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Dennis Porter Caricature Artist -- Fun entertainment for parties, trade shows as artist draws quick-sketches of your guests

Biden vs. Trump 2020…

Joe Biden takes on President Trump in a big dustup race for the White House

Interview: Caricature Artist Dennis Porter

Caricature artist interview — a brief and fun discussion with Christina Wald of the Cincinnati Illustrator’s group, some time back… It’s weird to BE interviewed after all these thousands of live events, drawing in retail venues and otherwise sketching someone face to face, because the focus is always the other way — I tend to…
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Trade Show? Plan NOW…

This current state of panic and freeze-frame will not last forever, obviously. So let’s plan for success down the road a bit. When, exactly, we can HAVE the next trade show is not certain at this point but let’s be ready to rock when the green light finally shows, right? Right? Sure thing. Because a…
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Research & Parasols

Above is a young doctor going in to research, already serving in the US military– wow, what an ambitious young lady! Rock on there, doc, and thanks for your service! (This was drawn from photos, likely a surprise gift, done with input on her interests to make the sketch more personal…) LIVE drawing! This young…
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NFL Man & St. X Fan

Today we have from the archives a four-minute sketch of a terrific young guy who LOVES football and plans on dominating the National Football League in time to come. This was drawn at the Five Seasons not too long ago. He was really a great kid, I remember. Below, this gentleman was — and is!…
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Gonna Get MARRIED??

Hey, what a big day you have planned, eh? Diane and I had a FABulous time at our wedding & reception. Family, friends, great fun… If I can draw at your reception please advise. It will make for some lovely memories on the walls when you visit those good people who were on hand for…
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Writer & Basket Case

This gentleman was a contributor to the sadly now-defunct Dayton City Paper. I did drawings of the writers and other contributors to the arts weekly that published here for many years… It was destroyed, I hear, in a surprising embezzlement scheme. A shame, too, a great little newspaper now gone… Another studio drawing, color as…
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Order Sketch, Dad’s girl x3

Below is an example of our basic offering on emailed drawings — you send us a photo and I sketch that person’s face, mail it back: $20 total. We pay postage and all, not too bad, maybe? Further down, a color example… Below we have a sample done some time back from a VERY proud…
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Freak Show du jour: Tiger King!

I confess I have NOT watched this limited series of television shows — it sounds like a rolling train wreck of an actual life, not just fiction. Maybe it’s all bogus, who knows? Anyway, here is a fellow who’s apparently enjoying his Fifteen Minutes of Fame — The Tiger King!! Tags: event entertainment

Cute couple, Brietling biker

This young couple were drawn at a Procter & Gamble event and were hilarious, lots of laughs during their four-minute sketch. You have to appreciate good company, even if you just have a short time together, right? This gentleman was just graduating medical school and LOVED his bike and way-upscale watches. Me, I am FAR…
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Team shot, Small to nowhere, Six Pack

After lo these many years at the drawing game I am still consistently thrilled and amazed at the sheer variety of projects that come our way. (The “Our” being Diane here at the office and me at the drawing board.) Here are three fun items including one that did NOT launch… Tags: event entertainment

Child’s Gift, Military Twosome

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Maybe a REAL Surprise Gift??

A wacko sketch — drawn from photos — to fit this fellow’s interests, from loving the film GLADIATOR to a few experiences at work he still catches flak about… Note the banana in the tree, eh? I hear he loved it… Tags: Business promotion, DrawMe BLOG

Drawing BIDEN! Or Not!

Having been a working caricature artist for about forty (!) years now, there are a few inescapable truths I have stumbled over — or crashed into — along the way. The first is likely the hardest to accept: Resemblance, Like Beauty, is DEFINITELY In The Eye Of The Beholder. Oh yeah! Amen, brother, accept it…
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Mystery Via Japan

Digging around in the chaos of my little home office, trying to find a useable chipboard to place in a sketch going into the mail very soon now — should have been mailed out yesterday — I found a little surprise. — This rather cute young lady’s drawing. Done by myself back in December of…
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Too Much Talk??

Just over a month ago I received an inquiry about a few studio drawings intended as Christmas gifts for family. Sure thing! We discussed it, of course — one large group sketch of almost twenty people, plus two full body drawings of young children… Normally I do up rough layouts and email those over so…
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A Day In The (D&D) Life

REPOSTING AN OLD BLOG HERE; A TYPICAL DAY FOR US — Friday I was getting ready to leave for my party way up north of Dayton when I noticed Diane seemed unhappy. Lots to do, but I had to stop and check this out. She is always so upbeat and easily amused. I asked what…
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Well, Hi there, Jack!

At a recent event I had an unusual moment of peace and quiet as the guests finished up their drinks and snacks, so I started the drawing you see here, strictly from memory — One of our favorite actors, eh? Sure thing… No photo source, just winging it a bit. And drawing this reminded me…
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FABulous Interview

Our pal Jean Neuharth of Weddings From The Heart has exquisite taste in her choice of interview subjects… Take a look! Meet The Pros – Interview with Caricatures by Dennis Porterweddingsfromtheheartblog.net Tags: DrawMe BLOG

Wear RED Day

Today is the official day to WEAR RED, showing support for women’s health issues… Diane dealt with breast cancer a few years ago in her usual fashion — tremendous determination, strength and relentless goofy good humor — going through surgery and endless chemo from that wretched wheelchair. No problems since, BUT some sort of mass…
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Planning a Wedding??

Not an easy task, eh? Lordy, it’s gotta be a lot of work for anyone. And it’s the sort of thing we do not go through OFTEN enough to get good at it, right? (Then again, some people DO go through it kinda frequently, do they not? Anyhow –) No, it’s tough planning a very…
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What Are YOU Working On?

Today on LinkedIn there was a novel little post by a young lady named Kelley, an event planner, telling us her current project list and closing with a question: What are YOU working on? I thought that was a cool question to throw out here and responded with this: Hi Kelley, Thanks for asking! Today…
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Blast From The PAST

Hi Dennis, The other night I was unpacking a couple of boxes containing photos & photo frames when I came across this drawing of me that you did way back in 1991! I was trying to remember when & where this was done. It had to be at something that Kettering Hospital had going on–employee…
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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…
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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…
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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…
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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…
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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…
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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 Tags: DrawMe…
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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…
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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…
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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…
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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.…
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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,…
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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…
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A Birthday Call??

Some time back I had the chance to work with a fun group on tweaking the website for their business. They offer a service which makes phone calls to people for you, impersonating celebrities. So maybe you have The Arnold calling your mom to wish her a happy birthday, that sort of thing. They had…
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Was Your Party A DRAG??

Drawing recently at a Cincinnati Area Board of Realtors picnic — with my old pal John, who was drawing with me — we both noted how some events are more FUN than others. The realtor’s picnic was great fun, nice people, really cool. Not every event is like that. It’s true. Yes. Sure, we know…
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Kiddie Fun at Office Event??

It sometimes appears difficult for professionals to come up with interesting things for the children at the office picnic or other company event. Family entertainment can be a bit challenging, since the same offering as LAST year may not be interesting at all. And of course cost is a factor anytime. So what to do?…
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Ain’t Nothing Like Family…

Recently I was invited back to draw at a church picnic for maybe the tenth year in a row. Flattering, and always a fun event, too. You can not beat the vibe at those events. Nobody is there because they have to be, they WANT to see their neighbors and friends in that setting —…
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Let’s Do It AGAIN!

I was invited to draw at a wedding reception for a young couple, Brandi & Seth, back in 2006. Sketch a couple of hours, gonna be fun. Sure! And it was, too, but… more and more relatives kept stopping by. And the time kept extending… And extending… And extending… — And through it all I…
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Death of a Friend

The end of an old friend… No more DAYTON CITY PAPER, alas… I did play drawings for the old DCP from 2006 through about 2010 or so, and was invited to serve as Associate Editor in there somewhere. I was on staff three years, I believe, and began doing staff drawings along the way. That…
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Do Ya Like SPORTS??

I had the good fortune to be invited to the Holiday Inn in Fairborn to provide some entertainment for their vital Housekeeping staff last week. Housekeeping is a tough job, I am sure, but this crew was way professional, utterly hilarious — and apparently more than happy in their jobs — so the whole experience…
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Never Did THAT Before…

A short time back I was contacted by a delightful young lady with a unique concept — come and draw a full body, COLOR portrait of two people — during church services. Yes! So. This was to be the Pastor and his wife, the First Lady. Of the Mt Calvary Missionary Baptist Church, on Siebenthaler Avenue…
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Family Fun at Picnic

For a LOT of years now, I have been invited to draw at the annual Picnic for St. Luke’s Catholic Church in Beavercreek. And what a fun time that is, too. I think it is about ten years now — but don’t quote me on that. (Yes, the memory IS the first to go…) Anyhow…
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Mom & Teen Son

Last Saturday I had a fun time drawing quick-sketch caricatures via The-Nose.com — my old pal Tad Barney’s agency — at a neato venue in Cincinnati area. A retirement village. All the residents I met were apparently thrilled to live there. Yes! Along the way I did this drawing — They were on hand to…
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Share Your World

I had a super time drawing caricatures at a wedding reception recently at the Holiday Inn next to Wright State University near Dayton… The couple had been married for a while but never had time for their reception so it was belated and much enjoyed. Super people having a terrific time. I did not take…
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Violin Lady

This drawing is one of my old ones, but still one of my favorites…   Tags: DrawMe BLOG

Wedding Reception Goofiness

I am fortunate to be invited to draw caricatures at wedding receptions a LOT these days. This was a unique sketch at a reception held at The Willows in Tipp City, Ohio some time back. These adorable weirdos asked to be drawn as dinosaurs, SO… Anyway, it was  a super event, lots of fun and…
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Hot DOG!!

A neato young mom recently contacted me about a surprise drawing for her son, who had recently lost his beloved dog Arlie… The dog had suffered with epilepsy for years, and finally passed on. The son really felt the loss, missed Arlie a lot. Most of us have been through that sort of thing, right?…
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Maybe a Cup a Morning Joe?

These two are good for a morning discussion, eh? Tags: DrawMe BLOG