I’ve been working a convention live caricature gig here in Minneapolis the past few days… wrapping that up today. I very rarely do this anymore, but this one was in my backyard and paid a good rate so I took it on (I am able to charge a bit more by billing myself as a MAD Magazine artist, that adds a bit of notoriety to the equation). The company I am doing it for are very nice and fun people, and I’m bringing in crowds for them which is the whole idea. Here are some pics they took of me.
That said, I am not sure I really enjoy doing this kind of thing anymore. On one hand it’s nice to be doing the spontaneous drawing thing, with no deadlines involved. I show up. I draw. I go home when my scheduled time is up. On the other hand, when I do the inevitable clunker of a drawing I cringe a bit more than I used to. That might be a function of my just not doing live work much anymore, as good live work is something you need to keep doing regularly to stay sharp at. I think it’s more that my eye has been accustomed to seeing results I spent more time working on from reference that isn’t talking on their cell phone, eating a corndog or in general not looking at me for even a split second.
Then again, I do have some fun once I get there and get into the drawing.
However, I think two live gigs in the last 2 plus months is enough for a wile. A long while.
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929 New profile pic courtesy of my self-caricature for the Scott Maiko penned article “Gotcha! Mug Shots of Common (but Despicable) Criminals” from MAD 550
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