joie de vivre

The very astute feedback I got from the first two sample portraits (here and here) for the custom portrait being auctioned off was that they were to serious. A parent bidding on a portrait might want to see that I could create something more joyful, something that captures the delight and exuberance that children have. So I tried something:

Again, so much harder to draw my own child. Those cheeks-I wanted them chubbier, more baby and less little girl. But she’s joyful in a different way as a little girl than she was as a baby, and I’m glad someone pushed me to capture that.

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