One of the small but fun things about being a caricature artist — and there are LOTS to choose from on that list — is drawing sketches of strangers without their knowledge. Stealth drawings!

I do that a lot in restaurants and bars, just for fun.

Never try to get paid of course, just notice an interesting face, quietly do the drawing at a distance and then (usually) ask the waitress to deliver it.

Then just sit back and watch, when the person takes the little sheet of paper — What’s this?? — as the recognition kicks in — Yow, that’s ME!!

Then smile and wave and leave them alone. You can imagine the conversations. “Hey, I got a surprise at lunch, look at this!”

Sure. No big thing, certainly, but gives a smile to all concerned. At least hopefully so.┬áThis was our waiter at Maggiano’s Little Italy in Kenwood Towne Center, Cincinnati some time back. Nice fellow. Loved his drawing!


Restaurant waiter

Maggiano’s restaurant waiter — Wine bottle label: El Cheapo De La Vino