SO HOW LONG HAVE YA BEEN DOING THIS, ANYHOW??
Caricature artists get that question more than any other…
I started out in this business via my ex-wife, Janie, who worked in a nightclub in Piqua, Ohio. The club wanted to have caricatures of their regular customers and she introduced me — I went there on Wednesday evenings for about a year and drew one person.
A bit slower then, took about two hours! Full body drawings, with interests shown, color added back at home and then delivered the next week. The club hung the sketches on their walls until it closed some years later — then there was a mad rush to come and steal your drawing off the wall — I heard that from Janie, who still has hers.
I have tried in vain to BUY it from her so I can BURN it — no luck! Those early sketches surface now and then, every few years I see another one, and BOY are they embarrassing. Ha!
That was all around 1980, about 250,000 drawings ago. Thanks to my ex, I have had a really fun career… Thanks, Janie!