Sunday, November 23, 2014

ISCA convention 2014 in Reno, Nevada

ISCA stands for International Society of Caricature Artists, and the 2014 annual convention (held in Reno, Nevada) has just wrapped up. Artists like me are heading home with inspiration filled to the brim, and some sadness that it's over! A long blog post from me all about it is coming (ditto on a post about my caricaturing fun in Texas this year ;-) but for now you can use the hashtag "iscacon2014" on various social media to see amazing caricature art-----and various caricaturist shenanigans.
Here is a look at my wall for now. 
Thank you to the ISCA board and EVERYONE who had a hand in organizing such a wonderful event! 

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Whiskey in the jar....or airbrush paint.

The Maryland Irish Festival is always a merry sea o' green, and I shared a spot with my friend, artist-photographer Patrick Harnett. Check out HIS Facebook page for his 'Ireland the Olde Country' photographs---which are more like paintings. He has A LOT of fans!
Speaking of painting, I brought the hard-working Iwata Eclipse with me and airbrushed plenty of folks with their alcoholic treats... along with shamrocks....and little Irish dancers. 
I even drew an engagement caricature! It wasn't THE actual engagement, it was a 'we want THIS instead of a formal engagement photo'! WOW! ;-D
Had to laugh at THAT t-shirt!!
My Other Half showed up unexpectedly again. :-)


Thursday, November 6, 2014

DrawInn Vlagtwedde 2014----in the Netherlands

No sooner did I return home from my month in Texas, drawing caricatures at their State Fair, (which I still haven't blogged about!) than I was setting off for Europe (!!!) to attend a caricature-artist mini-convention, called DrawInn Vlagtwedde. Held in the northern part of the Netherlands, for twenty-seven artists from nine countries, the venue was the lovely home of my friends Johanna and Johannes...
The great room of their house, originally the attached barn, was instead an artists's studio for most of the week: 
Well, actually it's always Johanna's studio. She's a sculptor of the highest caliber. So, the creative vibe is ever-present. 
The event was also organized by Jan Op de Beeck, who's been a friend now for more than ten years, ever since meeting him at my first ISCA convention back in 2003. 
I was the only American in attendance. The local newspaper ran a story about the convention, featuring the hostess and her two most distant guests:
Jan asked me to do a slide presentation about my experiences with retail caricature in the US. That was one topic even a nervous public speaker like me could handle!
If you'd like to see many more photos:
This link goes to my album of general convention photos on my Caricatures by Emily FB page. 
What a wonderful experience! I am SOOOOOOOOO glad I went, and am extremely grateful to the organizers (who are very dear to me). :-)

Thursday, October 9, 2014


...even if they're behind shades and under a cowboy hat!
Yes, I'm once again doing airbrush #caricatures at the State Fair of Texas, having fun amidst searing weather, copious crowds...and Ebola fears. (!)
This gentlemen took my card and gave me a call the next day to thank me for the caricature of he and his lady friend. He told me he'd been coming to the Fair every year since he was six years old, and that he absolutely appreciated my take on them.

Friday, September 26, 2014

Flashback Friday Caricatures!

 These caricatures are typical of my work...... TEN YEARS AGO! 
I don't use Sharpies, Markettes, the lecturers-chalk-and-glove technique or 8.5" x 11" paper anymore. 

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Carnival-themed corporate fun day...featuring caricatures, of course

I love mid-week, daytime I can occasionally feel that workforce vibe, which is what most people (not caricature artists ;-) are used to! Feels great to provide a fun respite for employees/guests. My caricatures were one of the attractions, along with fresh-spun cotton candy, popcorn and a photobooth.
Thank you for having me!

Saturday, September 20, 2014

T-shirt party favors for a Bat Mitzvah celebration!

The paper got ditched---for fabric---at last Saturday's gig, a Bat Mitzvah luncheon in a scrumptiously-smelling restaurant... 
Out went my easel and in came the palette board (to give me something firm to lean on), the binder clips, (to secure the shirt) and of course, big juicy fabric markers. Even allowing for that little bit of extra prep time in between each shirt (as opposed to pulling out a sheet of paper and presto, ready to go) I was about to draw twenty girls in two hours. :-)
Here's a few samples! The Bat Mitzvah girl got an extra pop of red on hers. 
They were selfie-ing away!
They told me they would all wear their shirts to school that Monday! What a kick! :-)
Thank you for having me! 

Friday, September 19, 2014

Mellow meadow wedding!

Last Saturday, my second event (here's a link to the first with its last-minute hiccup) was an absolutely marvelous and memorable wedding reception, held on the lawn of the bride's childhood home. When I say lawn, I mean beautiful vista, high on a hill, overlooking a meadow where the couple had married earlier that day...which my easel was facing. :-)
The festivities were in an elegant tent...
and again, I had a quaint sign advertising what I'd be doing...
The guests arrived and my pen started to fly!
Nice reactions from this trio!
The bride and groom arrived to cheers and smiles:
They sat for me after making their rounds:
After I'd finished, it was a pleasure to enjoy a lovely meal on environmentally-friendly dinnerware,
check out the other fun activities they'd provided,
and listen to the live bluegrass band!
They were fantastic!!!!
A summer storm passed through but it didn't dampen anyone's spirits! 
Thank you so much for having my caricatures be part of your beautiful day, Andrea and John!

Monday, September 15, 2014

Community Day Caricatures!

Had a bright sunny Saturday morning gig last weekend, at a community day event in a cute little small town...
My spot was in front of the borough hall, near the coolest version of a mechanical bull I ever saw!
But I didn't get to see anyone on it, because my chairs were filled every minute of the two hours spent drawing there. :-)
Caricature reaction ahead!!
He was surprised!

When I tried to leave to get to my next gig, (a wedding reception that was pretty far away)  I was the one who was in for a surprise:
My car was blocked in by an ambulance and a police car! Both of which were unoccupied but had engines running. There was absolutely no way I could squeeze out of there. In looking around to see where they'd gone, I figured...this is a medical emergency...not the time to whine over my needs. I got out the next client's phone number and started to text her I might be late, when someone came and backed up the ambulance a few feet...which solved my problem. And happily, the medical emergency was a minor one. Yay!!