Calgary Party Caricatures...Kelly Gannon

2016 was a great year in review, even though the economy was slowing down in Calgary, there were still many companies that still wanted my caricatures at their parties...thank you! I just got back in the new year from drawing caricatures at the Kananaskis Resort, which I've done for the last 5 years. Here's a few of my favorite party  caricatures from 2016....looking forward to 2017! :)
I could add a hundred more caricature samples, but....you get the picture....they're turned into a cartoon! Trying to pick out the guests' best features is my aim when drawing these....after all....we are at a party! You supply the guests....I'll supply the party! :)
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I returned from a trip to Nashville from having drum lessons from Jim Riley, drummer for platinum selling band, Rascal Flatts....quite an eye opener! Jim is a high end drummer, no doubt about that. Now his drum tech, who attended every lesson was a great teacher! When delving into playing a musical instrument, there is no end to learning and being shown a few things by a pro is always helpful to growing. I'm using a drum kit from one of the Rascal Flatts tours....beautiful Ludwig kit. I'm looking pretty tired here as they were 7 hours a day lessons, then watching bands in the evening at the many clubs that have live music. Quite an experience! :) When looking for a teacher...great skills are not always a requirement...great teaching skills are more important....would I do it again....nope....
Kelly Gannon, Jim Riley

Calgary Party Caricatures

Drawing these caricatures in Calgary was a relaxing one as it was a kids event held in the afternoon. There weren't many couples so I could take my time a bit more and spend a bit more time on the drawings, which I'm not used to as there are usually long line-ups....which is a good thing!
I'm now going up to Kanaskis Resort to draw caricatures until New Years Day....then finally a bit of a rest! :)

Calgary Caricaturist

Christmas season I usually don't travel out of Calgary to draw caricatures, but because the weather wasn't too bad, though cold, the roads were fine! This event was for a financial group....great young couple above!
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Party Caricatures in Calgary

Party caricatures at this event in Calgary was a fun one! Though I can't get to everyone, I thank the guests that stood that long in line to get their caricature drawn at the party!
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Calgary Party Caricatures

Getting ready to draw party caricatures in Calgary after the speeches are over. It's tough being right beside the dessert table! :) The evening went great! Thanks to all that had their caricature drawn!
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It helps when my little Grandson, Brendan, has a Grandfather that is a cartoonist! His Mom was sick and the next day his school asked everyone to have a Christmas shirt on....no time when Mom is sick. So I took one of his tee shirts and quickly drew The Grinch onto it.....it was a hit the following day.....:)
Kelly Gannon

Gannon Christmas Tree

My Wife was busy decorating one of our three Christmas trees this year, though she hasn't had the time to add the fourth one we have in the family room, our entire house  is "Christmasfied!" Great job Maizie! And Merry Christmas to all!
Kelly Gannon

Christmas Caricatures

Who says IT party goers aren't fun at a party....these folks sure were! The Christmas event was held at a local golf course, a MUCH better venue than anything in the downtown core.

Happy Birthday Keith Richards

Happy 73rd birthday to the Keith Richards, guitarist for The Rolling Stones. Yes...this is an older cartoon I drew of Keith Richards.....when he was 10 years old....kidding, perhaps when he was in his 40's. The loveable "in politically correct" guitar player has fooled everyone, with his wild life style, he's still around while others have passed on. and finally, to any critics of The Rolling Stones....I've seen them live, put them up against any new band (remember, they are all in their 70's) and I would bet a large sum of money, they will have a crowd rocking at any age. :)
Kelly Gannon, Keith Richards

Calgary Cartoonist Kelly Gannon

I finished my sixties band cartoon finally. This took me about a week just to clean up all the line work.....but finally it's finished.
Kelly Gannon, Calgary Cartoonist

Nashville

I don't mention this much on my blog, but besides being a full time caricature artist in Calgary, I balance being a drummer as well. I just purchased my plane tickets today for Nashville as I'm taking some advanced drum lessons from super drummer Jim Riley who plays drums with the group Rascal Flatts....yes....that Rascal Flatts!

I'll be drawing caricatures at The Kananaskis Resort until New Years Day, then a couple days home, then flying to Nashville.

It will be a bit like drinking water from a fire hose as a lot of instruction will be put my way in a three day time span....but I'm very much looking forward to this!

Because of my caricature schedule, I've been drumming on quite a few studio cd's for various bands over the last few years. Above are a few projects I've had to opportunity to play drums on. All of the projects I'm quite proud of.
Kelly Gannon

House Party Caricatures

Another Christmas event held at a house of the business owner. This is a great alternative for small business owners this year with the economy the way it is in Alberta. All weekend I've had corporate events held in downtown Calgary.....I never realized until then how drawing caricatures at a house party is a relaxing alternative over the event held in the crowded downtown core with Calgary's famous over-priced parking and traffic mess.....just sayin.......:)
Kelly Gannon, House Party Caricatures

House Party Caricatures

Since I got back from Phoenix a few weeks ago, it's been a bit of a blur as I just haven't had time to post many events I've done since, which is about 8 of them. Between that and getting paper ready for the Christmas events, as they say in the song...Time is Tight..... :)
I really don't get a chance to caricature at too many house parties, but after drawing caricatures at the house party above, I think I may do more of these in the coming year!
Kelly Gannon, House Party Caricatures Calgary

Matt Starr

Okay, this post has absolutely nothing to do with caricatures! :) Just before I left to go to Phoenix to attend the caricature "competitions".....I had the great opportunity to attend a "drum clinic."  These are usually held after hours at a music store in which they bring in a big name drummer that endorses a certain product line....in this case it was Matt Starr. Matt currently tours with Mr. Big and Ace Frehley from KISS. Matt also plays with members of Guns and Roses, Whitesnake, and a ton more bands in that genre.

Now...the clinic....awesome! Matt....awesome!!! A bit loud, but that is the type of music he plays, I was sitting a few feet away.....ouch! Matt has a terrific personality as well as a superb player, and he gave many thoughtful insights about the business as well as all the regular "drum stuff" that is to be expected. I rank this clinic with Matt Starr right at the top of the list for me, and I've seen many. :)
Matt Starr

Caricature Convention

For a few days I'll be off to Phoenix for a caricaturist convention. Yes....yes....we have those! I'll be back but if you have booking info or inquiries, I have my cell phone with me. Bon Voyage!

Remembrance Day

For my personal salute on Remembrance Day here in Canada, I think there is a forgotten group of brave men and women who acted as spies and resistance fighters. When caught, these brave souls had no protection from the rules of war...without a uniform, they were tortured and shot...(many times groups of innocent people were rounded up and shot as well ).

One such spy from WW11 is Krystyna Skarbek. A Polish born beauty, she left her new home in Kenya, to return to Europe and skied the Tatra Mountains from Hungary in -30 degree Celsius into Poland working with agents and resistance groups.

When captured, Krystyna purposely bit into her tongue make blood flow in order to convince her captors she had tuberculosis...they believed her!

She then fled to England but then returned to France to further her fight against the Nazis. There are so many accomplishments this woman has made that it would take hours to write this blog post. Though she made it through the war, in 1952 she was stabbed to death by a co-worker that was infatuated with her....he was later hanged for his crime.

It is thought that Krystyna was the inspiration for the character, Vesper Lynd in the James Bond film, Casino Royale. As with many spies, she never received the respect that she truly deserved. We salute you Krysyna and all the other spies from WW1 and WW11!

Mainstream Media

Wow....The American election is now over. No what "team" you were on, it's over! What I learned from this election is that mainstream media is no longer relevant! Neither is the opinion of some rock/pop stars...Ellen DeGeneres, Jimmy Kimmel, the other Jimmy, Stephen Colbert and numerous talk shows on both TV and radio. The worst offenders in my opinion were CNN, CNBC, MSNBC, CTV Canada and the tax payer funded Canadian welfare case...CBC.

We all know anyway that newspapers are better to line your birdcage with....so no argument there. This is a good sign as we now know that they can't influence us completely, which ever candidate you wanted in. So to my humble point of view, mainstream media should stick to proper reporting and forget the influence pedalling....

Calgary Party Caricatures

The last few days had me doing a couple different caricature gigs that were so different from each other. One was an event to raise money for women's cancer. The other was for a grand opening for an overpass in Calgary....five hours outside in the cold....:) But all was good, though I couldn't feel my fingers later on....:)
Kelly Gannon, Calgary Party Caricatures

Calgary Party Caricatures

A little over a week ago I had a different type of venue to draw caricatures in Calgary. It was at Century Downs Racetrack and Casino. Beautiful atmosphere and double beautiful staff!! It actuslly went better than I had thought, I was drawing caricatures in the lounge and once it started, it went steady, here's a sample of a couple of the fantastic guests I had the privilege to draw cartoon/caricatures for. Thanks Stephanie!
Kelly Gannon, Calgary Caricatures

Trick Roper Bud Edgar

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I normally don't draw many studio caricatures for many reasons, but The Trick Roper, Bud Edgar asked me to update his old one that I had drawn years ago. After I seen the old one, there was never any question.....I certainly didn't want that one floating around the internet....:)
Kelly Gannon, Trick Roper, Bud Edgar

Calgary Face Painter

Halloween is fast approaching. My Daughter Cara Gannon, the face painter has a couple openings Halloween day to get your one of a kind creepy Halloween face paint. ( she painter herself above....tough to do!). Cara's email is...   caralgannon@gmail.com
Cara Gannon, Calgary Face Painter

Calgary Cartoonist

Throw back Thursday! Wow...I drew these cartoons for a magazine (then they were never published....:) about 20 years ago. The drawing style has definitely changed over the last 20 years. These were drawn when I was drawing editorial cartoons for newspapers.....I can see how my style has simplified and definitely gotten...."cuter"....:)
Kelly Gannon

Calgary Party Caricatures

The guests at the event I drew last week at Fort Calgary rank right near the very top for fun, great people! ALWAYS a pleasure to draw caricatures at these kind of events!