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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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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Drawing of four people at wedding

How’s YOUR Business??

SLOWLY COMING BACK; HOW ABOUT YOU?? Our live-drawing business is getting back on its feet, happily, after more than two years seeming almost dead in the water. Somehow the lack of income has not been a problem (smart wife-manager here) but I have really missed the fun and challenges of quick-sketching at parties, weddings and trade shows. Calls are finally picking up lately and I am more than grateful. How about YOUR business? Back to normal yet?

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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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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?? No travel, right? Not even restaurants or movies. Yow! How about a little pick-me-up for the family? Have Dennis Porter draw your crew. Like the drawing seen here. A beautiful young happy family out for a healthy walk in the great outdoors. Way cool subject! And you can PRINT OUT your drawing for children to… Read More

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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

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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 DID know what the CAT girls bit was about, but, hey, it’s their big day, so give them what they want, right? The BMW Honeymoon image below was commissioned by the Elvis-guy pal in the background there… He produced a CD with some joke songs he wrote for them and this was the CD cover.… Read More

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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 great success.) Really? Do you need professional help to plan your wedding?  Great question. There are several reasons why having a Wedding Planner on your team may be a terrific idea. For instance — SAVE A BUCK — Give your wedding planner your target budget and he/she will assist along the way to help you… Read More

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