There are birthday parties, then there are BIRTHDAY PARTIES! Armaan's family celebrated his 1oth birthday at the Stockton Memorial Civic Auditorium, in downtown Stockton. I usually reserve this building for large corporate functions, and Armaan's family used it in style. The gathering was easily past the couple of hundreds. Beyond family were invited friends, neighbors, and classmates. Many had never participated in Indian festivities. But when you come to have fun, that is a universal culture.
Thank you to the many kids and adults who sat down with me to draw. For those laughs are what inspire me to draw. I enjoyed seeing the reactions of Armaan's classmates, and their anticipation for the sketch of the next friend. I also enjoy the challenge of recreating the ornate beauty of the culture that the women display. When I look at the images of the picture wall, I am happy to see the variety of smiles.
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