First Macleans illo of 2012! Hope I can get the chance to do many more this year. The subject was a volunteer firefighter in British Columbia who died in the line of duty, two months after he got married. "You had me from before hello" is what he and his wife would say to each other as a sign of affection.
Part of the pleasure of doing these jobs is being able to pull elements of a person's life together to create one harmonious image. I recently attended the funeral of a friend and that brought me renewed appreciation for these commissions. I feel very privileged to do them.