Friday, October 12, 2007

National Caricaturist Network Convention






Here's some photos from my first NCN convention which was in Reno, Nevada for a week last week. I met a lot of people, got a lot of drawing done, and expanded my caricature mind...
There were guest speakers (Daniel Adel), contests, and workshops. In the speed competition, I drew 12 caricatures in 5 minutes- but that wasn't enough; the guy who won did 22!! It was a lot of fun regardless of awards.
Here's some samples of the ones I did there. It's always better to see the actual people to understand the interpretation, so I'll try to include the photos when I can.
Unfortunately, I had a string of bad luck when I first got there: I had $40 in my wallet which disappeared somehow (still not sure how), then I went to take more money out and my debit card expired and I couldn't take any more money out! Luckily, my friend, Elgin from NYC lent me some money, and then I sold some of my brush pens to to Lea from Dallas to make some more. She wanted them anyway, and she couldn't get them in Texas, so it was win-win. Then, at least, I could eat for the week- even if it was mostly 7-11 food. So I made it back okay and was able to do a good body of work. It really felt like I was back in art school- just being around a lot of good, creative people and working all day and night consistently. No computer, no TV, no phone- just focusing on our work. It's something I need to do now to get my commissions done- they (Faces and Names) want them (Sarah Silverman and Minnie Driver) done by the end of the month

11 comments:

The Keeper's Notes said...
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The Keeper's Notes said...

The Keeper's Notes said...
These are all great, Dan. I like that you tried different techniques with the various caricatures. I also dig your blue pencil ones, like the pretty girl here. Lots of fine detail and your handling of her hair is really terrific. The guy at the bottom reminds me of Don Martin's drawings from Mad magazine.

Everybody's gotta be in a Gang said...

Thanks, Justin- there's more to come...

Jan Ibelings- karikaturist IBIS said...

i like the work you did in Reno, Dan.The Roger an Kage are beautifull in the way you colored them. Thanks for the one you did of me.I put it in my fresh blog.
Jan

Everybody's gotta be in a Gang said...

Thanks, Jan- good to hear from you. Glad you liked the one I did of you. I'll post it in my next post.

jason quinones said...

great looking stuff dan!
i too am a fan of the last one from this set you posted. the guy's face just cracks me up. it would've been nice to see a photo of him but i'm sure it's spot on.
it's nice to see that one of us isn't chained to a 9-5 and is doing their own thing.
and if reno is anything like vegas... money does have a strange way of disappearing there!

Everybody's gotta be in a Gang said...

Thanks, Jason- I think there's a photo of him on the NCN website: www.caricature.org

Yeah, I'm not chained to a 9-5, but I am broke, so it's always a balance. I might have to go back to the Fashion jobs soon...

Those Casino towns are a vacuum.

My Pencil Box Zoo said...

Dayamn! Dat there's sum mighty-fine drawin'.

Seriously, I LOVE the drawing of Mayuko. This seems like a slightly more cartoony hand for you. I'm diggin' it!

Everybody's gotta be in a Gang said...

Thanks, Rob. Check out sketchbook scratch from my links. I have a couple of drawings on there that I think are more cartoony than the Mayuko drawing.

MAY-DAY said...

I LOVE NOSE CHIN MAN ARTISTCALLY DISFIGURED GREAT JOB ON ALL OF THEM..

Everybody's gotta be in a Gang said...

Thanks, Carlos- he was the president of the NCN.