Wednesday, May 28, 2014

The After-prom that was AT the prom

Gigs come to me all sorts of ways but this one came via my Facebook page. A friend of a friend was looking for caricature artists for her son's after-prom…and so, very soon, I ended up at the Hotel Dupont, along with my co-caricaturist, Colin Harris---drawing silly faced-teenagers wearing slinky sequined evening gowns and sharp-looking tuxes!

The hotel is a venerable landmark in Wilmington:
The prom itself was in the Gold Ballroom, but it segued into the after-prom at 10:00 pm,  with casino 
games, photo booths, and our caricatures in an upstairs salon...
Our parent coordinator decided to have us sit downstairs after all since there was more room for us there, so we ended up in the Gold Ballroom's foyer.
I've actually done several other events here.
(one   two!)
Colin and I had to get a caricaturist-selfie in front of all the luxurious surroundings!
Then we discovered that WE BOTH MATCHED our gig suitcases! Hee hee.
It was tons of fun for me to actually get to draw gowns (which are oh-so-different to what was worn in my prom-going days!) but there was another difference: We were asked to draw as fast as possible ( which for me is 15-20 faces per hour) since there were so many kids. That meant dispensing with shading and only doing line drawings:
I used a Copic Wide for dark hair.
I kept count and indeed was able to do 40 kids in two hours. 
Here's my view of Colin at work:
I usually check out the work of one of my favorite non-shading live caricaturists for inspiration before doing this kind of gig. That would be Mr. Mike Giblin of the UK. The one thing I miss when doing line-drawings-only is the ability to quickly show dramatic eyeshadow with my Prisnacolor Artstix!!

Thanks for having us!! :-)

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