Happy Birthday Lady Liberty!

Today I had no clue that Lady Liberty is 125 years old today! A few years ago I did this Christmas card and thought it would be fitting to post in honor of her. There is nothing like taking the Staten Island Ferry in NYC to Staten Island and seeing her up close as you pass her by.

Cathy Nolan – 3rd Ward Open Call

I know it’s been a while since I have blogged but had A LOT going on! In any case, I am asking all of you to please vote for me. It’s been a while since I have entered a contest but what does one have to lose by trying? I’m submitting some of my favourite pieces so please click the pink url below and vote! Thanks so much and more to come!
Cathy Nolan – 3rd Ward Open Call

Row, Row Row da Boat!

So today my friends Alia and Richard are getting married on a boat! As a present, I wanted all of their guests to sign the caricature to wish them well. Since they have some crazy friends, I was worried about them scribblin’ on the artwork after much alcohol intake so I placed celephane on the artwork to protect it. I think this is a great idea and makes a wonderful keepsake for years to come! Now… how to keep a pen steady to write on it while the boat is rockin’ should be interesting! ESPECIALLY after a few cocktails! 🙂

Tossing Corn on the Bride and Groom

A client of mine down South asked me to created two caricatures of her which they will upload onto a wooden box, have a hole in the middle and use it at their wedding for a corn toss game. Yup. Throwing ears of corn at my caricature of the bride and groom! Should be a fun game!
Here are the two caricatures I did of them recently.

FINAL WEDDING PICTURE

It’s been almost a month since I have blogged – been having a lot going on! Moved from Queens to Brooklyn, still unpacking, meeting client deadlines, dealt with a hacker who got into my websites (fixed now) and soon to be hosting out of town guests from France! Yes, it has been THAT BUSY!

In any case, my client finally decided to go on a NYC / LONDON themed caricature. Her finance is from London and she’s from NYC and their relationship has always been about traveling on the trains to see one another. Her son is a huge enthusiastic caricature lover! She loved it!

Wedding Caricature Sketches

Hi everyone!
Hope you all had a great 4th of July weekend – I’ve been busy moving into my new home and have been busy packing, celebrating and working for a client of mine. She’s getting married to a British guy so I’m enclosing some of my ideas for them. They love to travel and spend most of their time on the train and meet up frequently at Grand Central Station. Of course, what matters is making the client happy. I usually like to meet and interview clients, find out what they are interested in and then capture their personality and things they like to do in the artwork. These are just concept sketches to put the idea onto paper. I’ve done six sketches and would love to know which one do you like? Looking forward to hearing your input

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Indiana Jones – My hero

I love Harrison Ford – he’s one of my favorite actors and I really enjoyed watching most of the Indiana Jones movies. Except for the Temple of Doom – Kate Capshaw’s character screaming the whole time just irritated me. No offense, Mr. Speilberg! So now they are in talks of doing an Indiana Jones 5 movie which is pretty amazing since Mr. Ford is practically 70 years old. I think I’ll have to redo this portrait I did of him and start adding grey hair and do some botox on him. What I love about this character is his love for history, sense of humor, adventure and traveling the world. If there are any Indy fans out there, I plan to sell this so send me a tweet if you are interested. Gotta make some wall room for my new art studio!

Teaching English with a Caricature

As some of you know, I just got back from a three week trip to Asia. I was in Singapore to do some chalkboard design work and then in Bali for my friend’s wedding. Bali is an AMAZING, magical place! People there are so friendly, want to know all about you and are willing to barter with you to give you a good price. Bali folks are amazing and talented! It’s an arts and crafts haven. If you want to buy some cool wood sculptures, you go to this town called MAS. Further down you go to CELUK to buy silver from the silversmiths and then for soap stone sculpture, a town called Batabulan. My friend Theresa and I went to this family’s house (yup – you just walk right on in!) and started bartering for some nice pieces of silver jewelery. The man’s son was very cute and I noticed on their drawing board that he was trying to learn English. So, I offered to draw him in his own home and teach him English! I have to say, making him happy was one of the highlights of my trip!

BALI WEDDING

My dear friend from high school got married a few weeks ago- as a gift I did this caricature of her and her fiance for their beach wedding. The wedding was at the Villa Sahita in Bali and I did the reading. Using photos, I did the sketch first, then filled out the background with pastels, used aqua colored pencils. To do the faces I overlap in different colors for the skin tones using yellow, pinks, then the flesh tones. A bit of bold marker to make it look brighter and finishing with black ink. This took me about two and a half days to do because it helps to step away from the art to really see it clearly. Of course, it’s a caricature so it is to resemble them but be a bit cartoony. However in my opinion the most important feature when drawing someone’s face is to capture the eyes – “the windows of the soul.” Of course, the bride and groom loved it!

SINGAPORE SANDWICH ART

So, I safely arrived to Asia this week and am loving the sunshine here and the weather! It is FAB!
I’m doing some chalkboard design work at my friend’s sandwich shop called MADISON DELI. While I won’t be able to fit a caricature on the chalkboard I will be recreating the whole board. There are lots of great sandwiches to chose from. So, if you are traveling to Singapore and missing those good ol’ New York style deli sandwiches, this is the place to be! @madisondeli on twitter

Doing a chalkboard design is NOT easy – you need to measure everything out, be sure that the writing can be clear and easy to read from a distance and then also a lot depends on the chalkboard itself. If you make a mistake clearly you need to wipe the board down, wait for it to dry and then try again. The small breakfast board took me about a half an hour but the larger board with the coffees took me about two hours. I have yet to do the third one but will try to squeeze that into my schedule here.

I’m off to try a Singapore Sling at The Raffles Hotel -it’skind of like a Long Island Iced Tea – a good way to end a hard days work!