Archive: 2016-04 1 - 4 of 17 posts

Caricatures at a Surprise 70th Birthday Party

Posted Apr 2016

My latest Client Review was from a Surprise 70th Birthday Party that I did last weekend. My Client said:

5 Star Rating out of 5 Stars VERIFIED REVIEW Caricatures are a big success

Alison did a great job with the Caricatures at our party. This was a perfect fit for the party and a really big hit. It was an adult birthday party, so I wasn't sure ow it would go over and to my surprise it was a huge success.

Expertise *****
Communication *****
Professionalism *****
Priced Fairly *****
Adaptability *****
Reviewer: Patty O. Event: Birthday (Adult) in Nesconset, NY Event Date: Apr 23, 2016 Hired as: Caricaturist

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I was really On that night. In The Zone. I felt so comfortable drawing with these people.


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To Hire Artist Alison Gelbman:
(516) 579-4706
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Good Stuff!

Posted Apr 2016

I feel amazed at what comes out sometimes. Here I was, needing a distraction, drawing from random photos on the web as usual, and look at what came out of me.

I used lighter colors that I usually would have. Even Orange, which I never (never? I did just now....) use as skin tone, Orange which I never use for Men's lips. And it looks Great! I feel so pleased.


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To Hire Artist Alison Gelbman:
(516) 579-4706
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My Age-Old Question

Posted Apr 2016

Once again, here I am, trying to figure out if it's better to prethink the exaggerations or if it's better to let the exaggerations happen whenever they do.

Which way make better Artwork? Which way is easier to do? Which one works better in a Party situation?

Contemplating this while drawing from some random photos on the web.

The first 2 pictures that I drew here are from the same photo. The first time I drew it, I did not prethink any shapes/ideas. At the beginning of my drawing experience, my picture was looking so whitebread, so lifeless, that I planned on drawing it again as soon as I'd be done. But I saved the picture ~ I liked it after I added that lovely curl at the bottom and I went back into the hair/face to 'make it work'.

The 2nd time I drew it, I predrew a circle because the photo depicted a woman with a very round face. I stylized the hair and I emphasized the cheeks by making the mouth smaller. Looks real cute. Either picture is good.

The 3rd picture is just a straight on ~ No prethinking, enjoy filling in the blanks with lovely confident lines. It's okay. I imagine the person would feel fine about getting this picture during a Party. And it's stress-free for me. La-de-dah. But is that what I want to be doing? Pretty pictures with no 'heart'?

So I decided to prethink the exaggerations in my 4th picture ~ but still keeping the approach more like fill in the blanks. I predrew the eyes to stick out of the 'face' (something that can't be done in real life). Then I predrew the rest to be handled with the approach of letting more exaggerations only if and when they do.

I still don't have The Answer, but I like the approach I used on the 4th picture. It felt like just the right amount of being enveloped in the experience with just the right amount of simply drawing what it's 'supposed' to be.


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To Hire Artist Alison Gelbman:
(516) 579-4706
optidust@gmail.com


The Best Set Up

Posted Apr 2016

In designing your Party, you will need Space for the People to Enjoy each Activity. In the case of Caricatures, it's best if the Artist Sets Up in a way that the Guests can See the Artwork as it's being created.

I've had a lot of Experience in this area ~ it's to the Clients' and the Guests' advantage if I am Set Up this way. As part of the Party. To be Seen is just as valuable as to Have the finished drawings (I usually have plastic bags available so the pictures can be seen safely throughout the Party).

I can draw with just what I bring, but it's more comfortable for the Guests as well as for the Artist if my Client provides 3 Chairs near an Outlet (in case I have to plug in my Lights). And it feels much more Professional if I'm given a Space which allows for comfortable People Flow.

Several years ago, I drew up a picture to describe this. It shows my preferred Standing Set Up using my old Easel. At that time, I was requesting a Chair on which I could clip on my Lights if needed (so I would need to be near an Outlet for my Lights).

Today I drew up a new picture for a Client who is preparing for a Boy's Communion. It shows my preferred Seated Set Up using my new Easel and a small stand which I might bring along if I feel like I might be needing my Lights. It's best to use a Seated Set Up if I will be drawing Children ~ because they're shorter than I am and because they might not understand/remember to stand in one place for the whole time that I am drawing. In this case, I would need the Client to provide 3 Chairs near an Outlet (in case I need to plug in my Lights).

Again, I want to point out that I can draw with just what I bring. But I am describing these Set Ups for helping my Clients who want to know what is the Best Set Up.


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To Hire Artist Alison Gelbman:
(516) 579-4706
optidust@gmail.com