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

Boost Your Crew’s MORALE

Group caricature drawings to cheer up your gang, your family, your staff

Schedule THIS, Too!

A BIT OF ADVICE: Don’t WORK so hard, friends! We are going to get through this awful, awful year and roar back into real life very soon. Really, we will. Not soon enough, I admit. But, hey, try to RELAX a bit, please, please. Calm down, okay? I think we are all wound a bit…
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Want a Family Fun Project?

    You want to do something fun. Sure! We all do. And it is NOT easy to find options right now, is it? The current, ongoing Covid-19 pandemic shows no signs of going away, sadly, and is just as dangerous as it was back in the winter when this all started. Whatcha gonna do??…
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ARNOLD, EARLY YEARS

This drawing was an illustration I did for the book THE ALGONQUIN KID by Michael Colby. Though Arnold Schwarzenegger had not been “discovered” as yet, he was one of a horde of bulked-out bruisers who invaded the hotel and utterly freaked out its upscale tenants…   Tags: Business promotion, DrawMe BLOG, Humorous Illustration

Terrible Things

Let’s focus inward and relax.

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

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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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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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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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

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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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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