Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Client Tell

Caricature artists are most often perceived as entertainers who ply their craft “live” at events, drawing customers at venues as varied as amusement parks, corporate events and wedding receptions.

While that’s a truism, it’s also just as likely that caricaturists are commissioned to do work for individuals as well as companies to gift a friend, family member or business associate.  After all, art is still art, no matter what “genre” it’s reflective of.  

But it doesn’t get any more personal or customized than through the ego gratifying form of portraiture…and a whimsical one at that.

Welcome to the first-month-of-Spring edition of Not Your Usual Caricature Artist, from Caricatures by Joel.

Here are several samples of commissioned art – clients who had me conceive and draw a caricature of a family member, client or colleague.

The one above is of a local jeweler who advertises frequently on  TV and in newspaper print ads. Friends of his surprised him on his birthday with his caricature.

The group, below, comprises a property management firm that was the marketing client of a friend of mine...who had me come up with this approach.

This couple was getting married, and the bride's mom wanted some fun artwork to double as both a "Save the Date" mailer prior to the event, and a Sign-in Board displayed at the reception...with a plug for the venue.

This time, here, the groom's mom listed all the elements she wanted displayed in this Sign-in Board -- notably her son having graduated from Firefighter training school.

Below s a Sign-In board for a Bat Mitzvah, depicting all her interests.

This Duke Energy piece was commissioned by them to honor their outgoing CEO, Jim Rogers, and depicts his immediate executive staff.

Harry Truman is one of several "Harrys" I was commissioned to further immortalize for the walls of Harry's Tavern & Grill in Charlotte.

Making a bride and groom Time magazine's Persons of The Year to grace this faux cover, used as a Sign-In Board at their reception.

This duffer is a client of an ad agency, who had me acknowledge his big birthday.

This young lady's mom contacted me to draw her as a memento of that major landmark in one's life -- high school graduation.

That's it for March. Tune in again the first Tuesday of next month for another client-directed foray into the realm of Not Your Usual Caricature Artist.