A few months ago I stumbled upon the work of an aspiring young artist that immediately caught my eye. I was classically trained as an illustrator and while I may not work in that field anymore, I still enjoy drawing, painting and looking at art of all kinds - chances are you've seen some of my sketches and drawings throughout this blog.
The drawings that I had discovered were by a young artist named Laurent Tougas. If that last name sounds familiar to you it's probably because Laurent is the son of my good friend and fellow blogger Damien Tougas of ToeSalad.com.
I had stumbled upon Laurent's work purely by accident and had noticed that some of his pieces, shown online, were for sale. I was tempted to buy one or two pieces right then and there, but instead I wondered if I might be able to commission Laurent for a paid custom illustration. I reached out to Damien to ask if that would be okay and if Laurent was even interested. Luckily for me the answer was a resounding yes on both counts.
My commission request was simple: Recreate a hand-drawn version of my blog banner using the medium of Laurent's choosing so that I could use the new illustration to replace the photographic banner that I currently have. The artist accepted the challenge and set to work, quite excitedly from what his father told me.
A week or two passed, I had some work travel at that time if I recall, and then before I knew it Damien had sent me an electronic scan of Laurent's artwork. Needless to say I was blown away by his new version of my banner - it was exactly what I had wanted and far beyond what I had envisioned when I first saw his illustrations.
So, I am very proud and pleased to show off my new hand-drawn blog banner courtesy of my fellow artist Laurent Tougas. Thank you Laurent, I love it!
» Artist for Hire | Behind the scenes of Laurent's artwork via FIMBY blog
Brian is a Charlotte based backpacker, gear junkie, runner, and CrossFit(er). Originally from Southampton, England, Brian has lived in the US for over 20 years, finally settling in North Carolina. He spends as much time backpacking as his busy work schedule and family life will allow.