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Pretty Sick Art!

Illustrating the faces (and gear) of those with chronic pain or illness. Because Visibility matters,…

So I started a blog specifically to showcase the illustrations I’ve been doing of my fellow spoonies/disabled folk.  Right now my image is the only one there (I’m waiting for an ok from the others I’ve illustrated so I know what info is ok to post with their images), but submissions are open if you are a someone with chronic pain/chronic illness, a spoonie, visibly or invisibly disabled and would like a custom illustration- you can submit it there!

PrettySickArt #100: Fairy GodMother

Name: Kris
Age: 62
Has: Seasonal Affective Disorder, Childhood Polio Survivor, Post-Polio Syndrome
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If you ever find yourself scrolling through PSA, thanking your lucky stars (or even me) that it exists… there’s someone else you should be thanking too.  She’s our 100th illustration, and someone near and dear to me.  Kris is, in fact, my godmother.  She was a close friend of my adoptive parents before I was even born, and has known me my whole life. 

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In 2007, as I faced unemployment (yet again) she invited me to come live with her and it was easily one of the best decisions either of us have ever made.  Aside from sharing the same strange sense of humor, Kris is easily one of the most kind and generous people i’ve known in my life.  

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Without her constant and unfailing support, PSA wouldn’t even exist.  I know she never planned to spend her retirement years being caretaker to her 32 year old goddaughter, but she does it with endless grace and love and she is constantly surprising me with her patience.

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Kris had polio as a child, during the first big vaccination rollout, and as a result has had several surgeries, skin grafts, and complications with her left foot.  She has never once let any of that keep her down.  Constantly putting others before herself, Kris is a blessing to any and all who are lucky enough to be her friends, and she is a veritable St. Francis when it comes to animal rescue and care.  

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Our house is filled with cats and dogs and laughter and positivity- but also honesty and safety and the freedom to be realistic and open about our individual challenges.

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She asked, several weeks ago, if she could be my 100th illustration, but in truth- she will always really be #1.  Without her none of this would be possible and I am thankful every day that I have a godmother who has chosen to take her title so seriously.  There’s a reason I call her Big Mama or even better:  My Fairy Godmother.

Pretty Sick Art #11: Ellie

Name: Ellie
Site: Tumblr
Has: ME/CFS, Fibromyalgia
Mobility Aids: Wheelchair

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Fun challenges with this portrait!  This fluffy dog gave me quite a bit of trial and error fun trying to find the perfect way to illustrate it’s curly fluff!  And I’ve now officially illustrated my first wheelchair!

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So here’s the masterpost (1/?) of my Sarahstrations! (illustrations by me).  These are all built on photographs and done in illustrator, then finished in photoshop (primarily just adding the black border and saving as a jpg)

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I’m still learning and skill-building (obviously) but I think some of them have turned out really amazing despite that fact.

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If you want a photo of you illustrated in this style… just ask- and I’ll add you to the queue of folks I’m working on. (and if you want to throw me a few bucks when it’s done that’s cool too my paypal is daisyink@aol.com)

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I’ll keep adding to this as I do more.  The best photos to submit are well-lit, and closer-up is better than farther back.. but I’ll try to work with whatever you most want me to use! :)

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Progress photos … to give you an idea of what’s involved in making these illustrations.  You basically make a bunch of shapes and fill them with color and fiddle with their transparency until it looks right.

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For some reason I decided this shot of scarfy in her knit sweater was a great choice.

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I may regret that before I’m done with the sweater itself though.