Do your portraits really look like the people you draw?
Last year, at my first craft fair, I had my booth all set up with a section of family portraits I had drawn. A lady asked me "Do these portraits really look like the families you draw?" I should have been prepared for this question. It's quite simple. It's the reason people ask me to draw their family portraits. All I could reply is "Yes, um . . . I hope so."
In the past I haven't posted real pictures of the families I draw out of privacy for them, but I received permission for several pictures and they happen to be some of my favorite people.
This is my wonderful cousin Katie and her absolutely darling and beautiful family. She is also incredibly smart, Katie and her husband graduated with their master degrees together!
Her awesome husband Keith was getting ready to graduate with his PhD, that is no easy thing, and Katie had imagined this family picture with him in his graduation robe and the family surrounding him, but they weren't able to stay for the graduation ceremony, instead they had to quickly hop a plane to move to a new city for his new job. There went her perfect family picture she had dreamed of and waited patiently for. She asked if I would draw their graduation "perfect moment" and I was over the moon excited to.
Hair colors are always hard, it's either brown or blond, no real in between on the color chart.
Thanks to my friends for sharing your family pictures and portraits! I spend several hours drawing and editing each portrait and I feel very close to the family by the time I finish. Even the people I already know, it makes me feel closer to them. Pictures don't lie, you can feel their love for each other. Wonderful people indeed!
So what do you think? Do the portraits look like them?