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Continuing to alter my way of drawing my caricatures. – January 24 – 27, 2018

by on Jan.29, 2018, under Caricatures, Cartooning

On my way to Cocoa Beach on January 24th to perform for a wedding I felt a developing cold. By the time I got there, I had a cold – and still have it. But, the show must go on! But could I continue my further altering my approach to caricature to some thing a bit more comic-booky illustration?

Somehow I did, in between sneezing and feeling awful. After the 24th event I rested and did all I could to be prepared for the next event on the 27th. Still sick for this event near Clermont, I really worked at not having a set place for the head and working harder to get each person’s story into the illustration….in between a runny nose and taking in many cough drops.

The 27th event had a lot of young people at it and worked on the larger paper for each. Three of those are the last of the pictures here.

Please let me know how you like this approach. I love, my friend, Trisha Kirby’s response of this approach. “It’s like an entire comic book or illustrated novel wrapped into one image.”

Here are a few from both events:

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Tonight stretched further away from traditional caricatures and wait ‘til you see the cake at the event! – January 21st, 2017

by on Jan.20, 2018, under Caricatures, What's New?

This is Gio and he loves werewolves and science fiction.

I took a further step tonight with my “caricatures” to making each more of an illustration. Instead of beginning to draw faces and ask questions, I asked a couple first to start rolling a layout of images in my head and placing the head somewhere on the page to draw out from. Then I made the rest of the answers fit into the illustration. I really liked how so many of the drawings turned out.

This was also an event I turn down: Children’s birthday party. In this case I worked with the mother, who knows my work and insisted I be there. So, i took the approach I developed at the Florida Parent Educators Association convention last year and flipped from drawing one way for the children (Favorite animal to something they love to do) to the adults. First time doing that and it worked very well.

Frank loves Lord of the Rings and works toward better education options for children.


Bill, a former State Senator, works in actually wrestling involving young people going to the Olympics. He also works to clean up the internal problems the Olympics has had.

Juan strums guitar & saxophone for his church and with classmates. He also loves tigers.

Fun and very challenging seeing how much more I can get storytelling into each illustration.

Marion lives on a small island off the cost of Spain. She loves to paint cubist art and has a mess of pets, including chickens and cats.

The cake was amazing! And not for the sugary faint of heart. That is a chocolate cake with chocolate frosting made by AnnMarie. Kit Kat bars were used as was wood used to build a fort. AnnMarie then used a rubber band to seal it all together.

Next she added M & Ms in the middle, mini-Reese’s cups and mini- Hershey bars.

I had a slice and it was extremely good. But, at my age, one slice was enough! 🙂

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Pasco County Historical Society meeting & work done! – January 19th, 2017

by on Jan.19, 2018, under Caricatures, Cartooning, Florida History!, What's New?

Travelled to Dade City, Florida, for the bi-monthly Pasco County Historical Society meeting, of which I’m a member. Being a bit buried in work at the moment knew I had to get some work done while there. So, during, guest speaker, Susan NcManus’ talk I did scribble some work out!

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My projects in progress: Group illustration! – January 21st, 2017

by on Jan.16, 2018, under Caricatures, Illusration

Here’s a current project I’m working on. These are loose pencils ready to go through the approval process.

I’m going to work to do better posting here….again! Thank you, Linsey Klein, for accidentally getting me to realize it! 🙂

Speaking of which, check out Linsey’s great family photography page : Linsey Klein Photography.

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I’ve been Painting Trumpet Players! – November 5th, 2017

by on Nov.06, 2017, under Caricatures

Performed for a private birthday party in The Villages, Florida, Sunday night. Great group. I did this for the birthday boy, who has the same taste in music as me. I’m at few events these days where Red Nichols, Matt Munro and Lerner and Lowe come up.

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I’ve been Painting Trumpet Players! – November 5th, 2017

by on Nov.05, 2017, under Caricatures, What's New?

Performed for a private birthday party in The Villages, Florida, Sunday night. Great group. I did this for the birthday boy, who has the same taste in music as me. I’m at few events these days where Red Nichols, Matt Munro and Lerner and Lowe come up.



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I’ve been illustrating interesting people for restaurant show pieces Friday night! – Nov. 3rd, 2017

by on Nov.04, 2017, under Caricatures

Locally owned (my favorite kind of) restaurant, Kafe Kokopelli in Dade City, Florida, has me drawing their regular customers, and they have many of those, to decorate their walls with. I’m diving a little deeper with each person and working in a more compelling illustration to spark interest in the art and the person drawn. Here are three.
Though I took a bunch of photos of folks with their drawings, I didn’t take all. Including two shown here.
Take a trip to Dade City and nab a meal at Kafe Kokopelli and see the drawings I did first go round in September!

Jean worked at McDonnell-Douglas for years involving the construction of their military aircraft. She also loves cruises, has a cat and, though a Southerner from Lumberton, North Carolina, can not stand biscuits and gravy!

Cindy camps, has a dog and loves pizza.

Larry likes cars, show tunes and playing a guitar. Here i got the chance of quickly composing a little ditty including his legal career and part ownership of Kafe Kokopelli.

Here is Jean and her drawing.


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#Inktober #21 – I’ve been drawing wedding guests! – October 21st, 2017

by on Oct.22, 2017, under Caricatures, What's New?


#Inktober #21

Sharing a few of the many drawings I drew tonight at a wedding in the very tucked away community of Glen Saint Mary, Florida. Was the end of the night, most had left, so I cut loose scribbling critters for this critter lover. The one critter she adamantly does not love is the palmetto bug. So out he goes! 🙂

Have found myself reconnecting with my old City of Orlando planning and engineering days this past week. Here it continues with a couple who own a surveying firm in South Georgia. We had a great exchange of surveying and engineering stories.

The last illustration is of a lady who is a dental hygienist who takes whatever free time she has to hunt deer. Inverting the whole thing was fun! 🙂

A really great part of the event was to discover it all took place in an historic citrus and plant nursery with structures from the 1880s to 1915. As you can imagine, I was in Florida history heaven. The owners gave me a ton of history of the property and so much more. I have to get back and really see the property.

Parked at the moment to post this and plan the coming week at a spot I love and haven’t been able to get to lately, Lollicup. Despite the two months since here, they still remember my order! Nam Diep, you have a Terrific staff!




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I’ve been drawing life enhancing caricatures in Ocala! – August 17th, 2017

by on Aug.18, 2017, under Caricatures

I’ve been sick this past week and worked to get better for work to do and two events Thursday and Saturday.

I was fortunate to draw for an assisted living facility Thursday. As always, i hear so many wonderful stories. Here are a few and their stories….

A note of the photographs: Had something fading out most all I took. Sorry about that.

Kathryn long hauled bananas for a couple decades back when few women were on the road in a cab by themselves for days on end. These days she crochets.

Gloria’s family goes back, far, far back in Florida history. Family owns or lives on the islands in the Suwanee River. She isn’t able to get back into the Florida wilds she loves and misses fishing. These days she likes to play the organ.

Jessie is a Scottish lassie who loves cards and clowning around. Even her brightly colored attire reflects her playful fun.

Earl is full Cherokee. He mentioned his displeasure with how things have turned out for the Cherokee. Otehrwise, Earl struggles with what to say and his memory. I have him in the early 1800s in Tennessee approaching an American Army encampment.

Debbie has a number of things she likes to do, like reading romances. She also loves watching old western TV programs, like Maverick, Laramie, Tales of the Wells Fargo, etc.


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