The Memory Project

The Memory Project


I’d heard about The Memory Project
before, and it was a project that really appealed to me because of the nature of
individualized art made by our kids to give to other kids halfway around the
world. The 60 photographs we received were
of children from a place called Cap Tiburon on the southwestern coast of Haiti. Their
area had been hit very severely by Hurricane Matthew a couple of years ago,
and the homes were wiped out. This project is all about giving people
hope in the world. That someone far, far away cares about them and draws them this picture. I feel like the most important part is not to draw like the perfect picture, just put your heart in the work. That’s the only thing that really
matters. At the beginning, we received the photos from the children, especially
on the skin tone I picked at least 20 colors just to tune it, make it like
a human face. Big challenges was shadows. It’s my first time to draw shadows. Different areas of his face were lighter
and darker and kind of getting the right colors and blending it correctly was
really difficult for me to do. Even like the smallest parts like the
lips took me about three days too because I had to get all the different shades. The success of the art, individually, was
exceptional. I think they’re going to be held on to
because they’re cool, and they’re meaningful, and they’re really, really
beautifully done. I hope the child receiving this portrait
feels very special, loved, remembered. I just want the child to know there are
actually people caring about them, reaching out to say, here’s a picture of you and you matter.

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