My first realization that they could live together in the same universe was when I saw that Homer had a cold one at Mo's. So Sacramento, thank you for bringing caricature art together with beer. Now there were other art forms represented, but I will always be prejudice to cartoons and frothy adult beverages.
I woke up remembering that I promised to make change in 2017. I promised that I would participate. I promised myself to think that I am still young. I walked the 6 miles from Oak Park to the Capitol Building. And I carried on my back my gift to the people: 2 chairs, an easel, paper, and some pens and colors. I am ready to share my gift of caricature art with the many faces of Sacramento in honor of Dr. King.
New Year's Eve is a wonderful time for celebrating the past year's events, and embracing the changes coming for the next year. Having an opportunity to share this time with others who have so much to celebrate is an honor.
Sometimes a caricature artist has to look at live caricature drawing as a challenge. I imagine how much likeness can I capture in just a few minutes. How many faces can I sketch in one hour? I do appreciate the organization of getting staff member in and out of the seats immediately upon my set-up. I was my usually engaging self, but I tried to keep the banter to a minimum. I would still call these grayscale caricatures because I put some amount of shading on each piece. I took pictures of each guest, and I reached 18 in just a bit over an hour. I appreciate Nicolette for making this day possible, and to the great amount of cheer from everyone at F&B.
Sometimes, the volume of guests at an event is more than one artist can handle. I am able to find mulitple artists to support the flow of faces looking for a Live Caricature. Each artists has a different take on cartooning the guests, which makes for a wonderful discussion on the primary features that individualizes us all. Caricature artists might call this looking the exaggeration from the average.
One of my favorite questions to ask at Live Caricature events is, "Have you been drawn together before?" I am always amazed to hear the reasons to bypass caricature at fairs, boardwalks, theme parks, and the such. But, I'm also equally excited to be the first to hook them into my passion for seeing the self in cartoon form.
It can be an oddly, lonely time during the holidays for a caricature artist. I go from one event to the next, and I can barely remember the people that I've entertained for hours. Then, every once in a while, an event has folks that are inviting, beyond the standard expectations. Sometimes, they share a drink, and even bring you into a game or two. The respect I have for those who plan for the enjoyment of all participants.
You ever been to one of those parties, you know the ugly sweater type? But what happens when the whole scene, from the decoration to the gifts to the games, is just presented so well that everything is just amazing. Well, try drawing caricatures in a room of talented women, whose day job is to make events look just like that.
The holiday season was a busy time for shopping, decorating, and caricature. Well, maybe only in my house. So, on more than one day, I worked multiple events. BayVista and Creekside Housing Community hired me to provide Christmas cheer through cartoons. I'm sure the kids would rather have a Playstation VR, but my caricatures will have to do.