Blog Makeover From Young Artist

The Artist Hard at Work

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

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

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