I had shared my three World Culture pencil portraits on Facebook over the last couple weeks, and after doing so I got a message from a woman I had grown up and gone to school with. She wanted to give an 8×10 child portrait to a close friend as a belated birthday present, and she also wanted a 9×12 done of her own grandchild.

Her request is what prompted me to hurry up and get my business license – which I finally secured yesterday. ELYSIAN REALM is officially legitimate.

I had not expected to receive any drawing requests when I was sharing my work on Facebook – I was just showing off. I didn’t have any good drawing paper when she contacted me. I had done the World Culture portraits in an old drawing pad I had found in my house. So I quickly placed an order for some pro-quality bristol pads and put a rush on them.

The package showed up yesterday and I immediately set to work. 6 hours later the portrait was finished. I sent my client the invoice and asked if she’d like me to deliver it to her.

This morning I went to her brand new salon, gawked at how great the place looked (I had rented the exact same building for a few years back in the early 2000’s), and I gave her the finished portrait. She was sure her friend was going to cry after receiving it.

A couple hours later, I received a text that said, “Yup she cried”.

By Cody Deegan

Cody Deegan is a life-long artist versed in drawing, painting, sculpting, and design. He studied filmmaking and character animation at the California Institute of the Arts in Los Angeles as well as figurative oil painting at the Gage Academy of Art in Seattle.

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