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

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

PTSD Soldiers

I was privileged to be a part of the Humane Society’s fundraiser called the Furry Skurry at Eastwood Lake near Dayton recently… Lots of fun people and their amazing animals, mostly beautiful dogs. One of the most memorable people that day was this young man and this fabulous German Shepherd, his best friend I believe.…
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Party Ideas — LOTS!

When you’re trying to plan that fabulous event and you want it to be DIFFERENT this time… You need Party ideas. Need them NOW!  What do you do?? What could possibly be more fun and more interesting than the last time? Or, then again, what could you do to avoid the disastrously DULL gathering you suffered…
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Fun SURPRISE Gift

Your friend is retiring — or moving away, maybe to another job. Gotta get a gift! A really cool and fun SURPRISE Gift, gotta get one NOW! What do you get someone who has absolutely everything?? You want it to be personal gift, a FUN gift, some kind of item they will really love… What?  Sound…
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WHY Hire a Wedding Planner??

SO — As you get ideas together for your Big, Big Day — should you actually get help? If so, why? Why hire a Wedding Planner? (We do NOT offer this service, so the following is only our opinion for your best interests. We have no dog in this race, but we DO wish you…
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This Mistake Can KILL Your Party

Planning an event? A party, company picnic, or maybe a wedding reception? Lotta work, eh? No matter what kind of event you are putting together, there is one vital factor that usually gets little to no attention. And it can cast a pall on the whole effort. As a veteran of thousands of parties please…
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UD Students: Above & Beyond

My wife Diane struggles every day with multiple sclerosis, as do millions of other Americans — a daunting adversary, MS has taken away almost everything that makes life worth living. She has been in a wheelchair full time for about 15 years now — and amazingly Diane is happy ANYWAY. Yes! She wakes up smiling…
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SPECIAL WISH Sketch

Not long ago I contacted the Special Wish foundation to offer free caricature sketches for the children they serve so well. My timing was dead-on for once, a lovely little girl named Lexi was fighting an extremely tough battle. She loves Disney princesses and loves to sing, so this is what I came up with,…
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SUPER PARTY TIPS

Give yourself time. Time to get your ideas together, to invite the RIGHT crowd for your event, to get that wine or cheese or caterer you really want to have for your guests. So first, give yourself plenty of lead time before the big event. Next, who is going to be in that crowd?? Some…
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Free Drawing of YOU

Really! No strings, no catch. Every Monday, 5-7 pm at the best Italian restaurant around — MAGGIANO’S LITTLE ITALY at Kenwood Towne Center, Cincinnati, I-71 at 7875 Montgomery Road. Come on by, now… Tags: DrawMe BLOG

SMOKE ‘EM IF YA GOT ‘EM

One of the neatest things about our little (very little!) business is the unique nature of each assignment.  I got a call some years back from a dentist in Cincinnati needing a sketch — we worked it out and he does a lot of very expensive dental work for me in exchange for my services.…
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Caped Crusaders??

Oh, sure! Superheroes line up here, please… I had great fun at an agency gig booked by my old pal Tad Barney (www.the-nose.com — yes, I know he’s the competition, it’s cool…). That was yesterday, Monday, down in Mason. We were required to wear all black, which was refreshing in itself, and then to draw…
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TOUGH LITTLE MACHINE

TRUE STORY:   Dennis LOVES to draw cars, and other vehicles. A gearhead since the Sixties, his first car was a Plymouth Valiant. Tough little machine, slant six, three on the floor, and TOUGH as all get-out! Hey, even a sixteen-year-old teenage boy could not kill that car, it just kept running… A lot of his…
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Where Can We Put That AD??

 “Did you wonder how we found you?,” the host of a party recently asked Dennis as the artist zoomed through another two-minute drawing. “Sure!,” Dennis said. “We DID wonder! So — was it our website, or –” The host just smiled and held up his cell phone. There was a photo of the artist’s VAN —…
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How About ALL Of Us??

“Can Ya Draw the WHOLE GANG?“ Hey, why not?? Groups are hard to draw when you are starting out in this little oddball Drawing-Live business… You have to judge how best to go about the workings of it, getting the faces SIZED correctly — if this guy’s face at top was sketched smaller than the…
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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…
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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,…
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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…
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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…
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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…
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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…
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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…
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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…
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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…
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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…
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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…
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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.…
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THREE FOR ONE

Nice to see young guys who appreciate friendship… I had a super time sketching these fine young men at a recent gathering. They were great fun, sharing lots of bad jokes and tormenting each other the whole time if memory serves — and it often does not serve me too well. Sadly! For instance I…
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Best. Father’s. Day. EVER.

This was a really super Father’s Day for me and it’s all because of my terrific daughter Tracee Porter. She drove all the way from Chicago down here, to the excitement capital of the world, Dayton, Ohio, to spend a long weekend with us. What a kid.  Somewhere in there she invited some company over — my…
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Get Your HAPPY On…

Full disclosure here: This is the blog where you will finally conclude for sure that I am a nut job, a dimwit, a flake. That’s fine, I can live with that. But I am writing this in hopes that a few readers out there will benefit from my experience. If so that makes it worth the effort.…
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Planning a Trade Show Disaster?

There are a LOT of reasons why a given Trade Show is a money-sucking waste of time, but among those are some items Within Your Control. So that’s a good thing. GET PROFESSIONAL HELP: Where? From your Best Clients. Yes! Early on in your planning process, contact your top dozen or so customers and ask these…
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Artist at Your Event, Setup

A typical setup for our artist at a huge venue in Columbus When you schedule Dennis — or one of our other artists — to draw at your event, what should you expect? Does he walk around the room and draw as your guests move from place to place? Do they have to go up on…
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Nice People In Prison

You may remember I had to go to jail last year… First time ever, but I had to go more than once as it turned out. First to teach a three hour workshop for a room full of inmate artists (they were super nice girls, could not have been nicer — no kidding), then later…
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DRAWING CLASS Free Lessons

FREE Art Lessons — No Catch, this is for real.You can draw. You. Really. Not just chicken-scratching stick figures, either. This is a Drawing Class for YOU — even if you can not draw a straight line. Yes. This will work for you, guaranteed. Dennis Porter has devised a method that PROGRAMS our wiring, from…
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Happy Halloween !

What a wonderful holiday this is, eh? So old we do not even know its origins, clearly Halloween was started as a jolly Drop Dead, Winter! moment before the icy hammer drops… Ya think? I do, for sure… And it’s actually a lot more fun for grownups than children, in my opinion. In any case,…
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NEW 1948 Tucker

One of the nice benefits to our tiny little business here is our deal with the Dayton City Paper, a great little weekly newspaper in Dayton area that uses my drawings of their writers and other contributors. Part of our arrangement gets us free ads, which are terrific, and — wait for it — free…
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VISIT TO INDY

During one of my frequent visits to Indiana University this hilariously friendly couple stopped by my stand for a sketch. They were a riot! And gracefully agreed to my using their photo and drawing in this little blog. He plays music, is a music professor I believe, and of course as you can see, is…
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PARTY ARTIST WORLD…

A bit of what it’s like, drawing caricatures at SOME parties… https://www.facebook.com/BrightMountain/videos/1353924721290196/   Tags: DrawMe BLOG

Unexplained Phenomena

Personal confession: I have a relentless interest in unexplained phenomena (which bores Diane to tears) and on that subject no writer is better than Colin Wilson. Here is the Introduction to his book MYSTERIES… MYSTERIES, by Colin Wilson Tags: DrawMe BLOG

ARTIST GOES TO JAIL

Really, no joke. This morning at 10 AM I reported as ordered to the Dayton Correctional Institute. Never been to jail before, whole new experience. Harrowing. No welcoming committee to greet you, no one happy to see you… Until my contact Vivian Covington came up from another area, one of the Assistant Wardens who had scheduled…
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STAN and OLLIE

Am I just showing my age, or am I the ONLY one who remembers this classic duo from the early days of film, when movies were actually FUNNY?? Looking back on my wasted youth, one of my favorite summers was working at the Victoria Theatre in downtown Dayton while attending Wright State University… At the…
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