Saturday, September 29, 2007

September 29... My birthday! and I am spending it working in South Carolina. But since I love drawing people I can say everyday I work is like a birthday. People are so appreciative when I hand them a paper full of lines, it never fails to amaze me even after 30 years. I remember drawing in the 70s, I loved drawing caricatures but I also took it for granted. I drew pretty much when someone paid me to draw. And I didn't yet realize that the majority of humans out there do not love their job. I mean really love it, where every day you work you are playing. Your hobby. Fun. Fun. Fun.

One of the things I love about my work is the travel, seeing new places, and especially meeting people. I meet many college students and it seems in many cases they are conditioned to believe one must work for a company, get a degree, etc. College is great for many, it wasn't for me. I just wanted to do what I wanted to do. I still had many lessons to learn, but I gave myself a chance to struggle and try to survive on my own, doing my own thing. Artists are lucky in a way... they know in many cases, at a very young age, what it is they want to do. Most students enter college and even leave college without any idea what they really want to do. Suddenly, they have 2 kids, a mortgage and are afraid to "start over" and find a job they are passionate about. A shame.

I am not taking my work for granted anymore. Happy 49th Jeffrey!

Friday, September 28, 2007

Much of my illustrating time is consumed with drawing groups of corporate types all together in one picture. My clients love them and the themes I draw are so varied, sometimes I have no idea what the background details are about. As long as it makes sense to the customer. Then again Digital Caricatures such as these (named so because I draw the art completely on the computer) can be rather tame and, well, corporate. Here's a look at one I drew in this fashion.

Most groups include ten to 20 people, but I've drawn many with 30 faces or more, or just a few.