I struck up a conversation with him about my reason for being in town and he was quite intrigued. He had never heard of John Norman Collins or the co-ed killings.
"Would you like me to draw you? I need to warm up." The party hadn't started quite yet.
"Sure," I said. "Do you want me to pose or anything?"
"No. Just sit there and tell me more about your book."
Five minutes later, he handed me the drawing you see above. I was really pleased with it, though I don't think I'm that gleeful in real life. Of course, that's why it's called a caricature.
What a great idea! Hiring someone to caricature quests at a party. The artist gets a commission for being there, and he earns tips and future referrals for other jobs at the same time.
As people began to arrive at the private party, I traded him a copy of Zug Island and thanked him. We both made a good deal I think.
Check out Walt's website at: www.artistrising.com/galleries/waltgriggs