I get by with a little help from my friends.

I have a beautiful, curly red-hair nephew named Owen, who's about a year and a half old (or will be soon).  Knowing how much love I have for him and how grateful I am that he arrived without hiccups, complications, or any unexpected hurdles, I truly can't imagine what it would've been like any other way.

One of my best friends has a friend that hasn't been as lucky, and has had her fair share of trouble trying to start a family with her husband.  I won't get into all of the details (both because they're not mine to share and because I don't want to inaccurately tell her story), but after some pretty severe losses, this happy couple is now on the journey towards adoption.   This is one a few projects that's come my way lately where a friend or friend-of-a-friend is in a rough patch and needs some help, and I'm a strong believer that we get by with a little help from our friends.  I've been there before and will be there again.

They sent me a few photos of themselves and their dogs and asked for some help creating a sketchy illustration of themselves, I think for an adoption book cover.  As far as I understand, a "choose us!" book for birth mothers to look through.  

I've sketched myself plenty, but when it comes to drawing other girls, guys, and dogs, it took some practice.  I think I used half a roll of trace trying to figure out how to draw wavy hair, let alone a beard.  

 

Here are some progress shots and the final - hope this helps, because these guys could use some good favor and any breaks that come to them in the near future!

 

**Update : this is the Jordans' fundraising page to help fund their adoption if you feel like sharing some love (and money) :)  

 my 1000th layer of trace paper.

my 1000th layer of trace paper.

 moving onto the real stuff...

moving onto the real stuff...

 adding in some (water)color

adding in some (water)color

 then flattening it for a few days.

then flattening it for a few days.

 the final result!

the final result!

 good luck to these guys!

good luck to these guys!