Thomson Reuters at ABA
Conference in Boston on Sunday, August 10, 2014. Artist(s) Doug Shannon
This is where the best of the best legal eagles, many of them bald, migrate annually so I got to draw some pretty big birds including a Federal District Judge or two. Their verdict was pretty near unanimous. Great fun for everyone!
Carbonite at WPC
Conference in Washington DC / Baltimore / Arlington on Monday, July 14, 2014. Artist(s)
Microsoft partners from all over the world invaded our nation's capital to learn stuff and have a little fun in the process. Our client contributed to the fun by providing two EventToons artists, as well as a Harley Davidson drawing, to draw traffic and spark some smiles. Glenn and I really had a ball drawing literally nonstop for the entire exhibition hours. Our subjects really appreciated the contrasting style—Glenn being very detailed and illustrative and myself more spare and cartoony. And we really enjoyed our subjects, including the last one in the photos above, who I daresay is the most toon-ogenic I've ever drawn.
Thomson Reuters at ALA
Conference in Las Vegas on Saturday, June 28, 2014. Artist(s)
Librarians are awesome subjects for caricature. No, I don't mean they are funny looking but rather that they are smart and curious and appreciative. It was a total delight for this father daughter team to draw traffic for Thomson Reuters. With the line going around three sides of the booth there was plenty of traffic for the sales team to connect with. Check out the last photo panorama showing 47 people in a queue. Viva Las Vegas!
AccuReg at HFMA-ANI
Trade Show in Las Vegas on Monday, June 23, 2014. Artist(s) Doug Shannon
Pity the hospital administrator. Everyone wants to live forever but nobody wants to pay. There are a lot of companies out to make tracking and servicing hospital patients easier and more cost efficient, including my client, who stood out in this crowded field by, among other strengths, having EventToons caricatures at their booth!
Scout at Morningstar 2014
Conference in Chicago on Wednesday, June 18, 2014. Artist(s) Doug Shannon
Money doesn't really make the world go around but it certainly makes the ride smoother. toward that end financial advisors from all over descended on McCormick Place to look for new places to grow their clients' money. Some went home with a caricature which isn't a bad investment either.
Thomson Reuters at MLAA
Conference in Chicago on Wednesday, May 21, 2014. Artist(s) Doug Shannon
Rose and I are becoming quite a little father/daughter team! We got to see Chicago at its sunny and not-too-windy best and we got to wow attendees at this conference, medical librarians from all over the country, who hadn't seen anything like this before. Our live digital caricature really makes a great impact on a smaller conference like this. Word gets around fast and it was no time at all before the Thomson Reuters booth had a steady stream of folks stopping by. To give you an idea of how much traffic we got, take a look at the panaoramas above, both taken within 30 seconds of each other when I was returning from a quickee break. It was between sessions and the floor was pretty dead but there is no rest for the wicked. Check out Rose's work in the blog entry below!
Rackspace at OpenStack
Trade Show in Atlanta on Tuesday, May 13, 2014. Artist(s) Doug Shannon
Cloud engineers tend to be interesting subjects because they don't have to be well groomed or charismatic they just have to be smart. Which makes them more likely for some reason to shave their heads and grow beards. Mysteries abound. Which makes for some fun caricatures. Most fun I've had in Atlanta ever!
Navisite at EMC World
Conference in Las Vegas on Wednesday, May 7, 2014. Artist(s) Doug Shannon
EMC world is one of the coolest looking shows around. I say cool looking because I don't understand much of what it is about. Attendees are the incredibly smart guys who manage all those clouds where your vital information is stored. I expect their caricatures will be stored forever now, a kind of immortality for this artist. :) No downloads here, as the client has their own distribution system.
Generali / EuropAssistance at RIMS
Trade Show in on Tuesday, April 29, 2014. Artist(s) Doug Shannon
Your company send staff abroad? That's where Europassistance and its parent Generali come in, taking the risk out of traveling and living abroad. This show is for risk assesment professionals, some were predictably cautious about the risks of letting an artist have his way with your face. But no risk/no reward as they say. And my client, Generali was awarded with a couple mentions and photos at propertycasualty360.com., a high profile industry blog. First. Second.
Materials Research Society
Conference in San Francisco Bay Area on Tuesday, April 22, 2014. Artist(s)
I've worked this conference for about 5 years now and with a new flood of Material Science grad students arriving from all over the world each spring I never lack for willing caricature subjects. This year to help stem the tide I brought along my daughter Rose, who impressed me not only with her drawing chops but with her extraordinary charm with the "customers, who seemed perfectly mesmerized with her. If charm is Ireland's chief choice of currency, my Irish Rose is loaded!
Burns & McDonnell at IEEE PES
Trade Show in Chicago on Tuesday, April 15, 2014. Artist(s) Doug Shannon
McCormick Center was packed with electrical engineers from all over the world, and in a show this large a vendor has to do something to stand out. I had a great time drawing for two days with this bunch, and I also learned something about electrical engineering. When you drop an LED display, it may need a good whack on the back from time to time to work properly.
Pearson at NCTM
Conference in New Orleans on Thursday, April 10, 2014. Artist(s)
What word best describes the growth in attendee traffic in our booth from Thursday morning to Friday afternoon? Exponential! We were happily amazed that so many math teachers lined up for caricatures, even after calculating for the 20 people already waiting. 20 times 7 minutes per subject equals 140 minutes, divided by two artists means a 70 minute wait. Check out the panorama photo for the whole scene.
Pearson at NCSM
Conference in New Orleans on Monday, April 7, 2014. Artist(s) Doug Shannon
This is my first time at this show with Pearson and during the first hour or two it was a little slow and I found myself wondering whether math supervisors would be all that interested in having a digital caricature for a web avatar or whatever. Well that changed pretty quick. By lunchtime I developed a queue that was 4X3 people long that seemed to +2 for every -1 that I drew. 4X6 hours later I had a line 15+11+9 people long —see photo above—that fortunately was 40% shorter after the next session started. This was a delightful group to work with both client-side and subject-side. Now for the next math problem, the math teachers' conference tomorrow, which will be 10X bigger! Fortunately I will have 100% more help drawing with my associate Salah at my side for that. Stay tuned!
Maria DB at Percona Live
Conference in San Francisco Bay Area on Thursday, April 3, 2014. Artist(s) Doug Shannon
Had a blast drawing genius engineers all day in Santa Clara for MariaDB. We were absolutely swamped all afternoon and evening, which felt good considering we were competing with vendors like Google across the aisle. I was definitely the dumbest person in the room but as long as I have my iPad mini in hand I was able to hold my own. Learned some interesting stuff, including what the internet is for. ;)
WestlawNext and Firm Central at ABAtech
Conference in Chicago on Thursday, March 27, 2014. Artist(s) Doug Shannon
Lawyers are my favorite subjects because they are naturally extroverts, accustomed to being scrutinized by judges, juries, other attorneys, even their own clients, so an artists's appraisal is no big deal. Tech is transforming the legal business just like everybody else's so these guys knew exactlty what to do with a live digital caricature : new Twitter avatar! My fave subject of the day was Chuck, seen in the last photo above. Here's a shout out to "Chuck's Chicks", the bevey of beaytiful young women runners who Chuck coaches year round on the streets of Chicago. Nice work if you can get it Chuck! And apologies to the first subject above, who I'm afraid got beasted pretty badly. That's what happens when you encourage a Pennsylvania native (moi) to regress back to his natural neanderthal state!
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