Earlier this summer, I was asked to create a special gift for a mother to give her daughter on her 21st birthday - something that would become a treasured keepsake to mark a momentous day.
As Emily's birthday has now passed, I can share this beautiful commission with you!
During the process, I worked closely with Emily's mother to find the right objects and botanicals to illustrate. We found lots of ways to make this illustration really special and totally personal to Emily.
Emily's life has been enriched by her numerous pets and I was excited to be able to fit all four into her illustration, working hard to capture the personality of each pet in turn.
The botanicals used are sweet peas as this is Emily's nickname for her dog Teddy, who features in the illustration and orchids, which are her favourite. Orchids also represent love, luxury and beauty - all things that Emily's mother wanted to associate with her daughter.
Also featured are her childhood teddy bear, her favourite drinks and a little mouse to represent Emily's mother's nickname for her.
For a closer look, here's a little video pan of the illustration before it was carefully packed up and sent off to its new owner.
I received some lovely feedback too:
She was over the moon with it! It has been admired left, right and centre and everyone is amazed how you captured the animal's characters! Thank you so much