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.
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.