pictures and words by paul mccall

September 2009
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Happy Birthday Ivan Woods!
Filed under: General
Posted by: Paul McCall @ 4:59 pm

One of the good things about Facebook is that it can be used to reconnect with people from your past. Ivan Woods was my best friend in high school. After high school we shared a trailer for awhile while we both attended Auburn University. After that staying in touch was sporadic. But thanks to Facebook we re-established communication. Today is his birthday. Happy 55th Ivan! I hope you are aging better than me!

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Sunday at the IAC
Filed under: Open Studio Painting
Posted by: Paul McCall @ 12:14 pm

Something different yesterday at the IAC open studio. One pose for the entire three hour session. Our model brought his complete Roman Legionnaire outfit? costume? uniform? Anyway, it’s real, as in real metal, leather etc. so we appreciated him wearing the thing for so long.

Scott Story
was forthoughtful enough to have brought his camera so we got some reference photos in case we want to work further on this or take it into another piece.

I may take this to a full size oil if the time ever presents itself.

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Sweet 16 Party
Filed under: Live Caricature
Posted by: Paul McCall @ 11:35 am

Friday night I drew for a Sweet Sixteen party in Noblesville, IN at a local park. Fortunately we were under a very nice shelter that had electric outlets since it was drizzling rain the entire time and the sun was down by quitting time. Unfortunately my “cunning plan” to solve my photography problems of the last few bookings were defeated by human error, that is, forgetting to turn the flash on to compensate for the encroaching darkness. Couple that with teenagers that, at the best of times, can’t be expected to sit perfectly still for a photograph then you get the increasingly crappy shots you will see below. Ah, well, maybe next weekend I’ll overcome my photographic shortcomings.

The grandparents, who showed wisdom by getting their drawings done early (photo-wise, at least!).

NOT a remake of “The Mask” just a teenager who can’t sit still!

The birthday girl in the tiara, this is where the shots start to go bad.

I run all my bookings shots through Photoshop to get the most accurate look of the drawings to the subjects, using levels and taking out the color in the B&W drawings to sharpen them. In this way I was able to “save” some of these twilight shots.

Then again…

Now it’s full dark and I’m posting these just to punish myself and hopefully learn a lesson. (TURN ON THE FLASH!)

The parents.

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Plaudits From Around the World!
Filed under: Live Caricature
Posted by: Paul McCall @ 3:34 pm

Last night I drew at a party for the Braun Corporation (makers of handicap access products, not the personal grooming company) held at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Hall of Fame Museum, arranged by Accent on Indianapolis. I think it safe to say a good time was had by all. This was the first time I can recall holding an entire busload of party guests hostage because they didn’t want to leave until everyone who wanted a drawing got one. An international grouping, I drew people from Australia, Belgium, France, Israel and several other countries. All very nice people and great faces to draw.

While waiting for the Braun folks to return from their track tour I warmed up with a pair of Accent ladies…

and one server working the Track Museum. (The boobs were her request!)

Again, sorry for the fuzzy photos. I’ve got to try something to steady the camera!

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Labor Day Weekend Birthday Party
Filed under: Live Caricature
Posted by: Paul McCall @ 8:23 pm

Saturday I was at a birthday party. Fortunately my hand while drawing was steadier than when taking the photograhs. I apologize for the shaky fuzzy snaps!

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