Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Celebrating the Military Child at NMMC

I had the privilege (and all around good time) of spending several hours last Saturday, drawing caricatures of children who'd come in to have fun and learn about the Marine Corps during NMMC's Family Day event, "Celebration of the Military Child."  My colleagues at the Museum and fellow artists Charlie Grow and Tony Espree, also drew their hearts out as the kids lined up to be caricatured.
Here I am, drawing a caricature of a young man who's just enjoyed a good face painting at another one of the booths! Drawing takes the Eye of the Tiger for sure...!
If you've ever sketched  peoples' faces and tried to get a likeness, then you know that portraiture on the spot can be difficult-- and that caricature can be even more challenging than portraiture! So it started out as an excruciating exercise, but it ended up a great training session via the art of caricature to sharpen the eyes, hone the hand/eye coordination, and interface with the public.

Click here for photos of the event.

Click here for photos of the artists plying their trade at the event.  

Mrs. Bonnie Amos, the First Lady of the Marine Corps, was at the event reading to the children, and afterward took time in her busy schedule to sit for her caricature (no pressure!).

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