John Stevens has been a Member
for many years of the:
National Cartoonist Society
The International Society of Caricature Artists,
and an Associate Member of The Society Of Illustrators.
He has been a Professional Cartoonist, Illustrator
& Caricaturist for over 50 years.
While at School of Visual Arts, John , worked , on weekends,
in the Concession stand of a famous
Summer Stock Theatrical stage shows
Whereupon , he drew he appearing celebrities,
from their magazine pictures,at home ,
and brought them to the theatre,
took a break, and
went back stage, knocked on their stage door
,introduced himself,and gave them
their cartoon portraits
Jayne Mansfield, was the first celebrity John drew,,
she was beautiful, John gave her ,her cartoon portrait,
She said , this is for me...I nodded yes, and she
patted John on his cheek, and said
Thank you, you sweet boy"
A week, later Liberace was there,
John drew , a cartoon portrait for him,
..Lee as he was called,was shy,
John gave him the cartoon portrait,
Lee stuttered a bit
Would you like my autograph.?
..John,, said yes,
He signed the program adding a sketch of
His candle arbor
The Lovin' Spoonfull rock stars & more
John's first published cartoons were created in 1968,
for Esquire Socks via
Robin Leach's Rock & Roll Newspaper
called, Go Magazine ,
, Then Royal Crown Cola, and a few political comic strips ,too
That is how it all started 50 years ago.
From then onto..now...
Some of John's published work;
101 Uses for a Dead Cube,selling 135,000 copies
Video Madness selling,28,000 copies
The Best of Saturday Evening Post, & others..
Marvel Comics Crazy Magazine,
& much more
King Features Syndicate , The Grass is Greener comic strip
Professional Summer Stock theatre poster, for Phantom,
Tommy the Rock Opera Swan Lake on Ice,
and many more shows, for several years
His own original play, called "A Ghost of a Chance."
.whereupon, .John killed Ebeneezer Scrooge
in a black comedy courtroom drama murder mystery,
Designed the visual set up for:
Vegas NJ, in, Randolph ,NJ ,
A sofisticated adult night spot
and Gotham , in Paramus NJ
a Batman's fun party place
Also my cartoon appears
Best of Saturday Evening Post,
and more, still
no one taught him, he, as many other caricaturists
did it buy the Trial by Fire....Sit Down & Draw
Caring Giving, Clever, Creative, and Professional.....
Unique.... His approach is to find a fun way to Gift people,
Giving: If it's a Wedding, he will personalize the art, at no extra charge
If it is a Birthday he will inquire if there is a theme
Clever: If you want it drawn quickly ,
but also want color,
he has a unique way
to accommodate you.
Creative: If you want a Gift Portrait, from a photo,
he will make it personal and unique, with an excellent likeness
Professional: People actually, like to sit down next to him,
while he is creating someone's portrait , and
to watch how the final caricature, is created....
and that is fine with him.
John likes to create art,
first, and that is what he does.
It is all about Giving and Receiving,
the smiles on the faces,
and the Awesome's, and I will Treasure this
are part of what is special about creativity!
Thank you for your time.