2014 marked my 29th year of drawing caricatures at senior high school all-night parties. That works out to over 300 high school parties and over 9000 caricatures since 1985. My first gig that I ever worked was a high school senior all-night party and I have been doing them every year since that first time. Caricatures are extremely popular at these parties. Seniors will sit on the floor waiting for their turn even if it takes most of the night. Some will doze off while waiting. It can be a long night for them since most all night parties begin around 11PM and last as long as 7 hours. Now imagine doing that for a week straight. That’s what early June is like for every caricature artist I know. We all work many of these parties and we are like zombies during the daytime that entire week. It all came full-circle in 2014 though. I drew caricatures at my own son’s all-night high school party in Rochester. He was just one of the many faces I drew in June in the whee hours of the morning. 2015 will be 30 years and counting!
Sony Electronics recently held an invitation-only movie premier for its clients at eMagine Entertainment-Royal Oak for the premier of the latest James Bond, 007 Movie, Skyfall and Goofy Faces was there entertaining guests with movie-themed caricatures prior to the movie! Guests got to choose from 2 different pre-printed movie-themed templates for their personalized caricature. 6 different artists kept busy entertaining and drawing guests for 2 hours at the theater. Many guests got more than one!
Watch our artists highlights from the CNN Grill during the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, NC September 3rd-6th. CNN hired 2 artists from Goofy Faces to draw their staff along with guests at the grill during the convention. This video features samples from Glenn Ferguson and Tom Richmond!
While Republicans were gathering to nominate Mitt Romney as their presidential candidate, artists from Goofy Faces were busy drawing caricatures inside the CNN Grill at the Republican National Convention for 4 straight days! Lead artist, Glenn Ferguson, even arrived a day early to help prepare for this event while the convention was delayed because of Hurricane Isaac. CNN reporters, celebrities, politicians and other attending VIPs were enshrined on the back wall of the grill with their full color caricature which were drawn while they watched. Many news outlets, dropped by to watch and report on the action. Now that the RNC has ended, it’s on to the Democratic National Convention taking place in Charlotte, NC next week!
This year I was offered an amazing opportunity to speak at the TTI/Vanguard: NextGens TechnologiesConference in Miami, Florida at the Marriott Marquis Hotel. TTI/Vanguard is a unique forum for senior-level executives that links strategic technology planning to business success. Their conferences are about discovering technological possibilities for the 21st century. Five times annually, corporate and government leaders, entrepreneurs, researchers, and academicians come together to envision the future’s future technologically. In highly interactive sessions, led by a world-class Advisory Board—John Perry Barlow, Maria Bezaitis, Gordon Bell, Peter Cochrane, Deborah Estrin, Eric Haseltine, Michael Hawley, Alan Kay, Leonard Kleinrock, Douglas Lenat, Robert Lucky, Nicholas Negroponte, and David Reed—and today’s most influential thought leaders, debate is stimulated, and breakthrough ideas flourish.
Being around such innovative individuals was intimidating, to say the least. Having to give a presentation on the art of caricature to a group like this was even more nerve-racking. However, the presentation went off without a hitch and many attendees complimented me on my performance. In addition to speaking and networking, I also drew at one of their events on the last evening of the conference. Guests lined up to be drawn by one of the speakers which was a unique opportunity for them as well as myself!