Thursday, February 26, 2015

A picture-pretty snowfall didn't stop this party!

Last weekend, a 6" snowfall decided to fall in the area where I was booked to do a family birthday party, right before and DURING the scheduled time I'd be drawing...my client had told me it was going to happen, no matter the weather. :-) So, happily, I didn't lose a gig due to Mother Nature! 

My wonderful Other Half offered to drive me, since I'm not fond of driving on slippery, snowy, slick surfaces. We arrived after using my iPhone, perched in its cradle on my dashboard, to navigate to  the client's as-yet-unplowed street.  My Other Half then helped me in with my gig suitcase, after which he happily went off to the nearby Home Depot....WITH MY PHONE STILL IN THE CAR. My routine had been altered by being chauffeured! 
Of course, I knew where it was, and I knew I could use their home phone to call him when I was done..so, where's the problem?
No phone, no camera!
(And it showed me how dependent I am on the darn thing.) 
 All was not lost, I DID have my iPad with me...but it is really not suitable for photo-taking at gigs, and truthfully, many places. It's so big and clunky, and even kind of intrusive. So I only took these three photos. Waaah. 
Thank you for having me. And let's hear it for February birthdays!!


Wednesday, February 25, 2015

30th birthday airbrush commission---Super Ronald!

It's been a Super-Hero surge for gift caricatures lately! I recently did this airbrush commission for a young lady who wanted a great 30th-birthday gift for her boyfriend: 
From pencil sketch to ink to airbrushed final:
Here's what my client had to say:
He absolutely loved loved loved his picture. As soon as he got home he hung it up in his man cave....lol
Thank you so much!

Yeah, I love my job! 

Monday, February 23, 2015

Caricatures at a Happy 60th Birthday Party

One thing that's great about caricaturing is that it's such a hoot for ANY AGE birthday celebration. This one was an especially epicurean 60th...a beloved chef with his big glass of red wine (which is definitely more robust to draw than white wine!)
The home had its own pizza oven and the aromas were marvelous!
This was the prosciutto slicer on hand!
My spot was in front of a nice warm fire, which was very comforting 
since the temperature outside was brutally cold. 
The guests sat happily and chatted with me while I drew them, to the strains of opera coming from the stereo...here are a few:
Thank you for having me and happy birthday, Oreste!!!

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Happy Valentine's Day 2015!

Last weekend I drew at a sweet little Valentine's Day party for a whole bunch of first and third graders. :-) I'm glad it was last weekend because on actual Valentine's Day this year, the weather is going to be terribly windy and frigid. I'll be snug in my studio drawing while wearing my fingerless gloves, drinking hot chocolate and enjoying my Other Half's company!
Thanks for having me!!! Stay as sweet as you are! :-)

Friday, February 13, 2015

"Baby, it's cold outside!"

One of the really fun-to-do digital caricature commissions I've had recently was this one: for a baby shower invitation!
Anytime I get to draw a high-kicking expectant mom wearing leopard print, I'm happy!
The artwork was my creation and the client did the wording (cute font!) and then used Vistaprint to have the invitations made. 
This was my feedback ( I'm blushing...) 
I can't stop staring at my drawing you made me!!! My baby invites are so cute thanks to you!!! Thank you again!!! :) You are crazy talented!
Thank YOU!!! And stay warm, we're heading into some bone-chilling cold here in this neck of the woods. 

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Who's thinking about baseball in January?

Baltimore Orioles fans, that's who. 
Saturday dawned bitttt-ttt--ttt-terly cold as I got in my car to head south...
...to be ready at the convention center bright and early, for the SIXTEEN THOUSAND FOLKS who attended Orioles Fanfest 2015.
 Had time for a few photos before the doors opened...here's Rick's A-Team this year:
Let the face-catching commence!
A rare BW one:
L: Fatherand son. R: Grandfather and grandson!!
Caricatures are not just for kids!
This is the obligatory returning-from-the-lav photo, towards the end of the day when the crowds had thinned out:
Thanks, Rick!

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

8th birthday party!

Once again, the snow held off just enough to allow for another birthday party. This one was for a cute little eight-year-old and her family and friends..
The girls were Frozen fans and the one boy in attendance wanted to be Indiana Jones. :-)
After I'd drawn the kids, I did the all grown-up kids, too. That seems to happen a lot. ;-)
Thank you so much for having me! What a fun afternoon!

Monday, January 26, 2015

Surprise 70th birthday party for 'Gumps'!

On Saturday afternoon, after a not-too-crippling snowstorm, my easel and I were able to travel to a surprise 70th birthday party for a man affectionately known to his family and friends as "Gumps'. I gave myself extra time to get there, so was early enough to see the moment he walked in:
Gumps came in with a big grin, greeted his guests, and even had a hug for me
Here he is, as a (color, of course, he's the birthday guy) caricature, with his wife (who very much liked how it turned out :-)
Then I got busy with his friends and family, of all ages!
My client, Gumps' daughter, sent me home with a yummy plate of food...and we both were very happy that the snow hadn't postponed or cancelled the celebration. 

The next day I received an email with the recipe for her fantastic homemade potato salad, and some wonderful feedback she'd left for me on Gigmasters:

Absolutely amazing! I've met other caricature artists and Emily is by far the BEST. Not only did she nail personalities she had it together with little kids! She was able to get the personality and features of the little ones, remember it and let them run off if needed. EVERY guest was amazed by Emily and are just raving at her caricatures, as well as her as an artist. Emily is personable yet very professional and had everything in order from communication prior to the event all the way through to the end. If an opportunity arises, I will certainly use her again! If I could give her 10 stars I would!

 Thank you so much! I am so lucky to do what I love, and have such wonderful clients to do it for! 

Saturday, January 24, 2015

January holiday party

Some companies like to wait until the holidays are over...to have their holiday party.
This group of speech pathologists (unlike caricature artists, speech pathology is a female-dominated industry) had a wonderful time in a nice restaurant. The party favors were my caricatures, and little boxes of Godiva chocolates...that's a pretty good haul, I think! ;-)
I drew all during cocktail hour and then as dinner progressed, each lady came and sat for me until I had drawn all of them. My client found me on Thumbtack.com and had this much-appreciated feedback for me:
What a terrific experience. Unique activity was enjoyed by entire team of 20+ people. Emily is warm, engaging, quick and produces amazing caricatures. Highly recommend.
Thank YOU for having me! 

Friday, January 23, 2015

Caricaturist meet-up

The doldrums of January are a good time to enjoy downtime from gigs...so last night the Other Half and I went to a caricaturist meet-up at Dave and Buster's in Philly, organized by colleague John Sprague
First we eat (and drink), see familiar faces and meet new ones, and then we DRAW.
Here's my output for the evening. :-)
And these are of me...by old and new friends: 
L-R Cartoony me by Terry Laban, NASTY me who draws NICE by Patrick Harrington (I hate you, PAT ;-) ( just kidding, I LOVE it) and cuuuuute me by Mike "Shorty" Robinson.
I'm glad I wore my favorite-est hat.  
Here's some pics of the action:
Shorty and Pat dood-oodling away. Pat is wearing his characteristic smirk. 
Chris Chua, Terry, Debbie Schafer and Shorty.
Sean listening intently. 
Below: Ali Thome, she of the sultry voice in the new caricature podcast "It's Supposed to be Funny" 
and Julie Borysowski, whom I used to work alongside at Phillies games way back in the day...
John and Pat,  two of my oldest friends in the caricature biz: 
 Thanks for pulling this together, John!