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Kiwanis Place Carnival

I drew caricatures for the residents at Kiwanis Place during their Carnival. The weather was perfect and the Recreation Coordinator had some really neat things for everyone. The petting zoo was a huge hit and I was really busy drawing as well.

I’d never been to a senior’s residence event where there was a petting zoo and judging from the amount of people petting the animals … what a brilliant idea! Here are some of my favourites from the day. Residents and staff. The lovely lady in the hat is small in stature so it was fun to draw her down at the bottom of the paper. I think she was the one to give me the idea actually! We laughed together when I showed it to her and I got the best hug from her too! I’m thankful that one of the gentlemen took the time to take a photo of the two of us and send it to me.

 The photo of the two ladies is pretty neat because it is a mother/daughter team. Her mom is almost 104 years old. I said, “I’m sure you get tired of hearing this question but, what is your secret?” She said, “Oh, I have no more secrets!” Her daughter said, “Hard work, right mom!” Her mom was so neat to talk to! Such a great afternoon for me!

Caricatures by Edmonton Artist Laurel Hawkswell

Ya! I got it! That’s them alright!

It just hit me how many different kinds of smiles there are out there and how many I’ve captures on paper! Smiles and eyes are almost like fingerprints - no two seem to be exactly alike. It’s fun when you can draw someone’s and you say to yourself, “Ya! I got it! That’s them alright!”

And kids … it’s funny when their parent will say, “Okay, smile!” and they give you the most fake smile imaginable. So you accept it but you don’t draw it and before you know it, that fake smile relaxes and you finally get a glimpse of the real one. I’m getting pretty good at spotting the fake ones.

But the best smiles are the ones you get when you show people their caricature!

Caricatures by Edmonton Artist Laurel Hawkswell

Company Picnic!

It was my second year back at A & B Rail’s company picnic! It was a warm afternoon at Laurier Park and staff and families played a friendly game of baseball. I drew caricatures and even did some repeats from last year. Drew someone’s daughter who’d since had her braces taken off so of course there was a need for a new caricature! One young guy showed me the drawing I’d done of him last year from his phone, “Yup, you’ve changed since last year! You definitely look older!” Here are a few of my favourites from the day. I always appreciate people letting me take their photo with their caricature.

Company picnic
The Chef gets a caricature

Edmonton event
A good character

Edmonton staff gift
Caricatures make good staff gifts

Caricatures by Edmonton Artist Laurel Hawkswell

Family Caricatures in Colour!

Still loving my Cintiq Companion artist’s tablet for doing coloured art work! Giving a clean, professional coloured caricature now makes it feel like years ago since I was doing them with markers. Thank goodness those days are gone. No more marker lines, accidental smudges that make me have to start from scratch. Now the shading quality is lovely and I’m proud to give this kind of final art piece. This way the final digital copy is also an option for the recipient. Here are a couple final pieces ready to be picked up…

Family gift ideas
100% Customised Family Caricatures

Caricatures by Edmonton Artist Laurel Hawkswell