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Entertaining for a cause. – April 8th, 2017

by on Apr.08, 2017, under Caricatures, Cartooning, Friends

Jim & Nicole Collins, me, Don Nottingham and David Moore.

A successful night Friday night during Champions for Champions Fun, Dine, Wine and Giving Night. Much was raised through the dinner, silent auction and other fund raising activities, including some raised by my doing some drawing.

Champions for Champions mission “is to enrich family lives and values through providing and facilitating educational, sports, music, and life skill programs for people with special needs.”

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Life Coaching Caricatures: Bill the Piano player & Painting Nancy! – April 2nd, 2017

by on Apr.05, 2017, under Caricatures, Illusration

I had the opportunity to meet Bill at an event near Spring hill & Weeki Wachee, Florida on Sunday. I met him as he played Stardust and a medley from The Phantom of the Opera. He complained that he missed notes. Sounded great to me. Especially for a fellow of 94 years. Bill drove a tractor trailer most of his career in Canada after his family moved him from England as a teen.

Here’s the watercolor illustration i did of 80 year young Nancy, the birthday girl, who was being honored at the party.

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Life coaching caricatures! in Tampa – June 2nd, 2017

by on Apr.02, 2017, under Caricatures

A few images of the life coaching caricatures I did at an event Saturday night in Tampa, Florida.

Back in February I figured I’d been posting too many of these event photos and figured I should hold off a bit before posting more. Well, a good 15 events later, here are some more.

The first photo is of Rhoda, who is 3 generations Native Floridian from Tampa in one side of family and 5 generations Native Floridian from around Monticello on the other side. I’m going to help her plan a family reunion near Orlando to see Orange County history and not have folks running off to the kiddie amusement parks.

The next image is of Rhoda’s husband who’s training ng as a boxer includes the 5th Street Gym in Miami. How about that, Tom Orr!

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Former classmates and drawings at a Victory Party! – November 8th, 2016

by on Nov.09, 2016, under Caricatures, Cartooning, Friends

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It was great to see Lynette & Suzette Duncan Weddington at a party Tuesday night. I think the last time the three of us were together was during a play we did at Edgewater High School, ‘Dirty Work at the Crossroads’. Unlike myself, Lynette and Suzette have not changed a bit. Stephen Orth, who played the dastardly bad guy, likely remembers that triumph of us thespians! 😀
Otherwise, I volunteered my bit of humorous illustrative life coaching.

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INKTober #15 – Titusville Caricatures – October 21st, 2016

by on Oct.21, 2016, under Caricatures

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Driving home from Orange Park, south of Jacksonville, Thursday night after performing for another wedding, I called my friend Gar Thaddeus Gernstein (As he is known). I mentioned the woman below I depicted at a wedding in Titusville, Florida, last Saturday. She dresses goth and goes from rock concert to spiritualist event to rock concert dressed in black and made up as she is above. That’s when I realized I hadn’t posted the art for that evening and thought i would post the drawing of Debbie, above. Here ’tis.
 
I’ve been cocooned this week working on two projects and haven’t done much more than the trip to Orange Park to draw at still another wedding. I’ll post a few from that event soon.

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Ashley loves critters and has been known to bring them home. Here she terrifies her husband bringing a selection home.

Thanks to Gar for keeping me awake during the long, foggy, deer-in-the-road drive home.

 

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#INKtober #14 – Recording life through cartooning! – October 14th, 2016

by on Oct.14, 2016, under Caricatures, Cartooning

Was part of a marriage rehearsal Saturday north of St Augustine.

Very honored to meet Bob who started with a mere 20 cents and built a construction company through great work and effort, something that escapes too may today. His company eventually was bought by the Orlando based Hubbard Construction Company. His family is still working for Hubbard, now owned by corporations outside our country.

Rich loves orchids of all kinds, especially bromeliads, and hopes to meet Clyde Butcher someday and purchase a few prints of Clyde’s photography. I told him what great folks Clyde and Nikki are and get on down to Venice, Florida, and say ‘Hello’! Also, he needs to plan a trip to the Fakahatchee Strand to see the elusive Ghost Orchid. You can visit Clyde’s amazing work here on Facebook by clicking here: Clyde Butcher

Troy is part of the historically significant Mickens family in West Palm Beach. He had been part of the also historic New Bethel Church, but has recently gone on to start a new church where he is pastor. Had a few moments to talk Palm Beach County history with Troy and hope I can meet with him in West Palm Beach and get a personal tour of the historic churches.

Saturday it’s a trip to Titusville to perform for a wedding at a BAKERY! They better hide the cookies!
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My newest illustration: Fun with Dick van Dyke! – September 9th, 2016

by on Sep.09, 2016, under Caricatures, Cartooning, Celebrity Illustrations

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Here’s my painted watercolor version of the little boy and Dick van Dyke and a penguin.

This is for the family of the little boy they have adopted. The couple was fostering the child due to the actual parent’s drug issues. The child became available for adoption and the two 57 year olds decided to start a new life with a young one. This is for a celebration party for the adoption.

This was done with watercolor on board. Had a lot of trouble with the stripes and wish I’d used color pencil to mark them.

 

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My Illustration of Little Boy & Dick van Dyke! – September 8th, 2016

by on Sep.08, 2016, under Caricatures, Cartooning, Celebrity Illustrations

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Just finished meeting of the Friends of Silver Springs State Park & got some work done!

The little boy I drew, I am told, starts laughing & getting extremely excited anytime dick van Dyke appears on a TV screen. It started while he watched, the film, ‘Mary Poppins’. The parents have shown him other videos of van Dyke and the reaction is the same. The boy is all of a year and a half old.

Penciled and prepped during the meeting this illustration of a young child person who has a fascination with the perpetual energetic Dick van Dyke. This is the prep before I add watercolor. I’ll post the finished painting tomorrow.

Also pencilled and inked a brilliant political cartoon, too. Ken Culotta called me before the meeting with the gag. Finish of that can be seen in the areas I post those. 😀

 

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My newest painting: Little Girls in a Unicorn Fantasy – August 29th, 2016

by on Aug.29, 2016, under Caricatures, Cartooning, Illusration

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Here’s a little painting I did for a family and delivered this past weekend. It’s full of unicorns, rainbows and mermaids. A staunch sense of reality is absent here, in case you haven’t discovered that yourself.
 
Materials used: Watercolor board, watercolor, a bit of color pencil and outlined with various marker brushes.

 

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Volunteering some Caricatures for Special Olympics Friday night – July 1st, 2016

by on Jul.02, 2016, under Caricatures

Volunteering some Caricatures for Special Olympics Friday night!

I did a rare volunteering of my Improvisational Illustrations 🙂 to help with a fund raising event Friday night for Special Olympics . Thanks to Maria, Don and Loida for inviting me!

See each drawing for a bit behind each. .

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‘Can We Finish the Operation Now?’.
Desimer works as a photographer and nurse.

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‘Bringing swords to a Hog Fight’.
Ted has lived a full live and had so much to say. His love of armaments, including samurai and broad swords. He’s also known to go hunting.

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‘Hai!’
Chris is one of three people at this event who loves swords. None knew each other shared the like of such long, sharp objects! Chris’ diet swerves from meat eating to vegetarian to meat eating to vegan and back again.

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Celebrating 37 Years of Caricaturing! – June 27th, 2016

by on Jun.27, 2016, under Caricatures

Well, as LinkedIn has been reminding me with messages in the past few hours, June 27th marks 37 years since I placed B-6 to acetate and started drawing caricatures at Ringling Brothers/Barnum and Bailey Circus World in Haines City, #Florida.

I had just turned 16 and my first job with Michael Hanson Artists had me thrust between two other artistic strangers and a large waiting crowd of people to draw as many $1.49, I believe, caricatures as I could. Basically I was dropped into the deep end of the pool.
 
Drawing multi-dozens of caricatures a day during the Summer and then one for a few years, before we converted to Sharpies, got me mighty nimble with a B-6 nib and a bottle of ink. I remember later getting to the Joe Kubert School of Cartoon and Graphic Art, Inc. and, the great cartoonist, Hy Eisman asking,” You drew WHAT with a B-6″?
 
It’s been many years and lots of caricatures at Circus World, Hyatt House, Mystery Fun House, and on the Disney property. Tons of private events. Some of my favorites have been drawing for our veterans. Including those I did with my The National Cartoonists Society pals.
 
Last week while looking for something else i came across a story of an excursion we made almost 4 years ago. Hadn’t seen it and I’ll attach it below. The photo of me veils how horribly sick I was. Being in the mid-east had put sand in my sinuses, that don’t work well anyway. I believe someone called it the “Kuwaity Krud”. As the Krud engulfed me I was a mess for the rest of the trip and weeks after. I thank the rest of the crew for the trip for putting up with me and my hacking cough and sneezing.
 
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