So this guy named Gurj emails me like a month ago and starts a back and forth over several weeks. He wants to propose to his girlfriend Neetu and he wants to do it in a special way. His plan? To hire me to pose as a street artist so the two of them can ask me to draw their caricature. Meanwhile why they pose for the drawing I'm not just drawing them in any old pose, I'm drawing Gurj down on one knee in front of her with a talking bubble exclaiming the words, "Neetu, will you marry me?!"
The back and forth of emails was to figure out the details as you probably already guessed. Location, day, time. One major problem is I'm not actually a street artist so I don't have a busker's license. I was a little worried about that because if I looked too much the part I could grab unwanted attention by nearby vendors who don't want me there or even the police. My story would've probably saved me from any real legal trouble but my cover would be blown and the whole scenario would be wrecked. On top of that I also didn't want other people lining up to get their drawings done before they got there...I didn't really think that would happen but hey you never know. So the plan was for me to be a little more inconspicuous, just a guy drawing on the street who, when Gurj expressed interest, would offer a caricature and we'd be off and running.
The whole thing went down outside Rogers Arena near the box office where Gurj had told Neetu he needed to pick up tickets left for him by a friend. In the meantime I was there drawing so they'd have reason to approach me when they showed up. Gurj asked if I could be in the middle of a caricature, so that's what I did although in the end I don't think it mattered. I didn't have any reference and there weren't any faces around me that I could get a very clear look at so I stuck with what I could maybe do from memory. First, Groucho Marx. Then a grizzled old Arnold Schwarzenegger. I'm not crazy about the Arnold drawing but I do like the idea of drawing him all grizzled and geiserly so I might take another shot at that with some reference and a bit more time to play with it.
Next up of course was the main event and Gurj set up a camera for it. He told Neetu he was trying to enter a Vancouver video contest or something.