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Evolution of a Family Portrait

Every few years I revise our illustrated “family portrait”, and this weekend I decided we were due for an update. Gwen is no longer a baby, we adopted a dog, and my hair is looking a lot less saturated these days (I still can’t bring myself to draw it white! Maybe in another four years…)

It’s fun to see how we’ve evolved. It’s only been seven years, but so much has happened in that time, it feels like ages!

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new family portrait

familyportrait

familyportrait

We welcomed miss Guinevere Charlotte, aka Gwen, on September 7th! We’re absolutely in love, and she’s keeping us very busy. Ellie is especially smitten with her new baby sister! I took a little time during Gwen’s nap to update our little family portrait.

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custom couples portrait

Custom Couples' portrait

Custom Couples' portrait

I recently finished this sweet custom couple’s portrait for a client. Aren’t these two cute? Illustrating this reminded me why I love working on portraits. As much as I enjoy the business-y, promotional side of design, it’s nice to do something more personal once in a while.

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illustration friday: early

illustration friday: early

“Early” is a relative term. Never was this so clear as when I had my daughter a year and a half ago.

In college, I mapped out my schedule such that I could avoid 8 a.m. classes whenever possible. I made that mistake in my first semester, all for a Women’s Studies class during which I could barely keep my eyes open.  That was my first and only early morning class.

Six years later, our newborn daughter sleeps until 5:30 a.m. and I do a victory dance. Even now, waking up at 7:30 a.m. is something of a luxury in this house. Funny how things change!

This was drawn loosely from a photo of Elspeth when she was about three months old. I thought I’d play around with a different style… it didn’t quite capture what I wanted to capture, but it gave me the opportunity to experiment, I suppose.

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new custom portrait

One popular custom request is scenes or portraits drawn from photos. Rachel of Koukla Mou Designs asked for a custom doodle based on a photo of her sitting in front of a pretty water landscape.  These doodles are somewhat challenging for me because I’m obviously not a “realistic” illustrator, but I like to stay true to the original while maintaining my style. Rachel’s portrait came out really well, and working on it inspired me to try my hand at another landscape–more on that one later!