As I was short on time I quickly sketched this piece for Father’s day. Certainly not my best, but I did not want to let the day pass without making a little something for all those wonderful Dads!
When I am illustrating I jam Spotify…usually Zedd, Broods, Purity Ring, Robert Miles, or Yellow Claw. Today, amidst illustrating my next children’s book, I decided to just let the discover option play as they do occasionally find some new songs I end up loving.
A song came on.
Instantly it caught my attention.
I absolutely loved it.
So I went to add it….
And started crying…..
It was Cliché by Christina Grimmie.
As an aspiring singer, I live vicariously through the many talents on shows like The Voice.
I felt compelled to create a tribute to this beautiful soul taken far too soon from this world.
I get extremely nervous doing portraits of people I actually know.
I fear I will draw them in a way that they may find offensive I guess. I have always preferred to draw fantasy art as that way it is less likely to be compared to anything else, judged or harshly critiqued.
Nonetheless, as a learning process and to further my skill, I try to do any and every subject I can. Even portraits, which are by far my most trying subject.
I was lucky to grow up with quite a beautiful group of children. I am blessed to still speak to many of them today. I always found this young lady stunning. Truly beautiful both inside and out.
When she agreed to allow me to do her portrait I was honored!!!!