Sign for live caricatures

Do The Drawings WHERE ??

In all these many years of live drawing at fun events I have seen some interesting, unique concepts for various gatherings. On one occasion the hosts had maybe six artists including me, drawing outdoors in the blazing, broiling sun. No tents, no shade, no whining. Wanna get paid? Get out there! And we did. Anything for a buck, eh? It was awful, the sun on the paper and the sheer heat and humidity were daunting. At another, I was instructed to sit on the basketball court — against the wall behind the hoop. Where the kids would dribble and take shots at the hoop! Yow! I whined the host into… Read More

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Caricature of Mercedes gullwing and man

Surprise Gift, Drawing From Photo

Having JUST finished a rather large Drawing From Photos project — will share that in a week or two — this item came to mind. So I am shamelessly reposting it here. These really ARE the Ultimate Surprise Gifts. Thanks for reading!   Diane’s brother Mike, out in Los Angeles area, came up with an idea for  his pal, a fellow musician. Mike wanted to give him a special gift the fellow would absolutely LOVE — a drawing of him playing his favorite guitar. So Mike emailed photos of the gentleman and his very specific six-string. I did up a rough pencil layout for Mike to review and approve and… Read More

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Drawing of young couple at party

Hey, Ya Drew Me BEFORE!

I had a fun time yesterday at the Dayton Country Club, sketching a series of five-year-olds. I was invited to provide a bit of Party entertainment fun with live drawings. The children were cute as all get-out and I will post some of those photos (with OKs from the moms of course) shortly. A gentleman was there doing photos as a courtesy to the guests and said, “Hey, I think you were at Doug Mann’s party!” Doug is a local attorney as you likely know, with Dyer, Garofalo, Mann and Schultz. And just a great guy, he and wife Beth are terrific people. So Mr. Chen had his drawing on his… Read More

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Map of Dayton Ohio Oregon district

FREE drawings Sunday!

Hey, do you have plans for Sunday afternoon??? Please, come join me in Dayton’s Oregon District for the Hoopla Family Event  March 13. The whole festival is 2-7 pm — and I will be drawing from 2-6 pm. Hey, the price is right! There is going to be a LOT going on; see attached graphic. I will be drawing live (FREE!) in a tent down near the train trestle near the Neon Movies intersection at Patterson. Organizers for Hoopla Family Event are funding the operation so please stop by. Gonna be a LOT of fun!

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View of Artist drawing three young guys

Drawing Live as Party Entertainment

THE CALLS ARE COMING BACK  — And I can not TELL you how happy that makes me! What a gig — drawing live as party entertainment! Not just for the income, now,  but even more because it is just a blast to go to the various events — parties, wedding receptions, conventions, trade shows, company picnics — and DRAW everybody! Yow! These photos popped up from a previous time frame, before Covid, before politics were quite so toxic and loathsome, when we were pretty much in normal life. And it was a fun event, too, as was most of routine life back then. Times change, eh? Sad to say. I… Read More

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Trade Show Fun

Recently I had the pleasure of sketching at a trade show just north of Cincinnati. A super group, everyone was happy to be there and enjoying the conversation and endless activities at hand. One of the many drawings I did that night was this one, two gentleman from out of town. I hope they had time to visit and enjoy Cincy — one of the greatest American cities, absolutely. 

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Caricature drawing of bride and groom with their dog

Wedding Venue BAD Choices

WEDDING VENUE, How To CHOOSE?? One of the major headaches for some couples planning their big day is going over the wedding venue choices. Where we gonna do this anyhow?? There are a LOT of factors required to be in that mix, so let’s try to list some of the most important ones to help your decision-making along. This is not a small thing, since the wedding overall is likely to cost $29,000-$31,000 on average, according to Wedding Stats.  Weddings are now a $48 billion industry (yes!), so obviously getting married is quite an investment on every level. But for now, let us focus on choosing the right place to… Read More

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Fifth Grade is AWESOME!

I was recently contacted by Mr. Fleming, a fifth grade teacher in South Carolina who wished to have a graphic made — a BIG one that would fit on his classroom door. He has taught the same group since third grade, if I understood correctly, and works hard to encourage and stay connected with the students. Art supplies took a bit of extra effort, finding paper large enough that would take some watercolor (and be affordable) and be rolled up for mailing. And colors that would not require water saturation, just enough to fill in fairly consistently. That allowed me to take the budget down to a level he could… Read More

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A Bit of Bass??

Diane and I used to attend a lot of concerts when our youngest grandson, Jake, was performing on his cello with an orchestra, including the Wright State Orchestra while he was still in high school. And as much as I enjoyed the show and the music I often found myself doodling a bit. Here are a drawing or two that popped up as he hit those notes so perfectly with his colleagues up there. (Now he’s doing well as a professional man in Columbus — after graduating OSU in three years, don’tcha know?) I wish you could all meet him, absolutely everybody loves Jake. Anyway here are a couple of… Read More

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