I have some of the most fun clients in the world, surely, and a lot of them come with rather interesting Backstories… Such as the good people at The Coral Company, up in Cleveland, Ohio.
They scheduled me to come and draw at a big Open House deal in Cincinnati many, many years ago. Big investment they had, fabulous home, gonna have a LOT of people in and I was to draw a lot of those prospective buyers. Sure.
Snow. Lots and lots of snow, baby. Nobody showed. Nobody. Just a big, expensive and new home and five bored real estate professionals and one useless caricature guy. Booked for four hours there, too.
“Well, hey, I will leave, guys, I am costing you a lot of money.” No, they said, maybe we will get busy, it will be fine. So I drew those people several times over, and in there while sketching Peter, the head guy, he mentioned collecting nice expensive writing pens. So I drew a big penpoint coming out of his head… Big hit! Ha! So I drew them all in various silly setups showing their interests and we had a few laughs.
Since then the Coral Company has sent me photos of their various employees and I have drawn those faces with odd and funny aspects to twist the image around. Lots of fun!
They have a display in their lobby of a few of the dozens of sketches I have done… I stopped in recently and took these pics. Love the Coral Company!
They get pretty weird and it’s hard to be original after a point. Where else would I get to draw the inside of a park trash can to show this fellow, Rusty, loves to HIKE??
Last one: Here is Jeff, a Cleveland guy who loves his town. The phone number at bottom on the little sign is the Coral Company main number. Seemed funny to me at the time… I like the deportation to Canada bit…