I have been waiting to share this multi-portrait as it was a surprise Birthday present for my lovely friend. I waited until he received it (frame and all) to post this.

Portraits will always challenge me, especially if I am drawing people I care about. It’s the hardest thing because you not only know their face, but you know the person/people behind the eyes, which adds an intangible, emotional level of complexity. And you discover the tiniest details of what makes them different from anyone else when you draw their portrait. It’s about as honest and raw as you can get.

Happy (late) Birthday (and late present) Ryan! ❤