Caricature of Mercedes gullwing and man

Where’s My KEYS??

So who’s driving anyhow?? I am a diehard gearhead, gang — I have loved cars my whole life as best I can remember… I started driving at age 14 I think when my cousin Gale put me behind the wheel of her ’53 Ford station wagon and I drove — very slowly —  most of the way back from Williamsburg south to our hometown of Jellico, back in Tennessee. Highly illegal of course. Gale was a lot of fun. Here is a doctor I sketched recently. LOVE the car! I mean, the Car, not referring to my little sketch. These mid-fifties gullwing Mercedes are selling for unbelievable sums now, if… Read More

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Kelly’s Heroes

When I was asked to draw a sort of different family sketch recently, it hit home. This was for the wife, Kelly, going in for surgery for breast cancer, requested by the devoted husband. Great guy who obviously adores his wife. He wanted a sketch of the whole crew for her to have as a morale booster during her difficult moments. After much discussion we ended up with this image — She loved it, I hear now. And tests done since are GOOD, the husband said. Fabulous! Since Diane has done so well since her breast cancer surgery and chemo, I wonder if it is more common now, having complete… Read More

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Terrifying Diagnosis

Blog Repost: Last winter, about this time, I had a bit of pneumonia. Docs did some scans and X-Rays, gave me antibiotics and all went well. But they apparently kept seeing something here and there that troubled them, and kept calling me back for more tests over the last year. More X-Rays. CAT scan. Then another CAT scan. Then last Thursday I had a PET Scan, which was supposed to confirm all was good. Okay, maybe I am finally all right and we can forget all this. Right? The docs were mostly concerned, I am sure, for two reasons. One, because I have a serious asthma issue of some forty… Read More

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Harley Lovers, Times Three

I was recently approached by a gentleman needing a gift for his work colleagues. They were hard to buy for — until he thought of their shared LOVE of Harley-Davidson motorcycles. Yes! It took him a bit to find our Cars & Trucks caricature drawings on www.drawme.com but once there he knew the gift was in the bag. The bike shown is by no means precisely correct, but it is intended to be a vintage Harley with sidecar. The 1% on the shirt to our right refers to an old biker movie (The Wild One with Marlon Brando) in which it is argued that only One Percent of bikers are… Read More

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Fab Quick Lunch

Diane’s Fabulous Minestrone Soup Vegetarian, amazingly good THIS MAKES A HUGE POT OF SOUP 9 TABLESPOONS OLIVE OIL 3 MINCED WHITE ONIONS 1.5 CUP CHOPPED ZUCCHINI 1.5 CUP FROZEN CUT ITALIAN GREEN BEANS 1.5 STALK MINCED CELERY 12 CLOVES MINCED GARLIC 12 CUPS VEG BROTH 6 CANS RED KIDNEY BEANS 15 OZ 6 CANS GREAT NORTHERN OR SMALL WHITE BEANS  15 OZ 3 CANS PETITE DICED TOMATOES 14 OZ 1.5 CUP SHREDDED CARROT 6 TABLESPOONS MINCED PARSLEY 4.5 TEASPOONS DRIED OREGANO 4.5 TEASPOONS SALT 1.5 TEASPOONS BLACK PEPPER 1.5 TEASPOON DRIED BASIL 3/4 TEASPOON DRIED THYME 9 CUPS HOT WATER 12 CUPS FRESH BABY SPINACH 1.5 CUP SMALL SHELL PASTA… Read More

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An Interview with WHO??

Recently I was invited to discuss the caricature business with Jean Neuhart of Weddings From The Heart. Having admired her posts on Linkedin for some time, that was way flattering. The interview was just published and predictably enough, she did a terrific job. Thank you, Jeannie! Here’s the link, gang: Dennis Porter interview

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Stan Lee, an American Original

I had the pleasure of meeting Mr. Lee when he spoke in Springfield some years back; great guy, signed my drawing of him. His talk was terrific and he could not have been nicer to the endless line waiting to meet him. Including me! He earned his respect; his 1960s writing is still amazing after all these years… He looked at my drawing, done live as I waited in line, and said, “Hey, that’s pretty good!” From a guy who dealt with Jack Kirby and Steve Ditko that was high praise indeed. He will be missed. I also wrote him more recently, expressing my thanks for his example in my… Read More

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DIFFERENT Fun for the Kiddies

It is often a chore for parents, teachers and others to come up with fresh, different ideas to entertain children at parties. There are only so many things you can do, especially on the typical limited budget and time available. Kids are like anyone else — they appreciate something new and novel, an unusual and fun experience, right? Sure, of course. So what do ya do, anyhow?? Here is an idea that was a LONG time coming to me and to my knowledge it’s nothing anyone else is offering out there (please advise if you find out differently). While drawing at an outdoor picnic a long time ago with my… Read More

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Wedding Receptions ROCK!

After all these years in the Live Sketch caricature business, I have seen it all — ya think? Naaaaaahhhh… Not a chance, gang… I did this little item for a delightful couple in England (thanks to the internet, of course) for their wedding invitations and it was on display at the reception I believe. Never DID know what the CAT girls bit was about, but, hey, it’s their big day, so give them what they want, right? The BMW Honeymoon image below was commissioned by the Elvis-guy pal in the background there… He produced a CD with some joke songs he wrote for them and this was the CD cover.… Read More

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ARTIST SETUP @ Your Event

So you hired a quick sketch artist for your big event? Terrific! The layout will probably look something like these images… I speak for all us who work in live entertainment when I beg you most sincerely — PLEASE place us AWAY from the loudspeakers. The noise is brutal, to us AND to your guests. If your DJ can keep the volume down, your event will be far more enjoyable for all, believe me. Please contact me if you have questions.

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Celebrating RECOVERY…

UNIQUE PROJECT… Recently I was contacted by an amazing young mother with a very specific wish. Her daughter had been in a catastrophic accident — not expected to survive for a time — and mom wanted a drawing of her in recovery mode. So. Here she is, half her face paralyzed, unable to smile there, with surgical tape over part of her glasses (therapy, somehow). I left off the tracheotomy and some other items that have since been evolved through… The mom LOVED the pencil workup and the BW, now also loves this image, so all is well. And she was kind enough to grant my go-ahead to publish here… Read More

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Is Your Event a CIRCUS??

Last weekend I was invited to sketch at one of the most fun events in my long history of Party Drawing. It seemed to be amazing for everyone there, far more than my usual, which is saying a lot. I do not say that lightly… after about forty years of drawing at thousands and thousands of events — parties, picnics, wedding receptions. company parties, trade shows, conventions, commercial gatherings (and a LOT more you don’t want to know about) — I am highly conscious of what a super job this is, that I am actually paid to have a good time. After all, if the artist is bored, the drawing… Read More

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