A collection of doodles with a bit of commentary by RICK GREEN - your cartooning friend

Monday, April 12, 2010

Harley Charlie

Charlie has been a good friend of mine.  He's a big guy, but a gentle-gaint—as I refer to him. On more than one occasion He, and his sweet wife Lydia have treated my wife and I with kindness and generosity. For a couple of years now I've been wanted to try and repay his kindness by drawing a caricature of him on his bike. Last week I took the opportunity to create one for him. There was a motorcycle rally a couple of years ago at our church. During the event I snuck out to the parking lot and took some photos of his Harley—and '02 Deuce. It's a long machine—has to be to accommodate a big guy like Charlie.  

Last night, at church, I told Charlie that I wanted to show him some- thing after- wards.  He said, "Does it have something to do with motorcycles?" "Yes."  "Alright I'll look forward to that," He said.  So afterwards I gave him a paper sack with his doodle in it.  I LOVED the smile on his face when he saw it.  He was totally surprised.  It was a three-hugger response.

This is a photo of the illustration, so the quality is not the best.  But I really love how this one turned out.  I took great care in getting it done.  I wanted it just right.  It's always a challenge to get the arms and legs to fit on the bike just right.  I like the doodle, but more importantly I really loved enjoying surprising a good friend.

9 comments:

SusanD said...

This is great! And a 3-hugger response....wonderful. Thanks for sharing. Blessings, SusanD

Anything Fits a Naked Man said...

LOVE it! You are really, really talented! What an awesome, personal gift to give! Cheers!

Eve said...

Hi Rick! This was a very nice surprise! I love your Doodles!!

clew said...

What a great gift for your buddy! I bet he looksat it every day (and smiles) or the restof his life. :)

This Is My Blog - fishing guy said...

Rick: I also have several biker friend and ones name is also Rick. He is fighting brain cancer right now.

Rick said...

To Fishing Guy: Very sorry to hear that. I believe in prayer. I will do so for your friend Rick right now.

~*~KIMBERLY~*~ said...

This is great Rick. I found you via SusanD. She's your first comment on this post. I am also a Harley Chic Rider. I ride a VRod. You can see a pic of me with Vida on my blogger profile. I think I would really love Charlie. Happy Friday!

SarahBech said...

A hug from Charlie is gold in my mind! What a wonderful man!

Charlie said...

Pastor Rick I am honored that you chose to draw a caricature of me. I think that it's "GREAT" and it's framed and hanging on my wall where I can see it every day. It was a real surprise and you are a wonderful friend.