Drawing a person can tell so many stories. When you have a chance to draw a senior citizen, the stories can be unexpected. I love the ability to find the core of a person, not just through the lines or the shapes. I think the challenge of the caricature artist is to highlight a person who you have just met, and capture the best traits of that person in less than 3 minutes. Over much practice, I enjoy the conversations I have as my pen moves. Sometimes I think that my hand has a mind of its own, and is just reacting to what details I am learning from the person before me.
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.
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.
Caricatures are popular in so many settings. On this evening, Pat invited me to draw for his client appreciation evening. I have worked with Pat before so this was a comfortable setting. It was a nice addition to the event, as individuals and couples walked in to live music, great food, an ME.
Most of the couples had never been drawn together, so it is such a pleasure to be the first caricature artist to capture them in ink. There were laughs, and compliments, and I look forward to joining Stifel and Pat again.