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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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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Trade Show Fun

Recently I had the pleasure of sketching at a trade show just north of Cincinnati. A super group, everyone was happy to be there and enjoying the conversation and endless activities at hand. One of the many drawings I did that night was this one, two gentleman from out of town. I hope they had time to visit and enjoy Cincy — one of the greatest American cities, absolutely. 

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Interview: Caricature Artist Dennis Porter

Caricature artist interview — a brief and fun discussion with Christina Wald of the Cincinnati Illustrator’s group, some time back… It’s weird to BE interviewed after all these thousands of live events, drawing in retail venues and otherwise sketching someone face to face, because the focus is always the other way — I tend to ask the other party about their world, their job, their interest. That’s because it keeps them facing in my direction, so I can consistently view their faces and get that two-minute drawing done to a level we can both live with… Nobody teaches you that when you start in this fun, oddball business, you learn… 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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Let’s Do It AGAIN!

I was invited to draw at a wedding reception for a terrific young couple, Brandi & Seth, back in 2006. Just 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 had a fabulous time, because the crowd was so upbeat. Lots and lots of bad jokes and family giving other family a hard time. Mucho, mucho laughs on all sides. It was hilarious! There was just tremendous energy, as at most weddings, but this one was exceptional — and suddenly I realized that… Read More

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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 I look forward to the next reception. Maybe yours??

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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. Here are a few things to mix into your planning to help create a Trade Show success. 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 vital questions: What was their decision point on choosing your company? What is the best thing about your product or service? How does your product or service help their business? What trade shows do they usually attend? Which exhibits really got their attention? Clearly… Read More

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