delightful and good company, but I finally said he deserved to be drawn and he agreed to sit.  Thank you Grayson!

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The lobby at the Evanston YMCA is not some stainless steel walk-through.  It’s more a feast for the eye, with wood paneling and carvings and—for this occasion—festive lights.  For Arts Week we do need to get festive, people.  I have a certain bias here, granted, but participating in art is essential to human happiness.  There, I said it.

It was late afternoon on Friday.  Fathers and sons, mothers and daughters, and whole families crossed the mosaic floor to get to their work-out stations.  The pool at the Y is well attended, so that, not surprisingly, on the way out, there was a lot of wet hair.  No matter, I can fluff that up.  I drew twenty-one kids and four adults in two hours.  We sat in carved chairs with brocade-ish upholstery and chatted while I drew. Everyone was in good spirits.  The proximity of art will do that for you.  Also, haha, vigorous exercise.  Now, three days later, I enjoy recalling the names with their musical vowels and romantic historical references:  Eloise, Lucinda, Annabel, Sylvi, Emelina, Matias, Vanessa, Florencia, Holden, et. al.  All in all, a good work-out in the name of art.  Thank you, Shun.

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