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Dr. Leonardo, I presume…

Posted by on September 12, 2014

My good friend Chris Galvin pitched this job to me about a month ago, asking if I was available to work at a 3-day trade show in early September. I said “Sure!” and he then kind of grinned at me & said, “It’s kinda weird….” Chris then proceeded to tell me the client had requested that I wear a costume while I’m there. Turns out that the client, Jack, had created this character as a mascot for his company, and he wanted me to sort of “play” said character while I’m drawing. Now, I’m no stranger to wearing the attire of the event. If it’s a Christmas gig, sometimes they want you to wear the little Santa hat. If it’s a “Night in Paris” sort of affair, sometimes you have to wear a beret and a little black-and-white-striped shirt (you see, because I’m an artist, and the theme is Paris…GET IT??). So I replied to Chris that, as long as the client realizes that I’m not a professional actor, and doesn’t expect me to do a silly voice or anything while I’m drawing, then I’d be game to wear whatever costume he wanted me to wear. Not unlike Ernie Hudson’s line in Ghostbusters—“Uh…if there’s a steady PAYCHECK in it—I’ll believe anything you say!”

"Now tell 'em about the twinkie..."

“Now tell ’em about the twinkie…”

So once I arrived on the first day, it was understood that I was to be dressed as “Dr. Leonardo”—a character very much based on Leonardo da Vinci, but who was also a DOCTOR, because this particular trade show catered to those in the medical field. So, I figured, no biggie. Throw on a beard, wig, lab coat & beret—topped off with one of those little round head mirrors you sometimes see the “old-timey” doctors wear—and I was set!

The Good Doctor himself.

The Good Doctor himself.

 

Striking resemblance, no?

Striking resemblance, no?

Oh, and to further enhance the da Vinci angle, each drawing would be done to fit inside a folder adorned with a copy of the Mona Lisa on the cover. Furthermore, there was a hole cut out where Ms. Lisa’s face would normally be, so that when the finished caricature was placed inside…..TA-DA! Instant masterpiece, ready for the Louvre!

Brendan was one of my first guinea pigs.

Brendan was one of my first guinea pigs.

 

Check out that smile!

Check out that smile!

This was pretty brilliant idea, I must admit (all Jack’s idea—not mine)! The caricatures of the men seemed to work the best, as I thought it was kind of funny to see this manly face—especially with a beard or a goatee—peeking out from within the famous Mona Lisa bust.

Jack, the mastermind!

Jack, the mastermind!

 

My trio of co-workers at the Dr. Leonardo booth.

My trio of co-workers at the Dr. Leonardo booth.

All in all, it was a good gig! Jack, Brendan, and Reggie from www.Dr-Leonardo.com were a HOOT to work with for 3 days in a row, and I got to do some drawings I was happy with.

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This guy asked to be riding a bear.

This guy asked to be riding a bear.

 

Wearing the outfit while working, well…..it’s all part of blending in and adapting to whatever your environment may be. :)

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