Another super-delayed Paper Blogger post, but better late than never! Ayden's portrait is absolutely one of my favorites and I could not have been more pleased with how it came out. For me, it really signified a transition to a different way of approaching these portraits, from an artistic standpoint, that I believe I struggled with a bit on my first few commissions and earlier portraits. When I was done, it felt like it was a moment of growth in the overall look of my paper portraiture style....I don't know what it is exactly, probably a culmination of a lot subtle changes that you might not notice, but overall it just looks so much cleaner and refined than some of my earlier portraits. What really helped though was Ayden's permission for just about complete artistic control on this commission, which took A LOT of pressure off of me, which in turn helped me to add a lot more to her order. I included her two guinea pigs and a little cupcake with a tiny bow on it, and then flooded the background with roses which took soooooooo loooooong to do. I've never cut out so many individual pieces on a single commission before and just to speed things up a bit, I had to enlist Whitney's help on this portrait....which, in the end, made this order even more special, since it was the first order Whitney and I have ever worked on together.
It is no exaggeration at all when I say that Ayden is one of the sweetest people we have met through our blog. I may sound like a broken record when I talk about these other bloggers that we have met, but seriously everyone we have had the pleasure to work with or talk to have just been the coolest people in the world, and Ayden ranks at the top! Her blog quickly became one of our favorites and I'm sure it'll become one of your's as well if it isn't already! So we suggest that you all visit her blog right now and say hello by hitting her button under the blogroll to the left of this page or by clicking HERE.