Friday, August 30, 2013

Scaring away my customers with a Stacey Nightmare caricature

Twitter's 6-second video app, Vine, is growing by leaps and bounds, and showcasing some very creative comedians and filmmakers. Two of my favorite Viners happen to be luxuriantly-red-headed comics. (Sadly, Tim Minchin doesn't Vine...yet.)
One is my friend Marlo Meekins....and the other is Stacey Nightmare. (Warning: She's definitely NOT G-rated, but IS horribly, gut-bustingly, raunchily hilarious).
While I was working down the shore, I decided to make my own Vine of a caricature-in-progress of Ms. Nightmare:

Stacey loved it and  re-vined it, yay! Here's a link to all my Vines. ;-)

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Backyard 2nd birthday party

It was  a sun-dappled Sunday afternoon, but I wasn't lazing around...
because it was time to draw for a little guy's 2nd birthday party in his grandmother's backyard, along with a favorite squeaky-voiced friend.  Family and friends were in attendance and I drew all of them:

 including the FUN uncle. (Every kid should have one of these...I did ;-)

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Resident appreciation party

Late Saturday afternoon, my second gig was at an end-of-summer pool party for the residents and employees of a nice apartment complex...

Small world: this gentlemen worked for the copy machine service company for whom I'd done their company picnic earlier in the summer, but he hadn't gotten a caricature! That got remedied, pronto. 

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Caricaturing frolicking college freshmen

On Saturday, my first event was at a local university, which was keeping its incoming freshmen busy with all kinds of fun stuff.
I sat beneath a shady tree and got busy!

There should be a lot of dorm rooms adorned with my work by now! 

Monday, August 26, 2013

Caricaturing crabs, clams and vacationers in OCNJ

Down the shore, for me, means caricaturing!
Once again, I subbed for a caricaturist friend in her little stand on the boardwalk in Ocean City, New Jersey. 
Here's my daily parking spot (that's my folding bike!)
My drawing day started at 1:00 pm and went until 11:00 pm all is what adding some lights did for the stand during the evening hours!
Everyone is in a good mood on the boardwalk...see? Even if a seagull is pooping on your head!
Dad and son, daughter and boyfriend.
"Can you draw me on a roller coaster?"
 I wish I had inked the motion lines behind him instead of using yellow artstix....they don't show up too well.
Mom and son, who had been drawn as the Hulk the previous day:
Batman on the beach, on the left...
"Draw her with a sandcastle, please!"
He had awesome hair and he knew it. ;-)
This couple was REALLY FUN to draw!!!!! And even more fun to show them the results!
As was this couple:
One night, a dramatic-looking storm front breezed through, dumping rain on the bay side of the island but not the beach side, thankfully:
...which resulted in this amazing sight!
I was so happy to get a photo of a rainbow on the ocean. :-)
This is the the little girl who was in my chair at the time. She'll never forget that rainbow either!
How 'bout a caricature of the whole family?
Girl with seagull, boy with dolphin...
Below: two kids with BIG brown eyes...
and one with big BLUE eyes.
Below: The couple on the left were newlyweds.
The lady in the middle was sitting for me because her husband wanted a caricature of her.
The sisters on the right were getting their first caricature ever!
This is the one sample I did, which is kinda wacky...if you know the show, Breaking Bad, it's about a meth-peddling teacher. I dared to hang this up in a family-friendly, dry, beach resort. Well, it did get a lot of laughs and double-takes! And passers-by took photos of it! ;-)
So ends another breezy, beachy stint for me. 
I love how the ocean and sky look so serene in this photo on my last night there.
One good thing about leaving the boardwalk: I won't have to be be tempted by this treat anymore!

Monday, August 19, 2013

Picnic for a martial arts studio family...

On Saturday afternoon,  I drew at an annual picnic for members and staff of a local martial arts studio. It felt more like a family picnic--the owners are certainly doing something right!
Here are a smattering of the happy faces I drew!
Thank you for having me! :-)