A couple of years later, a friend gave me a couple of dozen nice frames and mats. I used them to frame up nearly my entire portfolio and sold everything. I made a few thousand dollars and believe me that was great, but I felt a little empty. My portfolio was now empty. And to make things worse, my skill had lost its edge. I hadn't really made and serious art for a few years and found myself struggling to make anything on the level I did before.
My daughter was born around this time and I found myself sketching her a lot.
Ignore my reflection.
I kept doing sketches of her as she grew. She was 2 when she really went trick or treating for the first time. She was a fairy princess. Sorry my sketch was just a headshot but you can still see her crown.
Again, sorry about my reflection.
I started getting positive comments from friends and coworkers about my sketches of her and began to get requests from people wanting similar drawings done of their friends and loved ones. I even started doing drawings of family pets. Next thing I knew, I had a nice little side business.
I finally got my motivation to do art work back again and it was thanks to my daughter.