I grew up with Mad magazine and one thing I learned from Mort Drucker and a host of other artists is, dogs make drawings better.
Did you know Buckeye Arizona has a lake in it? I'm a native of Arizona and I had no idea until I drew at a wedding on Hidden Lake last month. I love it when couples find gems like this and I can educate myself about my state at the same time.
Being on a lake I though it was fitting that my first caricature have an alligator in it. Truthfully I didn't plan it. The gentleman here is just a guy that looks like he could kick an alligator's ass.
From a recent Wigwam wedding (say that three times in a row).
I had the oppurtunity this week to draw caricatures on this Samsung slide. Like any new hardware there was a learning curve but my biggest obstacle was getting used to drawing so big. It felt like drawing in HD. Like fa real fa real HD. Some people only took pics of the drawing but I recommended everyone take a picture standing next to the screen. You gotta see just how big the drawings really were.
I was drawing at a live caricature gig a week ago and these two little girls were talking behind me. One girl found it interesting what I was doing but the other one was NOT impressed. My favorite comment from her was:
“He’s just copying the person in front of him, so he’s basically like tracing…”
This is event was a bit nostalgic for me. Child Crisis Arizona was one of the first galas I did when I first started caricaturing seven years ago. It was fun going back and drawing for them again last weekend.
This was done at a company party but almost all of the employees were in costume. This lovely lady said she decided on being a vampire at the last minute. I added more blood and fangs in her caricature but her eyes are what pull it off.
I originally wasn't scheduled to draw at this particular wedding all night but once the caricatures got around, they became more and MORE popular. I think I drew everyone! Even the wait staff! Ok, the waitstaff part isn't true, but I drew a lot of folks.
I drew at Liberty Wildlife's Open House last week. Liberty does a lot for wildlife but they are also a wedding venue. But what I did really learn last week? Eagles are big-ass birds.
You see them on flags, stamps, etc. and you THINK you know them until you're face to face with one. Not only are they about twice the size as I thought they were, but they look tough. When the wind blew the handlers of the hawks pulled the birds back down. When the eagle pulled the handler, the handler had to put his body weight into. You could tell immediately how powerful the eagle was.
It's no coincidence why Bald Eagles are our nation's symbol.
Every now and then I'll draw at a wedding and a VIP will not get a caricature. Usually it's the bride and the groom, sometimes it's mom and dad, or maybe one of the bridesmaids. In this case it was the maid of honor. The bride told me they were known for dancing that night so I figured it was fitting for them to be throwing it down in their caricature.
I did caricatures this weekend at an art show. What made this art show unique was all the art on display was done by people of all ages with developmental disabilities. My son is on the spectrum and I know and appreciate the work these lovely ladies do (and all professionals in this industry). It was neat to be part of it all.
I was at an event last week and had the pleasure of meeting photographer Robert Keegan. He does some amazing work.
Check him out if you don't have a photographer that you LOVE. www.robertkeegan.com
I was in Las Vegas this past weekend at Amazing Las Vegas Comic-con. What was great about this con was meeting people who actually live in Vegas! It’s kinda weird to say that but usually when I’m in Vegas I’m on the strip so I’m surrounded by other tourists. At the Con I met people from out of town (including some Phoenicians) but I met plenty of people from Vegas.
Before I drew the lady as Phoenix, we talked about some of her favorite characters that I could depict her as. I was going to pick a more popular character but I couldn’t get her red/auburn locks out of mind. I felt compelled to go with Phoenix, and she was cool with it.
I was at the ReSource Neocant 2017 Show. When I first got the job, I thought, what in the hell is a Neocant? Funny story.
I was told ReSource started the event because some people in their industry can't make it to a huge event called NeoCon. It's like the San Diego Comic of trade shows for designers and architects.
These two lovely ladies shared their pics with me.
I took a break from weddings last week and drew at Phoenix Comic-con.
The prom was the beginning of this months but I forgot to post these.
I worked a corporate party last week and I worked with Keith of http://www.keithmelissa.com . Keith's pics are always amazing and I love working with him and Melissa. So if you EVER need a photographer for anything....you know where to look.
At some events sometimes a sign is made for me. Sometimes it is my name, my company name, or simply "caricatures". This sign is my favorite of the year.