Biker Girls Rock!

Our for a quick ride! This was a surprise gift, if memory serves here, done from photos of this young woman and other pics of her bike… Notice the lack of background — makes the drawing a lot less expensive and does not hurt the image, right? Also, see anything odd about the bike?? The wheels are floating… This was a trick I was years figuring out — it is way hard to draw motorcycles and bicycles mainly because of the infrastructure supporting the wheels like chain drives and shock absorbers. I think this looks okay. What do you think?? Anyhow, I hear she loved the sketch. But, again, that… Read More

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How About PERMANENT FUN??

ENTERTAINMENT That LASTS — Drawing caricatures at a trade show booth is always fascinating, given the relentless flow of interesting professionals that wait in line for a drawing at the client booth space. I always try to work some part of the subjects’ INTERESTS into the sketch. “What do you do for fun?” I often ask, or “Do you like golf? Do you have a hobby?” When possible, those interests will be factored in, making that two-minute sketch much more personal for that person. It will almost certainly be framed and displayed forever — showing the client LOGO and maybe Website, too. What also works is the sales staff can comfortably… Read More

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HOW LONG YA BEEN DOING THIS??

“SO HOW LONG HAVE YA BEEN DOING THIS, ANYHOW??” Caricature artists get that question more than any other…   I started out in this business — drawing live caricatures — thanks to my ex-wife, Janie, who  worked in a nightclub in Piqua, Ohio. Before that I had done sketches of politicians, mainly, in my editorial cartoons for newspapers back in the 1970s. No great success there. Ah well…  The club wanted to have caricatures of their regular customers and she introduced me — after a bit of negotiation, the club and I worked out a deal. For about the next year I went there on Wednesday evenings — and drew one… Read More

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FAMILY PORTRAIT, CARICATURE — ??

A fabulous young lady contacted us from England some time back with a family portrait concept I had never done before… You may recognize the layout here, eh?  The fellow in center is her uncle, I believe, and she commissioned this for a big birthday coming up for him at the time. I hear he loved it! Please see other images done as Surprise Gifts at www.DRAWME.com and thanks for reading!

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Crack of Dawn Show

Yesterday morning Diane was just getting into her wheelchair by our bed when she suddenly gasped — “Oh! Look at the SKY!” We had been struggling so hard to get her out of bed and dressed then briefly standing to spin around and sit in her chair I had not looked outside at all. What we saw was a lot like this image, taken last year from the same spot. Fabulous! She loves that kind of thing as much as I do and it’s neat to share with someone you care about, right? Sure thing. I hope you have a beautiful day.

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Franklin Fall Fest…

Every year I am invited to draw at the Franklin Fall Fest and it’s a neato time for all… THIS year it was FREEZING, not our usual weather, so we backed up next to the big bonfire and drew from there. My grandson Jake drew caricatures with me for an hour, free of charge, getting some experience in this business and did just great… Toward the end this young lady and her GIANT Great Dane came over for a sketch. Fun time! 

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Our First E-Book!

Hey, I love to write. Over the years I have written hundreds (thousands?) of newspaper articles, features, columns and lots and lots of short stories, songs… Okay, you get my drift. Sure. And somewhere in there I wrote a book on how to draw caricatures (and make a living at it, that chapter is usually MISSING in such books) and a novel. The original concept of the novel — set in the 1980s, about a starving caricature artist in Dayton, Ohio — is a bit of a mystery, no idea where that came from…  But I digress. Throw in my collected short stories as another book and my numerous bad… Read More

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Artist Setup at Your Event

Here is the setup I used for my event last night. When you are planning a party or trade show or other event and hire and artist to entertain your guests, it’s pretty likely they will need a setup similar to this.  Three chairs, so more than one person can be sketched in one drawing — lots of couples last night! — and sample drawings displayed to give some idea of the images likely to be produced… Also I leave out some business promotional material just in case, unless there is a reason not to do so — if I am booked via an agency or other outside entity I… Read More

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Rough Layout to Final Art

Often when someone asks about a studio drawing they are not sure what I mean by a rough layout. I have found that it’s best to work up a quick pencil sketch to show — usually by email — so the client can see what I have in mind. Then they can more easily picture the final piece. This example below, for instance, features one of my infamous Waving Hands — which sometimes is not desired. It was okay this time, so the rough was pretty close to the final except for the book title. This young lady wrote the novel Gargoyle In The Seine, so that fits, eh? Below is a… Read More

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Are Ya NASCAR Fans??

This was done some time back; there was a connection with P&G and this fellow loved NASCAR and tennis, if memory serves here… Which it often does NOT… These sketches are fun, with the person’s interests sent to me on a list and then I try to find a way to factor them into the image and try to make it all make some kind of sense. Never a dull moment, gang. 

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Party Fun Option??

This Shelby Mustang drawing was created for our friends at Beau Townsend Ford as part of a company event for the dealership — note the blank areas in the image. That leaves room for guests at the event to be DRAWN into the car… Over lo these many, many years I have had a LOT of imprinted drawing paper produced, with the clients coming up with some way-interesting (oddball) ideas for their events. And, hey, who am I to argue, right? Right! It’s your party pal, anything you want, sure…  The Dayton Dragons had several versions of their dragon image done up…  This fellow was sketched into the blank spaces on… Read More

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Speak To ME, Please…

My fabulous little wife Diane went out for a lunch and a bit of shopping with her daughter Heather last week… and had the same insulting experience in all three shops they visited. They went in and after DIANE spoke up and got attention for them, the other person IGNORED her and addressed her adult daughter. They ignored her because — we think — Diane is in a wheelchair. In a big power wheelchair full time now for about fifteen years. She deals with the difficulties gracefully and cheerfully every day, always happy and always busy. But this experience was new for her and quite upsetting. In all three shops, she… Read More

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