Can you honestly go back to doing something you love even if you haven’t done it for years?
The short answer is , Yes, I think so.
I used to do live (and studio) caricature work for fun (and extra income) years ago while holding down a full-time job. I used to hit the malls or go to local events like school graduations, farm markets, etc.
The gallery below is from 2005. I believe, as memory
doesn’t serve, that the last live event I did was in 2007.
Fast Forward 10 Years Later.
Over the years I developed some farsightedness that makes it difficult for me to focus on what is only a foot or two away (about the distance from my eyes to my drawing board.) Caricaturing means being able to see nuanced expressions in detail of a person’s face at about 4 feet away and then taking that mental snapshot and putting it on paper (about a foot away). Of course glasses can correct that,etc.
Also as malls and public places seemed to be giving way to online meet-ups it seemed harder to get places that were live events.
Then some insurance issues began to crop up where a shopping mall would have to ‘hire’ me under their insurance (I guess in case erasure dust or flying pencil lead might harm someone. “keep getting your caricature done, sonny, and you’ll go blind!”)
Weather for doing outside events is always ‘iffy’ with or without a tent. Since I live in the Canadian Maritimes it means weather can change almost instantly. It’s no joke and the saying goes here, “if you don’t like the weather then wait a half an hour..” We’ve been dealing with climate change on a micro level since Noah’s Ark!
Overall the pattern – the one I perceived- seemed to be on the downward trend. So I kinda gave up for 10 years!
I kept doing caricatures in my studio at home but gave up on live ones.
Then through a local business and personal development outfit I was encouraged to dust off (that lethal erasure dust) my drawing board and give it a try. I didn’t even know if I still had it in me to draw more than a stick figure. Honestly, the demons we create!
Here are some more older pics
I am , I know not the best caricaturist out there..well, I am the best…ahem…within a one kilometer radius for sure. At least I think so.
Anyway enough trying-to-be-funny.
Never Give Up…Never Surrender.
Although sometimes it is necessary to give something up, the general rule of thumb is if it’s something you love to do then it’s best to push yourself and at least try. I had forgotten how it felt to make someone’s day just a little better and put a smile on someone’s face. For example,one young man walked away with his finished toon repeating …”that’s awesome..that’s so awesome…”. I mean it wasn’t that great but it sure made him feel great! And that’s the point isn’t it.
Here’s some photos of the day…Ten Years After !
By the way, I did have to use some dollar store reading glasses to help me check for detail just before finishing each caricature.
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