Monday, July 21, 2014

Community Day caricatures for the third year running...

This little waterfront town REALLY likes caricatures. Their Community Day is usually one of my longest gigs of the year, and one of the most fun!
For the previous two years, the weather was sweltering, but this year everyone was remarking on the pleasant temperatures and nice breezes coming off the river (which was right behind me!)
Families and kids abound at this very popular event (the whole town goes crazy with yard sales, barbecues, a parade, boats, a craft festival…the only thing lacking is parking. ;-) I had a huge line twenty minutes before start time, so I didn't photograph much all day. I did get these few:
In fact, I had such a big line, that I was a little afraid to take a lunch break. So when I got a friendly lady in my chair, she offered to go get me a sandwich so I could keep drawing the whole time...
Haha, the little blonde kid was a hoot.
This family told me they got many compliments on the one I did of them last year, which is framed and hung proudly along their stairs.
She smiled during the caricature but not for the photo!
 He smiled the WHOLE TIME!

Thursday, July 17, 2014

A reporter came while I was caricaturing in Maine...

…and wrote a very nice article about Ben's and my artistic endeavors in Boothbay Harbor, that appeared today in their community newspaper. She'd happened by on one of my last days up there, watched us draw quite a few faces, and then asked good questions---probably because she's a watercolorist herself. 
Click here to read the whole article:
Thanks, Suzi!

Monday, July 14, 2014

Emily's birthday AND grad party!

A similarly-named young lady celebrated two milestones this weekend, and my caricatures were part of the fun. Her party was held in a very quaint, Victorian bed and breakfast:
I LOVE when I have comfy benches for my sitters.
There's the girl of the moment!
And here's an assortment of her family and friends:
Siblings. Two showing gums and one not. :-)
I drew hearts and then found out it wasn't like that. So I crossed out the hearts and wrote "Just Friends" 
Three happy ladies.
Two brothers who said they already had a caricature. One said it was a good one, and the other said it was a bad one….so I said, we'll see if I can make you laugh. And I did. ;-)
Grandson and grandmother. Adorable!
Above: two sisters-in-law, they hadn't seen it yet when I took the photo….  (see further below ;-) 
The last caricature bears a little explanation. It was toward the end of the party, and the daughter asked for a triple with her parents. I directed them to my bench, and absent-mindedly proceeded to draw them as a couple----I'd forgotten to leave space for the daughter!! Since she was light-heartedly busting on her dad the whole time, the perfect solution occurred to me---make her into a little devil. ;-)
I LOVE MY JOB!!!
You can see the last three groups' reactions below:

Thanksto Emily and her family for having me! Congrats again!

Update 7-17-14: Emily's dad just sent me this feedback! :-)

I was planning a high school graduation party for my daughter and felt I needed some sort of entertainment that would appeal to everyone and make for a memorable occasion. One of my first ideas was to bring in a mobile photobooth to have people get pictures together. After researching this and thinking about it I stumbled onto the better idea of a caricature artist. My only experience was at amusement parks where I watched the artists work but never took the time or money to have one drawn. I found Emily Anthony on the net and corrosponded through E-mail. She was Awesome at the party! People who did not know each other began to talk and laugh among themselves. Watching her work and seeing the reactions from the people she drew when done was so much fun! It turned out to be a much better choice than a photobooth at less than half the price!

Thank you so much! It's nice to hear about the aspect that I usually miss, because I am so focused on the people in my chairs and the artwork I am doing right then----the effect my caricatures have on the party atmosphere. It is definitely an icebreaker!

Sunday, July 13, 2014

I learned to draw lobsters...

…because they were my schtick for some caricatures in Boothbay Harbor, Maine last week! Folks don't care about cartoon crabs or seagulls way up there.
Complicated little buggers!

The trip took all day and my arrival coincided with sunset… and the drive up was my first time in New England, ever! This is the first photo I took in a VERY picturesque state:
Unfortunately, that was the last sunlight seen for a few days, as the rains from Tropical Storm Arthur arrived to drench the region and make Fourth of July celebrations impossible. :-( 
Below: Boothbay Harbor itself
This one is the actual Atlantic Ocean before the storm came. 
Arthur did make for some dramatic photos. :-)
When the sun returned, so did the caricaturists.  I was the "guest artist"of my friend Ben, whom I met at the ISCA convention and through mutual friends….
Here's some of his wonderful airbrush work, and his subjects' happy reaction:
So I had a lot to live up to! :-D
Here's the working environment: 
Here's the standard diet:
Haha, no, I didn't eat lobster rolls every day. But I could have!

On to: THE CaRiCaTuReS! 
I wanted to make a Maine-centric sample, and almost everything I knew about Maine came through the writings of this man. So Ben and I both made samples of him. Ben's is meaner….and funnier. ;-)
I caught this couple taking a photo of my Stephen while it was still on my easel. 
Here, I have to say that I really didn't enjoy using my French easel for airbrushing. I had the top slanted down far more than I do when using markers and art six, to better be able to see my subjects. Ben's sturdy desk worked much better. Live and learn...

Lobsters adorned many, many of my drawings for the week. It was extremely appropriate for the little family shown here, as he was proprietor of and chief lobster-roll-maker of the little deli across the way. (and where I got the delicacy pictured above. :-)
These two worked in a local restaurant and had a great reaction…such an awesome one, that I flubbed which way to hold my phone because I was enjoying them so much:
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I also drew lots of lighthouses and  a few moose…
The above gentleman was ninety years old, a WWII vet, and his family wanted him to sit for me! He said, "Make sure you get my hat right" and I promised him I would. 
It was interesting to me (and very cool!) that many more senior citizens opted to get caricatures done than what I'm used to. Below, a grandmom and grand-daughter done in black-and-white: (with a lighthouse, of course.)
I also drew plenty of kids during my time there.
This young lady came along when Mars was visible right next to the waxing moon. Yup I drew it too!
SHE wanted a lighthouse, and HE wanted GRUMPY CAT! (luckily, Ben had a sample of the ubiquitous feline, so I just copied it…the credit is all his ;-)
Lest dogs be left out, THIS one came along:
This teenager put her caricature in the window of the adjacent pizza place while she was eating with her family! Free advertising!!
I did get a few spare minutes to get some lovely photos of Maine in the sunshine. This is the harbor some ways up from where we were situated:
And this is the ocean again:
Ahhhhhhhhhhhh, that would be the life!
Thank you, Ben,  and goodbye Maine! That's the LAST photo I took on my trip. :-)

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Tween-theme-pool-birthday!

On Sunday afternoon, I surprised myself and managed to do twenty-two color caricatures in a smidge over two hours---including some very offbeat themes! The party was at a big community pool. The birthday girl asked to be holding a fishbowl in her bathing suit:
In the interests of speedy efficiency,  I didn't take photos until I was done everyone's drawing. Some other themes that were new to me were 1. extreme couponing!! 2. holding a soccer ball and a trumpet and 3. having a giant wave about to crash overhead. Hahaha. 
Two of the dads got in on the fun:
Hahahaha again!!! I love my job.

Gigmasters came through with another great client---thank you, Anne!---who left me some very-much-appreciated feedback:
Emily arrived early and her talents were the perfect addition for our pool party. The moms enjoyed watching her draw and the girls were delighted with their caricatures. It was a special day and well worth the expense.

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Wedding on the marina...

Saturday evening found me on the waterfront…to be part of a wedding reception happening in the quaint little town of Chesapeake City, Maryland. I arrived just as the ceremony had ended and caught a glimpse of the radiant bride:
With a few minutes to spare, I checked out the main street and the view before heading over to the inn where the festivities would take place. Too bad the adorable little art boutique was closed! :-(
Once there, my spot ended up being right next to a window! Sunset view!! :-)
I tried to get a  sweet photo of the bride and groom about to make their entrance as Mr. and Mrs, not realizing the waning rays of the sun put me in the picture, too! :-O
The happy couple danced to a very appropriate song:
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At the appointed time, I started drawing!
I drew dozens of family and friends, but the bride and groom didn't make it over to my chairs (which does tend to happen at large weddings---everyone wants to catch up with the couple they're all there for).
Good night, the bride and groom have left the building!
Thank you for having me, Mr and Mrs!!!

The bride left me feedback on Gigmasters, which is pretty amazing considering how crazy/busy her last few days must have been. Thank you Khia!!! :-)
Emily was beyond awesome! She really added a beautiful touch for my wedding and all my guests LOVED their pictures! Emily arrived early and was extremely friendly! She even offered to do a picture of my Husband and I after the wedding since we were so busy during the reception greeting guests. I would recommend Emily for any event!!! If you don't book her, you're missing out on an awesome experience!!!!