Illustrated portraits of you… for you… for free…
by me, Melanie Kilby
Remember when mum used to send you to school with your lunch in a brown paper bag. You never knew what to expect. Did you strike it lucky with a mini snickers or is it sweaty cheese and lukewarm kabana. A nutella sandwich or that dreaded Devon.
Well that’s kinda like this project I guess.
I’ve called it The Brown Paper Bag Project because it’s a bit of an illustration lucky dip. You may get a masterpiece that took days to finish or you may get a slightly glorified smiley face. Therein lies the fun.
All YOU need to do is email me a photo of yourself that you’d like me to attempt to draw. THAT’S IT. SIMPLE.
I will draw your portrait FOR FREE and you’ll get a little digital keepsake to use as you wish FOR FREE (well almost… a small plug for my project on your facebook page as you proudly display it as your profile picture would make me as happy as a clam).
The catch is that I get to draw you in any style I choose. You may end up sketched as your sweet little self, you may end up a comic book character in a head to toe leather catsuit, or you may just end up with a pigeon sitting on your head. The sky’s the limit really.
“Sounds like a scam” I hear you cry. “What do you get outta this you weirdo” you postulate.
By getting involved you’re first and foremost helping me to expand my portfolio and allowing me to indulge in a little pencil to paper action. If The Brown Paper Bag Project takes off, I get a little love as an illustrator which equates to warm and fuzzlies for me. If you love your portrait and want the full sized original you can buy it off me (but we can talk about that later). Who know’s… I might make enough to buy a few cheeseburgers and a box of wine but I promise not to get ahead of myself.
It’s up to you now… send me your photo that you’d like me to sketch (either straight or silly) and you’ll get back a portrait (equally either straight or silly).
Below are a few quick examples of how your free digital likeness would be presented, looking like it’s on your brown paper lunch bag. I can practically hear you salivating.
Email the aforementioned photos to email@example.com NOW NOW NOW!
No pressure though.