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I was Interviewed!

Posted 27 days ago

How and when did you get introduced to the wonderful world of caricature? Back when I started my career as a CARICATURE ARTIST ~ before Y2K if you know what I mean ~ I had no connections to other CARICATURISTS. I tried networking when I would find a CARICATURIST at a Street Fair, but not much came of it. A few Artist friends, yes, but no one even told me that it was called CARICATURE. I coined the term CARTOONICATURE, and I went out there with my PORTRAIT skills. Lol ~ actually holding my thumb up to measure sizes and angles while drawing CARICATURES at Parties.

If you could make 3 wishes come true what would they be? I wish that people didn't judge others based on how they look. I wish that people weren't afraid to look however they turn out. I wish that people didn't buy in to some 'Hollywood' norm that they want to look like. I wish that people treated Everyone with respect. I wish that people would accept all sorts of personalities ~ acknowledging all the parts of themselves as well as of others.

Tell us a funny story relating to caricature... Lol ~ That's a funny question! Since I feel like funny is all CARICATURE should be about! Playing and laughing.

What are your interests? Strokes ~ made with Markers or Colorsticks, Pencils, Brushes..... Strokes ~ made with Hands or Arms, Feet..... How my body works ~ Weight-lifting and Jogging.... People, TV, Movies, Music, Meditation..... Yes! Meditation ~ That is my approach to All my other interests ~ choosing my Focus. So many different things we can choose to focus on when we are doing any thing

What is one thing that cheers you up? Meditation

What does being a caricature artist mean to you? Being a CARICATURE ARTIST is to know how to really do IT. To understand that Real Art happens only when we are Really in the Zone. Pure Unconcontrolled Experience. Drawing CARICATURES is a time when I can practice that ~ so I will know how to do it when I'm Dancing, Loving, Eating, Talking, playingscrabblecleaningthebathroomsweepingthefloorsitting, answering these Interview Questions ~ Yes I want to leave my answer with that long runtogether word. I feel like it expresses what I'm talking about.

Who or what inspires you as an artist? I look at the Artwork by other Great Artists for Inspiration. Including Peter Maxx, John Lennon, Joe Bluhm, George W Bush, Daniel Greene, Kira Layli,, Charles Sovek, Andy Warhol, Angie Jordan, Keith Haring,

What is your favorite movie OR music? My favorite music is The Arkhams ~ I use it to jog. My favorite movie is Into The Woods.

What was your favorite toy as a child, .....or now? My IPad Pro ~ It's what I've always been waiting for! It's here! It actually exists!

What would you like to tell other Artists? Lighten up. We are just Drawing Pictures

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Manhattan Club

Posted Mar 2018

For yesterday, I was drawing at a Swanky Manhattan Club that was meticulously maintained for much more than 100 years. It felt like I was drawing on the Titanic ~ but luckily I didn't have to be on the Water.

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Trying to Make Sense out of HEX Codes

Posted Mar 2018

again, I don't know why I choose what I choose to Focus on each day. Because there was no reason for me to get back to making those ProCreate Palettes now ~ I have so much to do to prepare for This Week's Regular Caricature Gigs and This Week's Facepainting Gig. But that's what I did in my Drawing Time.

It will be Fantastic when I get to my Next Digital Caricature gig ~ Because my Palette will be perfectly custom made for Me.

I've been studying a lot. Learned a Lot about Hex Codes and the difference between the Colors of Light coming In (Hex Codes) and the Colors that are Reflected back (Oil Paint Colors), but it still feels hit-or-miss to come up with the Hex Codes that I want to use for my Palette. I couldn't just pick numbers/letters that were equidistant from each other ~ that didn't make patterns of Colors.

I even tried to make a traditional Color Wheel using FF0000 and 00FF00 and 0000FF, but that also didn't tell me anything. The Colors (and the mixtures) were all over the place. Neither Intensity Nor Values made any sense from it. Analagous Colors, Complimentary Colors, such a botch. Things happen with these Digital Colors like you mix two Dark Colors and you end up with an unrelated Chroma that's even a Light Color. Sometimes.

So it's still hit or miss as I make my own Perfect Palette. But it will be worth it when I get to my next Digital Gig because I will be able to Quickly Find the Colors that I need.

FOLLOW UP ON APRIL 4, 2018: I got it! I met with my Computer Guy today, and he taught me about Base 16 Numbers 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 A B C D E F. I'm happily doing Math now, and I figured out some Beautiful Palettes. So perfect.

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Studying Eyes

Posted Mar 2018

I loved the CARICATURES that I drew here last night. But I did notice that most of the eyes were just hints. It worked in these pictures because that was what I saw. Many of the reference photos were reactions that these people had when I showed them their CARICATURES, and most people squint away their eyes when they Laugh. I wonder why that is. I guess it's something I'll have to think about when I have a chance to do so.

Anyway, I decided to focus on eyes tonight. So I enlarged the photos of a few of the eyes in some of my reference pictures, and I just drew the eyes. Linework like I would use in a Party Caricature, but no real exaggeration. It's Study-time again.

One of the interesting thing I picked up tonight was to see that Not All of the Eyes have a highlight. Another thing to think about. What causes one person's eyes to reflect highlights in the Same Setting where another person's eyes to not reflect highlights ~

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