Friday, September 19, 2008

Artist at Work



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Can you imagine what it must take for an artist to work as a cartoonist like this one who does street portraits in tourist areas of Seattle. How many instant meetings must artists like this go through in a day, and how do they cope with all the varieties of people and personalities they must encounter each day. And if they are shy, how do they calm performance jitters enough to get the job done with a crowd of spectators watching their every move. Do you do your job in public or have some sort of audience, and how do you feel about that?

9 comments:

Steve Buser said...

He really has the touch for the instant sketch thing. His cartoon is really lively.

Kim, thanks for all the kind words and thoughts. We have made it through all the hurricane stuff unscathed. The only evidence of it all is that my son and his wife are staying with us. Their house in Beaumont, TX caught a falling tree and will take a while to fix back up.

Bibi said...

I still have the caricature done of me in Atlantic City when I was 6. I like the movement of this fellow's arm!

Olivier said...

cela fait penser aux caricaturistes de place du Tertre a Montmartre sur Paris.

This is reminiscent of the cartoonists Place du Tertre a Montmartre in Paris.

Abraham Lincoln said...

Oh my. This reminds me of my good friend, John Norris, who used to do this on the sidewalk and at county fairs and made more money, at $10.00 a crack, than he made all year teaching.

Beautiful photography as usual.

Strangetastes said...

You see people doing street caricatures in many places around the world. I sometimes wonder about the people who want them done of themselves. I'd be embarrassed.

Since I'm a lawyer, a good deal of my work is performance art. I've come to enjoy it.

Kris said...

I quite like that sketch, it wouldn’t be easy.

babooshka said...

Kim, my partner is the BBC Political Cartoonist for the Politics Show and he definitely would not have a Politician sit in front of him and pose. I admire the street artist they have to not only to master the art but people skills. As a photographer I tend to work solitary and not perform. Easier for my work to tiptoe amongst the shadows and observe.

Excellent question and superb image of the artist at work.

Meg in Nelson said...

Oh, what a funky pic!!! How wonderful. So... alive!

Becky said...

I love how you've made him look frantic with action. He's focused and he's doing a good job. Nice catch.