Monday, December 26, 2011

CARICATURES-The process of drawing Custom Designs for clients

This is the pencil drawing step, just prior to inking.
The layout or "rough-in" stage is the first step. It is here that I work out the design problems. 

My desktop becomes somewhat of a "shrine" to these happy folks while I am working on the caricature.

Before all of this, of course, are the necessary email communications, etc.
What fun it is to become a part of people's lives and celebrations this way.
And, oh what fun it is to ride in a one-dog open sleigh!

  Enjoy, Eileen

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Saturday, December 17, 2011


Caricature Art Illustration by Eileen McCoy/"Family Christmas Card"/ 11"X14" /pen and ink

  Greetings all! It's been quite a busy year and we hope a great one for you and your family. We wish you all a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. Enjoy the holidays with your family and friends and look for a new series of paintings in 2012.

Warmest Regards, Eileen      
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Monday, December 12, 2011

"Kansas City Caricature Family Illustration"

Caricature of Extended Family, Liberty, Missouri/"The Kosa Family"/Pen and Ink

    This original caricature art Illustration was contracted by a Liberty family as a family gift for all. Look for our family card to be unveiled next week!

Enjoy, Eileen      
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Sunday, December 11, 2011


  Custom Caricature Illustration/"The Cooper Christmas Card"/
Original drawing by Eileen McCoy, Artist
   Each year, for several years now, the Cooper family 
 (of Remax, Kansas City) contracted my services for their annual Christmas Card. The cards have told the story of their changing family over the years. This year is special as they have added a grandchild!

My family has been compelling me to get around to drawing our card again. Finally, I have gotten it completed. Look for the McCoy Family Christmas Caricature 
on the blog next week.

(To order one of your own for next year, visit my website/contact me page. But order early!)

  Enjoy, Eileen      
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Saturday, December 10, 2011


Daily Painting #134/"Colorado Autumn"/Original oil painting on panel 6"X8"
This small painting was started in the weekend workshop with artist, Phil Starke.
I finished it up in the studio today as I had a fresh eye. With this series, I am really working on pushing the background into the distance and drawing the viewer's eye to the subject matter. Also, the edges are "lost" or blurred in appropriate places. 
This scene was in an area of Colorado outside of Steamboat, called "Pinnacle Point".

Enjoy, Eileen      
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Friday, December 9, 2011

"Trees Among The Fields"

  Daily Painting #100/"Trees Among the Fields"/Original oil painting on panel 8"X10"

  In Missouri, the fields of autumn prairie grass sometimes appear yellow, gold, burnt orange or even pink, depending upon the light. Here is another in my landscape series.
Enjoy, Eileen      
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Wednesday, December 7, 2011

"The Urban Caveman"

Custom Caricature Illustration for Business/"The Urban Caveman"
    Here is one of the business logo caricature drawings I created for a  Kansas City client this month. His website, in case you are interested, promotes a healthy way of eating and living in urban society. 
For this type of caricature, the client sends photos via email, tells me a bit about the business objectives, and I go to work. 

I have several paintings to post from the Phil Starke weekend workshop.
Look for these in the coming days!
 Enjoy, Eileen  
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Friday, November 25, 2011

"Golden Aspen View, Oak Creek, Colorado" #132

  Daily Painting #132/""Golden Aspen View, Oak Creek, Colorado" #132"/Original oil painting on panel 6"X8"
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    Another in the Autumn Landscape series; this one, again, in Colorado. The more I paint landscapes, the more I come to appreciate the abstract nature of shapes. It seems no matter what you are painting, a sort of rhythm develops in your work. 

This blog began one year ago on Thanksgiving Day, 2010.
*My fellow bloggers whose beautiful work and encouraging comments inspire me daily
*To my patrons who bestow honor upon me by choosing my work.
*Most of all, to David and the children, whose pep talks and positive attitudes embolden me to press on and keep painting.

Enjoy, Eileen      
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Wednesday, November 23, 2011

"Autumn Aspen" #131

  Daily Painting #131/"Autumn Aspen"/Original oil painting on panel 6"X8"

   Colorado is such an inspiring place to paint landscapes. I loved this little golden Aspen shouting for attention among the bare trees. 
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Tuesday, November 22, 2011

"Colorado Autumn Sky" #130

  Daily Painting #130/"Colorado Autumn Sky"/Original oil painting on panel 6"X8"

    Part of this months landscape/sky series: 
On one of our many trips to Colorado, the sky proved to be particularly vibrant. 
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Thursday, November 17, 2011

"Missouri Rural Landscape"

  Daily Painting #129/"Missouri Rural Landscape"/Original oil painting on panel 8"X10"
 Another in a series of landscape painting studies.
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Wednesday, November 16, 2011

"The Polo Farm"

  Daily Painting #128/"The Polo Farm"/Original oil painting on panel 8"X10"
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   Working on landscapes last 2 weeks. Here is one study for a larger commissioned work.  Enjoy, Eileen      
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Sunday, November 13, 2011

"DRAWING OF THE WEEK": "Caricature of The Reggie"

'DRAWING OF THE WEEK" / 3-minute Party Caricature "The Reggie"
    This week's drawing of the week features a delightful character who was "a caricature just waiting to happen". When Reggie sat down to be drawn at a recent event, my marker flew across the page with delight and, three minutes later "viola": The Reggie.

If you are reading this via email, go to the blog to see the other photos of Reggie holding the drawing along with some other live caricatures from the event. 

(To my faithful followers: Daily paintings shall resume next week as I am tackling a large landscape painting for a client.)
Enjoy, Eileen  

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Thursday, November 10, 2011


  Daily Painting #127/"Black Eyed Susans"/Original pastel painting on sanded paper 11"X14"

Working in several different mediums is advantageous since sometimes a composition plays out better in one media over another. I like the energy and colors of this pastel and the rhythmic movement of these Black-Eyed Susans in an autumn meadow at Martha Lafite Nature Sanctuary, here in Liberty, Missouri.

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Tuesday, November 8, 2011


  Drawing of the Week/"Kelly Jones, KCTV 5 News Anchor"/Custom Caricature Drawing
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After the TV interview aired on Wednesday, Kelly Jones hosted a live remote from our hometown, Liberty, Missouri. They keep courageous hours.  I drew caricatures live at 4:30 am and stayed until 8:30 am. Whew! It was amazing to watch this award-winning news people in action. Thanks to Kelly and her team!

You've gotta have the pep of a cheerleader to muster up enthusiasm at 4:30 am!

    Enjoy, Eileen      
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Sunday, November 6, 2011

"Apple Debut" #126

Daily Painting #126/"Apple Debut"/Original oil painting on panel 6"X8"

   Another "festive" piece involving the beads, fruit, and some transparent background green glass bottles. The challenge presented by the beads forces me to summarize quickly and not get caught up in the details. The apple was actually more challenging to paint than the beads! I think because of the varied surface colors and modulation moving in and out of light.  

Enjoy, Eileen      
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