Over the last several years, I’ve tried to make more of a point to make sure that the art jobs I took on had a real meaning. There were cases where the drawings were of friends, family, couples about to get married, and generally happy moments; and then there were more somber projects, where the drawings were of lost loved ones. There are those who feel like it’s sort of a morbid subject, but, for those who had me take these projects on, it meant a lot, and helped to bring back cherished memories, and to view those who have gone on in a happier light. From my own personal experience, drawing a portrait of my dad for my mom after he had passed was something that really meant a lot for her. It really opened me up to doing similar projects for others.
The piece above was for a co-worker who’d lost his brother as a child. He wanted a picture of the three brothers in their family, each aged around the third grade, to give to his mom.
The piece below was for a co-worker who had lost his son in a car accident. The co-worker had me draw this so he could give it to his grandson, who was only an infant when his father had died in the accident.