Saturday, December 28, 2013

"One serious dude" Live party caricature KC

"But seriously, folks... "
And at the end of a very fun party , this family of 4 squeezed together in 2 chairs for a live caricature drawing. I love my job! 

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

"Keep On Truckin' Baby"- group Caricature by Eileen McCoy

Custom Caricature for Nationwide Transportation in Kansas ©
Clients receiving their framed custom caricature by Eileen McCoy, Liberty, MO

The folks from Nationwide Transportation were delighted to open their custom caricature gift. The employees all submitted photos to surprise their "Bosses" with a Christmas gift.
Check out these happy faces. 
It all starts with some good clear photos, quality paper, and some waterproof drawing ink...
Enjoy, Eileen  

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Monday, December 23, 2013

#197 "Knot In Kansas"

"KNOT IN KANSAS" by ©, 24 X36" Oil on canvas.

 This painting, (a commission for a 60th birthday), featured the client's Meridian Yacht ("Knot in Kansas") in Roche Harbor, San Juan Island, Washington. The Harbor Marina boasted warm autumn colors, complementing  the blue sky and water. Along with some small oil sketches,  the client was presented with a mock-up of the painting placed over the mantle in their living room. Using these methods ( Since a picture is worth a thousand words), I was able to help them visualize how the finished work would blend into their surroundings.

 It was a labor of love to paint this for this delightful Seattle couple, who received it with delight! I thank them for this honor.
I am really going to miss this scene.
There's a void in the studio now
so it's on to the next painting!

 Enjoy, Eileen    
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Sunday, December 22, 2013

#196/ "BO, The Barista"-Original oil on canvas by Eileen McCoy

© oil portrait


Here is another live model painting done in about 2.5 hours.

Have you ever wondered if Barista is an appropriate title for a male drink server? 
Is it only appropriate for coffee preparation or other drinks?

Here's what my research uncovered: 

The word barista is of Italian origin, and in Italian, a barista is a male or female "bartender", who typically works behind a counter, serving both hot drinks (such as espresso), and cold alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages, not a coffee-maker specifically.     

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Saturday, December 21, 2013


 It's such a small world. When Cathy's Co-worker's hired me to create this large 16"X20" color caricature,  I realized that she and I graduated from high school together. 

This color Caricature creation will be matted and then signed by all the co-workers and doctors. The client had a general idea of what she wanted, but gave me the creative license to expound upon that and interject my own "groaner puns" and layout ideas.

 Enjoy, Eileen       
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Friday, December 20, 2013

"The Doctor's Are In"

Group Caricature of Physicians

    The trick to capturing a great likeness in Caricature Art is to start with great photos. Much time is spent examining the features and expressions of the subjects in an attempt to extract their hidden personalities. Live caricatures can be drawn much faster as all the information you need is sitting right in front of the artist.

A client once remarked "Watch out-She will capture your spirit!" 
That is, indeed, the goal of an authentic caricature.
It is because of this added dimension that a caricature can often resemble a subject more than an actual photograph!

Enjoy, Eileen      

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Wednesday, December 18, 2013

LIVELY Company Christmas Party Caricatures

This Month's marathon of parties and special events, features caricatures done
at a company Christmas party. This was a lively group celebrating their 40th anniversary in business. Each party uniquely reflects the individuals in attendance; giving the event its own individual persona. The music, the laughter, and the live caricatures all add to the ambiance. These are just a few of the caricatures drawn live in about 3 minutes a piece.

 If you've got a special event in the Kansas City metro, Live caricature art entertainment is a great ice breaker!
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Saturday, December 14, 2013

"I've been workin' on the railroad..."

"...all the live-long days"
I've got the song stuck in my head after attending an event for a lively group of 
railroad workers last night in Shawnee Kansas. These Caricatures were drawn in 3 minutes per person.

 My favorite subjects, are those who poke fun at themselves...and/or their spouses! 
Some subjects, too, possess a beard or hair style with a "life of its own".
Take a look:

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Let us give thanks CARICATURES

Here's just a few caricatures of some thankful folks at a Thanksgiving event in
Smithville, Missouri

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

They landed in my chair!

One of the many things I enjoy about my work : people from all over the world somehow land in my chair! 
These were drawn in 3 minutes per person as live party entertainment. 
I look for those subtle nuances that make each person 
Keen observation skills help to discern distinctive traits...
And this gal ... Well, she was just plain adorable ! 


Sunday, November 3, 2013

The DOG DAYS of Caricature Drawing

This dog turned for a moment for me to capture his best side!

Dee, Where's your dog?

Caricature with Dogs: Two Standard Poodles with Owner's/ Liberty, MO

It was a beautiful Autumn Day at the Belvoir Winery in Liberty, Missouri, where the annual Pawzone Promise Walk took place. A large crowd (like, Irish Wolfhound sized) posed with their pets for live caricature art drawings. 
What a grand turn out. Dog-gone it, it was fun!

  Enjoy, Eileen  

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Thursday, October 31, 2013

#195/ "The King and Queen of Green"-Dinner and a Painting Anyone?

© / original acrylic on canvas #287
Artist Eileen McCoy painting live at the Kansas City Club

Dinner and a painting anyone?
This couple submitted a photo for an evening of dinner and a painting.
Artists paint their painting live while the Kansas City couple's wine and dine at the Kansas City club via the Buttonwood Art Space.
Called the KING AND Queen of Green 
because of their all green cleaning company in Kansas City. 
Clearly, they enjoy their work!

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Tuesday, October 29, 2013

#194/"Tea Time"- Original Oil Painting from live model

"Tea Time" ©
    Painting weekly from a live model has been a delightful experience. I've successfully approached each one as "practice" ; a mind trick which relaxes me into spontaneity.
It seems the less restrictions one places upon the art, the better the results. 
  This portrait has been my favorite thus far. 
Enjoy! Eileen

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Saturday, October 26, 2013

Caricature for Volkswagen Beetle Car

Business Caricature Logo for Car decal, Banners and Signs


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Creative entrepreneurs often contact me to create something unique for their business. Steve Gaither, owner of Cars, Inc of Liberty, MO was one such fellow. 
He commissioned my services to create a caricature illustration of him (wearing his trademark Craigslist shirt) bursting through the hood of his rebuilt, classic 1969 VW Beetle affectionately named "Buttercup", which can been seen and followed around town through this website:

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Sunday, October 13, 2013


"Music, Drama, CHEER!" by ©2013

 Here is the 4th sibling of the group within the 50 faces series. 
Melanie's bubbly personality coupled with her gorgeous brown hair
made delightful fun of this acrylic caricature painting on canvas.
This series features 50 faces painted on 10"X10" gallery wrapped canvases.
There is a 'fine line' between the caricatures and the humorous portraits.  Enjoy, Eileen      
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