I got to know one of the PTO moms at my school last year pretty well. Her daughter was in 2nd grade and her son in Kinder, but they came to the book club my friend Rachel and I ran so I got to know them too. Anyways. She’s one of my Facebook friends and she posted a picture of her daughter back when she was 2 a few weeks ago. She said it was one of her favorite pictures.

I was drawn in by the wisps of hair flying all around. I knew that I had to draw it. I shaded in the whole page before sketching her out and adding shadows. I used the corner of an eraser last, erasing out the wisps. The plan was to shade them back in after–she has blonde hair, but not this light–but this looked perfect to me and I decided not to. For the same reason, I didn’t blend as much as usual, leaving the rough simplicity of the shading.


I don’t have a scanner, so I took a picture with my phone and adjusted it as best I could to match the original in Photoshop, but it isn’t perfect.

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