NCN convention 2007 in Reno

I was in Reno, Nevada, USA from 30th Sep – 6th Oct 2007 for the National Caricaturists Network (NCN) convention. An annual gathering of professional caricature artists from around the world. The awesome experience is still fresh despite having travelled 25 hours to get back home (going there was just as trying). I am happy to have met and befriended other caricaturists from around the world and learned from them. It was my first exposure to the NCN convention and I really did not know what to expect, nevertheless I was well received. Despite coming from all over, I observed that we are all surprisingly similar. We don’t remember names yet we love working with people and have outstanding devotion to the art of drawing caricatures.
There were seminars, competition and awards to be won at the end of it all. The awards recognises the best, the fastest, the most colourful, etc. As Roger Hurtado the outgoing NCN president puts it, “this is the olympics of caricature and there are no prizes for the middle of the road”. Yet the atmosphere was very friendly and there was a lot of sharing and experimenting. The convention hall was open to us 24 hours and we drew one another around the clock for 4 days until the time for judging. The over 200 participants are the judges so it is indeed an esteemed recognition from your peers if you won anything. I did not win anything but have learnt a lot by looking and listening to my new found colleagues, all of them are among the best caricaturist where they come from. The whole week was so inspiring and rewarding at the same time. Plus I had a nice collection of caricatures done of me by other professionals.
On the last day of convention, I went to Lake Tahoe with Lee Jackson (my room-mate from Oklahoma). The trip was worth it because I experienced snow for the first time in what was said to be the most beautiful part of the United States. We went up the mountain by cable car and when we got down, walked to the lake. It was beautiful!
Post note: We established a website specifically for our caricature drawing services in January 2008 at: WWW.CARTOON.SG. More caricatures for viewing, please click here.

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