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The Easy Way to Draw

Posted Sep 2019

I was drawing Caricatures for a high profile Client. They let me photograph my Caricatures, but they wouldn't let me photograph the person I was drawing.

And then they clipped my wings. Funny that they were afraid of my exaggerated Caricature drawing style (that's what Caricature means ~ isn't it?). Yet just today, On the train on my way to this #Event, , I booked an even Bigger job with a different Client (Client #2). Client #2 specifically hired me because I was 'willing' to draw "deprecating" Caricatures of her guests (her words ~ not mine). People. Go figure.

Anyway, after I drew my first Caricature at this Event, my Client asked me to draw more like the other Artist that they had also hired. She was doing Simple stuff ~ sketchy things with the marker ~ Outside-In. Jut draw the outside of the face without exaggeration and then fill in eyes, nose, mouth. So okay. I agreed to do that. It would be easier for me anyway.

But I still used My type of lines. And I quickly discovered that I could still exaggerate a little ~ even with this simpler style. And my Client discovered that her Guests loved my exaggerations. Even though they were of course, quite toned down because I had to draw 'Face' instead of 'Drawing'.

This approach felt very relaxing. I did not need Any predraw. Here are the first few drawings that I drew at This Event. Simpler style, yet I still like them

btw, the Paper was White. The photographs look like they were drawn on tinted paper, but that was not the case. It looks that way because the Light in the room was Dark.

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Pencil Caricature

Posted Sep 2019

This is what i did tonight. I chose a different medium for drawing Caricatures so I could use a different approach.

For reference, I used a photo of a Man who had a regular quick fun Caricatue drawn of him at a recent #Party. But instead of using Marker this time, I approached it as though it was going to be a Pencil Portrait.

I wanted to do it because I could get some 'Just Leave me Alone Time' by getting involved in it. Not talking about Other people bothering me, but to get Myself to Leave me Alone. To anchor my brain to this project. We really get involved once we get that pencil moving.

Didn't finish it. Not going to finish it. I don't have to finish it. I like it just fine. But maybe I should have just done it as a Portrait? with No squashing?

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Google Review After Proposal Caricature

Posted Sep 2019

Here is the Google Review that I got after last weekend's Proposal Caricature. It really was a great experience. I felt like my Client chose the Best Location in Central Park NY that I ever saw. Top of the world. Overlooking the beautiful city. A big crowd of onlookers stopped to watch me draw ~ waiting for The Moment of the Proposal. The love. She was shaking from the excitement.

Tejas Patel ~ 5 stars out of 5 stars

Had an amazing experience with Alison! She is very good at what she does, very responsive, and kind/thoughtful. Highly recommend her for any occasion.

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Reinventing the Wheel. Again.

Posted Sep 2019

Time off tonight. I figured I would like to just draw some simple shapes.But I didn't just draw shapes. As soon as I picked up the Color stick, I thought my shapes into face parts.

My background is Realistic Painting, not in Linework. I always started with a Toned Canvas. So I decided to get a slice of brown craft paper to start again.

Not as bad as before, but not as fascile as it should have been. t's hard to imagine how the light falls on such a complicated structure as a face when you have one there to look at with controlled lighting .

It's my experience with Party Caricatures that the toned paper is only used for darker skin-toned people. Even light skinned people also have a skin tone when you're Painting them. They're not White, like White Paper. Maybe it's because we exaggerate when we draw Caricatures, like Light is almost White, so we leave it white? I don't know how it came about. But sometimes it's just easier to do what' expected.

So I started to make up a face. Again on white paper. But I decided to use a midtone color stick for the background. (also not a good idea ~ back to the paper conundrum some day). Anyway, I drew a light/midtone blue around 'the face area' before starting. I guess it's 3-dimensional. I don't really like it, but it will probably have a good effect on subsequent Caricatures that I will be drawing at Events. After I suffer the questions, I make better pictures.

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