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

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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Advice From God

A Re-Post: METAPHYSICS I: Man talking to God: “Why don’t I get what I want?” “Because you keep changing your MIND!,” God responded. There is a lesson there for us all — to get anything in life you must keep focused and have a clear goal. I don’t know about you, but that is difficult…
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Let’s Upgrade Halloween !

Hey, gang, does it seem to you that we could have more fun if our better holidays were not limited to just ONE day?? Therefore how about if we start an initiative to EXPAND at least one of them to a full week. So let’s make it one of our very favorites — A Full…
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Your LOGO on Drawing Paper

In my opinion one of the BEST things about hiring a quick-sketch artist for your event is the option of Imprinted Drawing Paper. Meaning you have anything you wish (almost) on each sheet of paper. Virtually all these drawings get framed and displayed for years, honestly, so your company logo and website can be visible for…
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Wedding option: Guest Sign-In Board, video

These days I am privileged to draw live caricatures at quite a few weddings. What a day that is, for all concerned, but especially the bride and groom of course. Fairly often I am asked to draw a large sketch of the two of them ahead of the big event, sketching from photos. Then usually…
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Wham! Bam! Slam!

We are all dependent on modern technology. All of us in the contemporary world just assume the lights will come on when we flip a switch, and the car will start up and take us where we wish to go. And all is well — until it ain’t. Lately it ain’t. Boy, is it ever.…
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Pack Your Doctor For Your Trip

One day last spring I received a call from a jovial fellow in Cincinnati asking if I could draw him up as a sort of traveling cutout for his customers. What? This was a new one. That was Doctor Della Bella, a dentist wishing to have a cartoon version of himself (Flat Alex) done up…
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Corvette guy!

One of the most fun things about the quick-sketch party biz is the unfiltered thrill little children get from their drawings. Amazing! No social conditioning to get in the way, they are astonished and absolutely gaga (usually!) when their drawing is presented. This little guy was adorable. Loves cars! What else could I do, eh??…
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Classic Champagne Glass Pose

Now and then I sketch someone that seems to need a little pick-me-up — and I just can NOT resist placing her in this classic pose… No complaints yet! Tags: DrawMe BLOG

She’s Kinda Short, So…

Hey, don’t blame me, now… What?? Yes, this request actually came from the husband at a recent party. He’s tall and the wife was NOT there, but she’s vertically challenged… So — oh, heck, here’s the drawing, exactly as he asked — Tags: DrawMe BLOG

Fun Wedding Entertainment

This time of year I am flattered to be invited to draw at a LOT of weddings, usually at the reception following the ceremony, of course… These are always fabulously neat events, with the bride and groom starting out their lives together with a huge public event their friends and family will likely talk about…
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Bowling Pin Caricatures

FUN PROJECT: Bowling pin Caricatures! Like nothing else we have done before. At the bottom of our Testimonials page today… We were asked recently to produce some award items for high school seniors on a bowling team. This is what they asked Dennis to do – Yes! Caricatures on bowling pins! Our friend Jen’s idea,…
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Terrifying Diagnosis

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 kept seeing something here and there that troubled them, and kept calling me back for more tests over the last year. More X-Rays. CT scan. Then another CT scan.…
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