Archive: 2013-02 1 - 4 of 9 posts

Difficult Conditions

Posted Feb 2013

This is one of those times when I'm reminded that I'm Working for these people. A Servant. But by the time the Party ended,

I would have forgotten about all the difficult conditions if not for my Headache. The guests were really turning on to the activity by then, and that feels good. The guests were very happy. But I knew I was Working for them. I was well aware that I was there for Their joy. Even though I was feeling uncomfortable.

It started like this: There I was, happily coming in An Hour Early to set up. I usually show up less than a half hour before I'm scheduled to draw. But this time, I felt happy and giving ~ Walked in plenty plenty early ~ Figured I'd have plenty of time to set up just ever so ~

I'd worked at this Venue before, so I knew what the space was going to be like. The previous time I had worked here, I was allowed to take over the whole Stage. I liked that.

But different clients plan different activities. So many good ideas. Turned out that this client wanted to use the Stage to have photos of their people showing on the big screen throughout the event. But that meant that I couldn't set up in such a way as to block 'movie'. I was actually told, and this seemed ridiculous, to set up on a 'leg' of the stage that came from the side of the stage. This was an elevated stage-like area that was only 3 or 4 feet wide before we'd fall off the edge. No barrier, one flamboyant step, and I'd take a fall.

And the lighting was not only very low, dark; they also had constantly changing Colored lights. Red. Yellow. Blue, Red, Yellow, Blue, Red.... No room for any sort of a table to hold the papers and supplies on that stage-leg. No room to set up my easel because the guests could fall off the stage while trying to walk passed it. I set up as close as I could to the wall..... well, window. I had a real Cold draft coming in from that window. This was nothing like the previous time(s) I had worked here. Oh. Okay. I'm here to add to their fun. And they had lots of different activities to choose from.

A Corporate event. Many people meandered in late. It was a slow start. I kept at it. I pushed for interactions. I got them laughing. The Party warmed up. People got involved. And I made some Fun pictures. I'll show some here ~ I tried to make the photos as visible as I could. Can you see the quick drop from my setup by noticing the man that is standing on the lower floor at the end of the stage-leg?


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To Hire Artist Alison Gelbman:
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Studying for Freehand Glitter Tattoos

Posted Feb 2013

Nothing like getting an Experienced Artist for your Events. It really makes a difference. Even now, even me, having been a Party Artist since the previous Century (lol - that was less than 20 years ago ~ It's only 2013 now), but well, that's the Caricature-Way of saying that I've had a Lot of experience working at Parties. A Lot of Experience with all kinds of parties. And all kinds of Art.

Birthday Parties. All Ages. Newborn through Eighty. Rites of Passage. Bar/Bat Mitzvot. Communions. Office Parties. Bar-b-ques. Pool Parties. Beach Parties. Engagement Parties. Showers. Weddings. Retirement Parties. Christmas Parties. Proms. Graduations. Schools. Camps. Surprise Parties. Cocktail Parties. Dinner Parties. Dances. Block Parties. Costume Parties. Singles Parties. After-Proms. Housewarming Parties. Sweet 16's. Boat Parties. Indoor Parties. Outdoor Parties. Reunions. Mardi-Gras Parties. Halloween Parties, Day of the Dead Parties. July 4th Parties. Purim Parties. St Patrick's Day Parties. Super-Bowl Parties. Store Openings. Show Openings. Valentine's Day Parties, Mothers' Day Parties, Fathers' Day Parties........

Caricatures. Face-Painting. Balloons. Fashion Sketches. And Before that, I did Portraits and En-Plein-Aire Paintings, Pastels, Oil, Alla-Prima. Taught Crafts. Also taught Oil Painting and Controlled Painting. Sumi-e Painting, Color Theory........ Yet it's still better if I have Experiences with a new Activity before offering it Professionally.

Glitter Tattoos. I've been practicing on friends for a few years already. And I've really Upped my Practice onto myself recently. I have all the Supplies and I'll be taking them out to Parties now. But I'm still offering it at a Discounted Rate. Just in case I hadn't thought of something yet.

Some of the things I've learned recently are:

  1. Do not rely on the stencils that are sold for Glitter Tattoos. The stencils are usually small dinky things that need freehand embellishments, anyway, so I might as well paint my own shapes. The stencils feel tedious. Not to say that painting with glue is graceful. But at least I end up in a relaxed buzz as I glue, dab, glue, dab, glue, dab..... But when I was using those Stencils, I just felt tense. Not a good vibe for a Party:

  2. It's much easier to create a Tattoo on a person (or body-part) that's sitting in front of you than to handle that type of painting in a mirror. Here, for example, is a photo of a swirl design that I made with glue in a mirror. Even though the decollete-area is a lovely place for a Glitter Tattoo, it came out so much more gracefully when I was able to see my ankle directly in front of me (as decorated in the previous post):

  3. Do not make Large Closed Areas full of Glitter. Looks and feels Great ~ talk about skin-tight clothing! But I didn't feel comfortable about having such a large area of skin covered. Didn't seem right.

  4. Be clean with my lines, carefully leaving spaces between the shapes. I liked this tattoo, but it would have been better if I left more spaces:

  5. Even though I've only used Professional Glitter created and sold explicitly for Glitter Tattoos, some brands are better than others. I didn't like the ones that are not shiny:

Now I'm ready to start Glitter Tattoos at Parties. They look so glamourous. I have the right supplies, the right attitude, the right history, and some real experience with both making and wearing the Glitter Tattoos.


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To Hire Artist Alison Gelbman:
(516) 579-4706
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Glitter like Henna

Posted Feb 2013

I designed this Glitter Tattoo based on a Henna design. I like the way it looks. Even though it was tedious to paint.

I learned that painting with glue is not like painting with paint. Those beautiful teardrops and bamboo-leaf strokes that I learned for Face-Painting and Sumi-Painting ~ Not for Glitter Tattoos. Not for Henna. The beauty of these designs lies in the Pattern. Making Patterns.


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To Hire Artist Alison Gelbman:
(516) 579-4706
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Simple Digitals ~ Printed

Posted Feb 2013

Wow ~ I love how they came out.

I finally got tired of the tedious fill-in-the-blanks style that I had been shown for digital Caricatures. I sat back, made a lot of layers on my IPad, but then just used a few of them (sometimes even just one), and I drew easily/freely ~ just going for the most important parts of the Caricature and then playing with the ArtStudio app. Comfortable. Not sure how long they took me, but I know it was less than the tedious crap I had been shown.

The Caricatures didn't end up as accurate a likeness as I'm accustomed to getting on paper, but the impact more than made up for that. I love how they look.

So I went to the next step in my studies for offering digital Caricatures. I printed them out. Looked great even on plain paper, Phenominol on Glossy Paper. I even sized them to leave a border around the prints ~ looks frame-like. Crisp. Dramatic.


You can click on some pictures in this blog to see them larger.
To Hire Artist Alison Gelbman:
(516) 579-4706
optidust@gmail.com