Ahhh... The life of a cartoonist. This week I'm in the beautiful Westin La Paloma resort near Tucson, AZ. I'm working for another great client who were excited about having a digital caricaturist in the booth. Trade shows come in all sizes, the massively large where you can spend the better part of the day walking from one end of the floor to the other.... and then there is this type, very small, very intimate, with just a couple dozen companies manning their booths. Still, attending these small shows is as important to an up and coming company as the Coca Cola booth is to an international restaurant convention. I have been drawing many hours, making potential clients happy... and that is what it's all about. I lived in Phoenix when very young and I still am mesmerized by the desert. And the desert is particularly beautiful in the spring. Cacti have flowers, the deadly heat has not arrived and wild animals are abundant. A beautiful resort doesn't hurt the experience either.
Last week I had the pleasure of working with famous MAD artist Tom Richmond. Tom doesn't normally draw at gigs but agreed to join me at a college in Iowa I have appeared at before. I have been on a quest to improve me drawing skills lately and what better way than to sit next to Tom Richmond for 4 hours cranking out students' faces. A great time was had by all. Great comments from the staff at the college and great stories from Tom's travels last year around the world. Hope to do it again soon. Thanks, Tom!
Another financial group pic... this time a carnival theme. This one took some doing, lots going on with 15 faces, all had to be at the correct booth with more prominent faces towards the front. Quite a bit of back and forth with the client. But in the end, everyone was happy. I'm also happy the financial investment firms are giving me orders again. I didn't hear much from them in 2009, (which I pretty much expected). Client ordered 15 poster sized copies of this art.