Illustrator Group-Critique Portfolio Workshop

As the Eraser Burns

Happy Monday, everyone! Here’s some awesome information sent to me by our lovely regional illustrator coordinator, Susan Detwiler:

On Saturday, August 9, the first Group-Critique Portfolio Workshop was held in the meeting room at the Pikesville branch of the Baltimore County Public Library. Admission was free and required only an RSVP email. It was coordinated by yours truly, Susan Detwiler, and attended by members Brittanny Handiboe, Lynn Farina, Kerry G. Johnson, and Joan Boor. We spent a couple of hours sharing our portfolios one by one and giving comments, advice, and general feedback about each others’ work. It was, as Joan said, “… wonderful, encouraging, and helpful… ” I was very impressed with not only the caliber of the artwork, but also the warm atmosphere and insightful and nurturing discussions that took place. I remember fondly the gathering of illustrators I would sometimes lead at the end of…

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Retirement caricature gift with pop-up card

A caricature project for a gentleman who celebrated his retirement. I also had the opportunity to design a “pop-up” retirement party invitation. Check out the car, he used to drive one of those mini energy-efficient “Smart” cars.

Retirement gift with pop-up greeting card
A caricature project with a “pop-up” invitation for a gentleman who recently retired.

Caricature of The Best Man Holiday cast

My wife and I recently saw

Best Man Holiday caricature
Best Man Holiday caricature illustration by Kerry G. Johnson © 2013

“The Best Man Holiday” for the second time. We usually don’t see movies twice. However, it was refreshing to watch an entertaining movie where African-Americans were not gangsters, pimps or slaves. These contemporary characters were prospering in elegant surroundings and dealing with issues affecting all of us (regardless of race). Here’s my caricature salute to director Malcolm D. Lee and the actors involved with the movie.

Caricaturist at Kids Are Heroes

I enjoyed illustrating caricatures at the reception for Kids Are Heroes

Kerry_Heroes_Frederick2013Kids Are Heroes® is a non-profit that empowers, encourages and inspires children to become leaders through volunteerism and community involvement. We do this by showcasing and supporting children who are making a difference through their selfless acts of giving.

Scandal series cartoon with Kerry Washington caricature

Here’s a special Scandal edition of my webcomic “Harambee Hills”.  Scandal is a popular American ABC TV political thriller television series starring actress Kerry Washington. This installment of the cartoon, includes a caricature of the main star, Kerry Washington.

Scandal cartoon by Kerry G. Johnson
President reaches out to Olivia Pope.

School visit presentation at Laurel Woods Elementary

I met some funny and energetic kids while signing books and illustrating caricatures at the Annual African-American Read-In program at Laurel Woods Elementary School in Laurel, MD.

Spectra – Issue 5: Turbulent Times

Spectra the comic book series that I illustrate for In March, the author and I completed Issue #5. – Spectra: Turbulent Times. We tried something new with the cover paper, check out the “metallic-silver” coated paper stock.

Spectra the comic book series that I illustrate for In March, the author and I completed Issue #5. – Turbulent Times. We tried something new with the cover paper, check out the “metallic-silver” coated paper stock.

Troy Polamalu: The Pittsburgh Steelers caricature by Kerry G. Johnson

Here was a fun project. A tractor retailer wanted a caricature of Pittsburgh Steeler Troy Polamulu riding atop a tractor for his Super Bowl party. It was an inside joke for his family and friends. It was an interesting assignment and since I am a Steelers fan, I enjoyed the challenge.

Troy Polamalu caricature by Kerry G. Johnson
Troy Polamalu caricature by Kerry G. Johnson © 2011

A family’s caricature Christmas card

This was a fun project to illustrate. The mom contacted me about an special idea for her 2010 family’s Christmas card.

I actually drew caricatures at her daugther’s birthday party a few years ago. So I was pleased that she was a returning customer. It was a quick turnaround. It reminded me of my theme-park days. I’m happy that I met the deadline.