Tuesday, November 19, 2013

I'm at the 2013 ISCA convention!

It's being held in beautiful St. Pete's Beach, Florida, at the Tradewinds (where it was held two years ago as well.) My colleagues and I are enjoying a week of education, competitions and networking right next to the tranquil Gulf of Mexico…
We've already had ArtFights:
the Likeness competition:
(that's one of my efforts upper right)
and the Party Artist competition:
I'll post plenty more when I get home. 

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

A wee bit more from the Irish Festival...

Two of my airbrush caricatures got a little video attention from me…
On the left are three board members who are good friends. This was done from separate photos, as they were far to busy to sit, and was used as my sample. Lots of folks passing by knew just who they were and took photos of it! The couple on the right had neat headwear and were just a joy to draw. 
Check them out in my video:

Monday, November 11, 2013

Whisky in the ....caricatures.

It's Irish Festival time!
These are all airbrush caricatures. I didn't feel like using artstix for some reason. Using a handcut stencil for shamrocks is quicker than drawing them. 

Shared booth space with Ireland: The Old Country---Patrick Harnett's calendars and tin signs.  A native Irishman, he took amazing photos of castles and landmarks and transformed them by adding surreal sunsets.
We got our photo taken with Commodore John Barry! Here's why he was at an Irish Festival.
I don't really drink (the Guinness and Jameson were flowing freely here) but I did have potatoes, cabbage, ham, Irish beef stew and champ!
In addition to traditional Irish songs, like this one...
I also heard THIS:

Thursday, November 7, 2013

College event + caffeinated bonus

Yesterday featured a rare weekday afternoon gig for me...at a college morale-boosting event:
The locale was the lobby of the student center....which housed a STARBUCKS! I don't drink coffee, but I LOVE their iced tea!

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Misc stuff from the Texas State Fair...

State Fairs are an interesting mix of unexpected happenings and this year in Texas was no different.
It rained every weekend til the last, so then it was no-room-to-breathe crowded...
This was the best scooter design I've seen in forever!
I did some in-your-face marketing on my drawing board and gained some fans on my FB, Vine and Instagram. Sadly, most folks were unaware of just who was telling them to follow me! One mom said to her kid, "Look at the little man with funny teeth!!"!?!?!?!
A t-shirt that educated me! I thought they were all about football. ;-)
One night, a group of engineering students came and got caricatures...from all of us artists. Can you guess which one I did?
 Another night, early on, we found out that the band on the main stage was BLONDIE!!!! Paul and I hoofed it up there pronto, just in time to hear sixty-eight-year-old Debbie Harry belting out One Way or Another... ( I still have my 45 rpm single...)
After she sang it, she proclaimed, "THAT'S how it's done, ladies and gentlemen!!!" I guess she's heard some lame karaoke versions of herself. ;-)
On the way to the ladies room every day, I passed a glass case with the winners of the annual shoe contest. These were my favorites.
This is Celestia and I devouring practically the final Fletcher's Corny Dogs of the whole fair, right after closing on the last night. That's our friend, Michael the manager...who has a corny dog tattoo on his shin. 
On the way home I saw a sunset over the Chesapeake Bay. 

Sunday, November 3, 2013

Caricatures on Instagram

Instagram, the photo-sharing app, isn't one I have used as frequently as Facebook, but that's changing for me. Many young people who've gotten caricatures have told me FB isn't cool anymore but Instagram  and Twitter are. My presence on Twitter is actually linked to my Caricatures by Emily FB page, but I plan on posting more on Instagram. Last night, I decided to hashtag #caricature on Instagram  to see what's out there, and found several of mine! 
Apparently blogs 'aren't cool' anymore either, but I am not giving up blogging! ;-)

Saturday, November 2, 2013

Texan Twosomes 2013

Couples are always fun to do...contrasts in appearance and personality make the caricaturist use both visual AND psychological magnifying glasses:
I think she was the palest person I drew this year at the Fair. He asked for the caption...
These two had a nice vibe between them. This is the only "on the drawing board, before I show them" type of photo I took. In addition to the camera angle distorting it a little, I accidentally cropped the bottom. Boo, me!
 Tatted to the left/pale and gauged to the right!
If their cleavage is on display, I draw it... ;-)
 SHE was taller...
 Guess which one was the extrovert?
 HE did all the talking. 
Just two generally 'thrilled-to-be-there-getting-a-caricature' couples. :-)
 Both these couples were drawn by me in past years. Thanks!!
It's the sixth year I've drawn these two!
All three of these drawings had very interesting hair to render.
 Above: Father/son caricatures. It was really fun drawing Deadpool on his shirt, I had to Google him to know who he is!) Below: Mother/daughter caricatures. The redhead mom told me to make her a blonde as she didn't like how her current haircolor had turned out!
Another mom/daugher one (loved her t-shirt ;-)

 Awwwww....young love!
Above: two engaged couples about to start their lives together in distant lands! ( Left, Germany, and right, Australia...accents were giveaways. )
Drew several Minions this year. I reiterate (I know it's been said on this blog somewhere once or twice) I love my job!! 

Friday, November 1, 2013

A Halloween luncheon...

...and part of the entertainment was my caricatures. It was held at a 55+ recreational center. Below, you see a volunteer (clown lady), the director of activities (mismatched lady), and myself  (caricaturist lady! I was Frau Blucher  again this year. ;-)
Most of the attendees were wearing orange and black...
But this lady threw together a costume!
Afterwards, I headed to a new place I'll be probably be frequenting frequently:
Jerry's Artarama just opened a branch in Wilmington, Delaware, which I found out from one of the guests I drew at the Zombie party this past weekend. On Halloween, they had a 20% off sale on everything, and if you showed up in costume, you were entered to win a gift certificate. Yup, I was still in costume, and yup, I spent some money! :-D

Update: 11-4-13 Some nice words from my client came via email today:
 The feedback has been overwhelmingly POSITIVE---the members really enjoyed having their portraits done and they really liked you....thanks for taking such good care and being caring. I truly enjoyed meeting you and appreciate the links you sent.