Sunday, August 16, 2009

1st birthday "Tol" celebration

On Saturday afternoon, I was very happy both to draw guests and learn about Korean birthday customs at this little boy's big celebration. A highlight for me, was also seeing a digital caricature I had done--blown up to poster size! The first birthday, or tol is a very important one in Korean culture. This little one's family and friends gathered in a beautiful banquet hall to give thanks, eat, socialize and enjoy things like my caricatures, a balloon twister, and a visit from Elmo for the little ones. They also did a toljabee ceremony. The birthday child chooses among several objects set out before him, to foretell his future :-) He chose a golf ball out of various sports, and you can see what his future interest/career might be in this video clip:

Here's the view from my vantage point...

Who doesn't love Elmo??
And now for a few caricatures: I drew all the children first, then the teens, than many of the adults. I really love coordinating the background colors in my drawings with the theme of the party, in this case blue and lime green.

Thank you to Elijah and his family for having me share his big day! :)

Update: 8-18-09 The client sent me some wonderful feedback! Thank you!
emily was a HUGE hit at my baby's first birthday party! everyone from little kids to adults loved her drawings. she was so professional, kind and talented. she was a great entertainment for the party! i think many of my friends will be contacting her for future events. i would highly highly recommend her!


  1. emily - thank you so much for all the amazing caricatures you drew at e's party! you were a huge hit!


  2. hi emily :)
    you did an awesome job on saturday at elijah's birthday party. i had so much fun just watching you draw each person and seeing the smiles you brought onto everyone's faces. thanks again!

    -daisy (and devon)

  3. Looks like you had a great time at this party! And you do wonderful work! Keep it up!