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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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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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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Need An UNUSUAL Drawing?

OFFBEAT REQUESTS — are one of the most fun things about our little business. I have been asked to draw lots of things, including some I declined to do, and some really fun items like these — Below are a pizza ad for Cassano’s and a golf cartoon for an employee and drawings on bowling pins. There have been LOTS of others. Have an idea? Please get in touch! I hope the unusual requests never stop!          

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Children Need MORE

I am blessed to be a professional caricature artist, happily busy and getting the bills paid (with a lot of help from my wife Diane!) for more than twenty years full time now. And there are a lot of  little tricks and work-arounds that you pick up along the way, as you do in any job. That applies to studio drawings, business parties and Kid’s party entertainment sketching. One item I learned after a while is this —  the NAME of the subject really does not have to be in there. If the resemblance is there, you will know that’s Bob or Denise, right? Frequently I am asked to letter… Read More

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Staff Morale Booster!

We have struggled along for the last year or so without the usual fun (and income!) from Live Drawing. And boy has it been an empty spot on my list — the fun part I am speaking of, not getting out to parties and weddings, conventions, trade shows. And not getting to do the oddball, one-off projects like going to a Cadillac dealership and PRETENDING to be a consultant, per instructions from the manager, to do stealth drawings of the sales team and also give him input on my take on each person, to help him work with each to be better at sales. Or drawing on bowling pins, or… 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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Girl Pals sketch

ANOTHER MYSTERY SKETCH    Caricature of four girl pals — I have no idea any more who these ladies are, four happy youngsters who wished to be drawn together. Looks a bit like a drawing done from photos (which we offer HERE) rather than sketched live, and apparently I drew it back in 2008. (Dates are always by my signature.) Beyond that, sorry, no clue who they are or what the occasion might have been.  This sketch popped up during our current website tweaking, which has turned into a minor voyage of discovery… Get Us ALL In There, Now!

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