I love to keep up.
I think I have a trend nerve or something, because like Jay said, “I’m on to the next one.” I can’t help myself. I’m always trying to sit shotgun, trying to see what’s coming towards me or further down the road. A mainstay in my design mind.
After doing Dee’s work, I was intrigued to offer a token of appreciation to him. I mean…let’s be honest, for those of you who really know me, know that I’m a DIY, self-taught, guerrilla artist. No real formal training, it’s in my DNA to create. Learned from my father. Visions from my mother. So, he took a chance on me. I’m sure he could have taken his business to some sophisticated graphic design loft in downtown Baltimore. But..he took the advice of a dear, mutual friend. And the rest…well, that’s God’s work. So, I decided to draw a digital cartoon of D.
Pushed it thru IG, with a typical plug to the writer, and soon my inboxes from all four social channels began to flood with “Can I get one?”, “Can you make a caricature of me for my business?”. I was flattered first, and then dumbfounded. Really? People like this?
Digital drawings are like the new -ish. I have a few digital artists that I borderline stalk on IG, who have some of the most impressive digital portraiture I’ve ever seen. (EXCUSE ME: Let me say this, I’m inspired by artists, but I do not copy their work. I think that’s insulting and disrespectful to their gift. All I do is study the greats, and then find a way to incorporate their influence in my style.) Nonetheless, I did some research and found that people charge anywhere from $30 to $200 for caricatures. The former/cheaper range of prices were more from artists who were creating simple hand drawn caricatures. You would think that would be more expensive, but honestly, digital drawing, for me anyway…takes a lot longer than hand drawing an image. Hence the latter/more expensive range of prices, you’re paying for the time and the versatility of what you can do with your digital design (make it a profile pic, put it on a business card) versus the hand drawn one.
So…I say all of that to say….I’m nowhere close to that chick sitting on a folding chair at your favorite amusement park. Drawing overly-proportioned features of a beaming, hyper, ants-in-yo-pants kid, or an eclectic, cup-caking couple. I might though…just be that chick, who can draw cartoon portraits as thank you offerings for her clients. Taking a chance on me, I’m humbly grateful and I don’t mind.