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Phyllis Dillerisms Part 2

Raoul’s 2 Cents

The Creatives

Don Draper (not his real name) has been one of my TGIF subscribers since forever. I’ve wanted to have lunch with him every time I would go to New York but my schedule was usually too tight. Fortunately, a few days ago, I had such an opportunity and Don treated me and my wife to a scrumptious Italian feast. I knew he was in the ad business but I didn’t know he was that good. Being in the ad business myself, it was particularly fun to exchange notes.

When I mentioned the TV series, Mad Men, he scoffed at the shenanigans the writers depicted as far from his reality. What was real though was how competitive the ad business is. No matter how good you are, there is no assurance of faithful clients. Sadly, it is common for even the large companies to steal ideas/concepts from creatives who present their “marketing pitches.” And the field is getting more competitive because new technologies change the landscape dramatically and new “guns” crop up everyday. Don, who is also an art professor, confirmed my beliefs about the politics of some schools who treat their students more as customers and were more interested in providing “fun” rather than an education.

Van Gogh's 'The Starry Night'

With so much uncertainty in a “creative” career, why do so many people pursue it? One Broadway play,  “Chorus Line,” has a banner song entitled “What I did for Love.” The lyrics truly encompass the rationale behind an irrational quest. Artists/creatives pursue their uphill dreams for the love of art and not for money. Of course Steve Jobs was one amazing creative who was also gifted with an uncanny business sense.

If you are a creative, you know exactly what I am talking about. And if you know of one, on behalf of the creatives of the world, please treat your artists well. Feed them right. Don’t take advantage of them. Pay them what they’re worth. Encourage their ideas to flow. In a drab template-driven world of logic and business, creatives are the special sauce that gives the dish that amazing flavor. Artists are the spice of life. Their imagination and talent can help you reach the stars.

TGIF people!

When I have a terrible need of — shall I say the word — religion, then I go out and paint the stars. ” — Vincent Van Gogh

Announcement: If you are in the Temple City, CA area tomorrow, Saturday Oct.27, I volunteered to do caricatures at the pre-Halloween event of the Temple City Baptist Church starting at 4pm. There is no charge.

Some helpful links I googled for creatives: Article in Entrepreneur magazine(mostly for performing arts), GraphicsNegotiate Your Salary, etc.

Joke of the Week

Part 2 of Witty Sayings By Phyllis Diller

Shared by Don of Kelowna, B.C.

Dillerisms Part 2

Videos of the Week

funny video

Crazy Cheap Asian
Sent by Art of Sierra Madre, CA

This is a parody of the famous movie. There are actually people like this. My Dad’s side of the family is famous for this.


What?!?Crazy Body Stretching
Sent by Don of Kelowna, B.C.

My back started to ache just watching this. I was surprised to find that there are a lot of these contortionists in Youtube. I wonder if they ever get back pains.


Don’s Puns

From Don’s collection of puns

Don's Puns: Signature Wraps

Parting Shot

Thanks to Don of Kelowna, B.C. who shared this photo

Parting Shot: Yoga Pants


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  1. Heather

    October 29, 2018 at 3:28 pm

    I’m cracking up! Always interesting and funny as well.



  2. Marilyn

    October 29, 2018 at 3:29 pm

    thank you again!


  3. Jeff

    October 29, 2018 at 3:29 pm

    You know, I prefer the jokes to the witticisms. Didn’t say I didn’t like
    the witticisms, just prefer. Maybe because it’s easier to remember a
    joke. If you have the concept, you can usually piece it
    together. Witticisms, you have to straight out remember, pretty much

    I liked last weeks, repeated a few and really liked a couple of this weeks;
    I did laugh out loud…I’m still chuckling.

    Now that I’m writing seems like a heard a good one a couple of 3 weeks ago,
    and now I can’t remember what it is to tell you. Oh well, forgetfulness
    comes with experience. Just too much
    up there!

    Take care,



  4. Ana

    October 29, 2018 at 3:31 pm

    Thank you for the good laugh.

    Thank you so much for all your Wonderful work at our Harvest Fair. Such s great success because of you. Hope to see you soon again.



    • Raoul

      October 29, 2018 at 3:32 pm

      Thanks for the kind words Ana.

      It was really super hectic last Saturday. I had barely put my art
      materials down when the first person came by and asked for her
      caricature done. So from 4 pm to closing, it was non-stop. The booths
      were already dismantled and I was still working. But it was fun. I made
      so many people happy. Many said they would come back next year.

      It was funny because they put me all the way at the back where it was so
      hot. After the first hour someone said they needed to put me somewhere
      in front because the lines were too long and it was getting hot. I had
      my back on the line so I didn’t realize that people were sweating in line.

      I already deposited the check and as soon as it clears, I will send you
      back the check.

      Your daughter has a type A personality and she was adorable. I got to
      draw all her 4 kids. Handsome little guys.

      Thanks for the gift cards. I look forward to having dinner with my wife.

      I’d love to do this again next year.



      • Ana

        October 29, 2018 at 3:33 pm

        Everyone was so happy with their caricatures. Big Success. Next year I will put you by me selling tickets where it wa so nice and cool. We will figure out a better and cooler place for you.

        Love Ana


  5. Choy

    October 29, 2018 at 3:34 pm

    Hi Raoul,

    Not only are you a great sketch artist but you also have a gift for words. Well said for all artists. Thanks for the latest release.



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