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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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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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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Fun Drawings, Live or From Photos

Above is a young doctor going in to research, already serving in the US military– wow, what an ambitious young lady! Rock on there, doc, and thanks for your service! (This was drawn from photos, likely a surprise gift, done with input on her interests to make the sketch more personal…) LIVE drawing! This young lady is part of a dance/exercise class– I draw at one of their meetings every year — and wanted the parasol in her sketch. Not sure if I invented her outfit or not… Ha! Boy, I sure miss drawing live; this was probably a three or four minute sketch and lots of fun (apparently) for… Read More

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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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This Mistake Can KILL Your Party

Planning an event? A party, company picnic, or maybe a wedding reception? Lotta work, eh? No matter what kind of event you are putting together, there is one vital factor that usually gets little to no attention. And it can cast a pall on the whole effort. As a veteran of thousands of parties please trust me on this issue. I know you have a difficult job — there are a LOT of details, and often a lot of money involved, in putting together an event, large or small. But no matter whether you are planning a company party, picnic, a huge wedding reception or your child’s birthday party, there… Read More

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