Tag: gift-caricatures 5 - 8 of 9 posts

My First IPad Job

Posted Jun 2013

I did it. ALL on the IPad. Success!

It wouldn't have been my choice to use this long horizontal format, but it's what my client requested. I didn't mind. As long as I had a chance to make it all happen on the IPad, I was Focused!

She wanted the invitation to fit the horizontal 4" x 8", emphasizing the man's white tuft of hair coming out of his left side, including the 40.5, and in the style of a black/white picture that she sent me. And Very specific instructions as to Color and Design. So the design of this picture isn't mine. I just did the Caricature-Silhouette and, yes this is the best part, I did all the IPad manipulations. This was my perfect for my first official IPad job. Because I could focus on the IPad. I was pleased that I was able to follow all her directions as well as draw the Caricature on the IPad.

Of course, I had to cover over my client's personal information before showing you the Artwork. to protect their privacy:

and I already have another digital Caricature job to handle in the Studio. Much more complicated, though. So I probably won't do it All on the IPad. Still, I feel empowered. I am looking forward to using the IPad whenever it would be appropriate.

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Digital

Posted Jun 2013

Oh Yay ~ I got my first job doing IPad Caricatures. And as usual, I'm not given more than I can handle. This job is for Studio work. So I don't have to be concerned about Speed.

I hope I'll have time to do it all on the IPad. Because I'm trying to get comfortable enough to put together an IPad Set-Up to use live at Events. But I'm not worried about coming through with good Artwork for this job because I can always move it into PhotoShop on my regular Computer if I get stuck. The order is only for a Digital Caricature, so PhotoShop is just as acceptable. I've done that plenty of times before. PhotoShop Caricatures.

And sure enough, before I even got started, I was hit with a complication. I always send digital Caricatures as jpegs in an email. But this client wants it sent as a pdf file. So I tried it before agreeing to the job. And I found out that ArtStudio on IPad doesn't offer pdf as an option. So I tried an experiment.

I drew a quick little picture on my IPad. I emailed that to myself as jpegs. From that email on my regular Computer, I pulled the jpeg picture into PhotoShop. In PhotoShop, I found something called PhotoShop pdf. I saved it as the PhotoShop pdf, emailed it to my client, and told her to only order the picture if this works for her.

I'm going to try to put both files onto this post. To see if it works here. The first one is the jpg picture, the way I usually put pictures onto this blog. The second one is the PhotoShop pdf picture.


Oh ick. They look the same. But when I was uploading them, I got all sorts of messages of things like the pdf picture might not be able to be edited. As always, I'm glad to be able to send my client what she wants. But I would prefer to have it as jpegs if I had a choice.

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Power Point Client

Posted May 2012

It feel so good to finish difficult projects successfully. To get the thumbs up from my client. Good. Done.

Do you remember that Power Point client that I had last year? Did some really neat illustrations for him.

UPDATE 2017: Egads ~ When I remember how crude it felt to use those old styluses on the IPads, I feel thrilled about our New Technology. These days I've switched to the White Pencil and the ProCreate App, and I would never consider working with the Supplies that I had when I made these CARICATURES.

He called again this year. To prepare for the Presentation he gives the employees. So much intensity. Talking with him ~ all the business stuff he knows ~ so intense brainstorming with him ~ of figuring out what he wants me to draw.

He has really intense ideas. And thinks that everyone knows what he knows. Like, like, do you know what a Bee Swarm is? In business? I'm just a freelance Artist here ~ I sure didn't know. As he's throwing words like Pricing Controls, Valuation Troubles, Pricing Discrepencies to me fast. Fast fast fast. And he wants all sorts of this stuff Written onto his pictures. Writing? I thought we were Drawing here. But okay. I'll include whatever he wants.

So first, he's describing all sorts of stuff to me. Including things like turning 6 people into dogs in a backyard. Digging for bones. Tossing them around. A pile of bones with those words on it. One of them chasing a bone all the way to China where a person says something specific....

Then, after I send him my quote, he whoa, didn't realize what it involves. Has a budget - What can we do? So I, after ruminating on the 6-person picture, had to redesign. stop. So he could switch to 2 dogs and 1 person. I drew the picture.

Then, Revisions. Take the ears off the dogs !?! 'Naturalize' the purple face. Bone that's going to China needs A Lot of Words on it.... Practically overnight production. I don't think he realizes what this all involves. We don't just erase things and find the 'lawn' behind it.

Here I am - middle of the night. Again. And here's the 2 pictures. The first one I designed with everything he said. And the 2nd one with the Revisions stuck on. Fun for me to do, but I don't think revisions are good for the integrity of the picture.

And the 2nd picture. He wanted TWENTY-EIGHT NAMES WRITTEN on puzzle pieces that come together in the form of a bee. Another complicated picture with a beehive with more types of business expressions, etc..... When he wanted to bring down the price, he cooled his coals. Beehive no longer needed (but I did manage to surprise him with a hint of a beehive in that first doggie picture - just for fun.)

Anyway, it was real hard to tone myself down to just write the names legibly. I also have grandiose ideas of my own. Wanting to do more than I have to (like it wasn't complicated enough?). Wanting to be more clever than I am. Then, I finally had to just GET IT DONE. and READABLE. Just USEFUL FOR MY CLIENT. Instead of trying to make Myself better than real. A little humility sure makes the job easier. would make Life easier.

Then, client received finished picture. And requested Revisions. Again. ??? Wanted me to write something on the bones. Not too much to change here. But on my own, I had to go back into it and fix the wings. Having sent him the pictures On Time, having met my client's really tight deadlines, I had to stop drawing when they were good enough, But since I got a little extra time that magically appeared when my client wanted revisions..... Well...... Wings!

And his 3rd picture. I was supposed to come up with a tug-of-war. With a small woman winning against their Competitor who was to be represented as a gorilla I can draw a gorilla?

I created the picture. Figuring out poses for winning and losing tug-of-war. Figuring out how to describe what the client wants...(Note: there's actually their logo written in the eureka-star. and their competitor's logo written along the bottom of the sweater. I chose to change it here to protect their privacy. I have nothing against either company.

Sent it to client and

Revisions! Again! Make the competitor's logo larger - on the back of his sweater. Make the girl heftier (How was I to know? He only sent me a little head-shot. Didn't even show the length of the girl's hair which I had to guess). And turn the sky-star into a blue-ribbon. Oh. I was thinking ~ How is that going to affect the Colors I had chosen..... AND - the gorilla had to be wearing pants. That's what my client said:

Oh. It's so satisfying to finally send it off the the client. And to receive his note of appreciation:

Quote: Well done and Thank You!! UnQuote.

It was great when I printed out the first versions at the Office-Supply store so I could make Revisions. I can't afford a Cintique. Or even a Wacum Tablet at these budget prices So I printed out the pictures and got to see a really good finished product. I like my style of Coloring in PhotoShop.

Good Night. I'm tired. The good kind of satisfied tired.

Did I say Good Night?

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the 60's

Posted Mar 2012

ah yes - that's my style - art from the 60's - psychodelic ~ Client said that her brother liked the Beatles, his Motorcycle.... Sent me photos that showed him at a girls horseback-riding show, that showed him on matching gift-motorcycles with his wife and big ribbons......

here's what I came up with:

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