It’s definitely been a crazy week considering I planned on getting these photos up on Friday. Many of you saw a highlight of this portrait I created for Ellen Degeneres and her wife Portia de Rossi a few days back and I am excited to finally be sharing more detailed images with you. The details are what make this piece so special but it’s the sentimental detail that transformed it into an extraordinary work of art that will forever be cherished.
Before I get to work on any piece, I pull together all the details and photos that are needed. It’s the piecing together of the photos and the personal details that truly make these portraits speak to the individual it is being gifted to. I wanted to give you a glimpse into what the process looks like in it’s beginning stages. Once the photos have been selected, I make very detailed notes on each and every pattern, button, stitch, shoe lace, and freckle. It’s a much more detailed and lengthy list than that but you get the idea.
I’m sure you are curious about why a gorilla has been added to their custom portrait. Read what Ellen had to say about this majestic creature. “I’ve always been passionate about helping animals. Nobody knows this more than my wife, and she knew the exact right gift to give me. These gorillas are so incredible and so closely linked to us, sharing 98 percent of our DNA. There are only 880 of these majestic creatures left on this planet. I’m beyond excited to get to work with the Fossey Fund to support their work and help protect these amazing animals.” - Ellen Degeneres
This piece was one that I couldn’t wait to get started on but have to admit, I was a bit nervous. I have worked on my fair share of cuddly dogs, cats, birds, and even pet chickens but never have I created a gorilla! When I am executing a piece it’s not just about creating the perfect outfits and glueing down some hair. It’s about finding ways to capture each individual person and animal in it’s truest form. Bringing my subjects to life through an unexpected medium. That in my opinion is what makes these paper creations so magical.