Update December 2017: I am all caught up on all of the pet portrait commissions I received beginning in the Spring of 2017 as the GoFundMe for my friend Jess. I have enjoyed recreating photographs of your beloved pets in exchange for helping my friend. All of the funds help Jess maintain a roof over her head, cover medical costs and offer her just a tiny amount of security. It means so much to me that y'all have helped me offer even a little bit of assistance to a friend who has helped me immensely through troubling times.
That said, this GoFundMe is still open! I am offering affordable commissions: $125 for black and white or $300 for full-color CMYK - see the process/description below! Jess's original plan was to relocate to Portland, however she has worked really hard to secure physical and mental healthcare and a fairly permanent residence. Though these living essentials are great, it does not mean that she doesn't still need help. Often, the only people she talks to are paid individuals. If, in 2018, I could double the commissions I made this last year, this would afford Jess more opportunities to connect with her community by giving her more security. Not simply making it by the skin of her teeth would greatly improve her confidence in being able to reach out and maintain friendships.
I would love to create a keepsake of your cherished pets in exchange for offering a little support for my friend. Thanks for reading on!
Original Statement: I have watched my dear friend Jessica Poor give the shirt off of her back for others too many times to count. This woman took me into her home and offered her unending emotional support during the hardest time in my life--while my mother was in hospice.
Jessica has been struggling with physical and mental health issues, chronic pain, disability and displacement for years, and now it has come to a head. Her safety and well-being are in peril.
One year ago, after losing her house in Milwaukee, she was urged by her family to relocate to Minneapolis. However, her family continued to be unhelpful and left her abandoned. This entire past year she focused her efforts on getting healthcare and community--to little avail. Jess is in a precarious situation; though she's now remotely safe in a temporary living situation, her long-term goal is to move to Portland so that she can be closer to her chosen family and away from the unsafe people in her life.
Jess has helped others in countless ways throughout her life--to try to pay her back, I am asking you to help me help her!
I've created a Go Fund Me campaign offering pet portraits at three different price points: full-color portrait, single-color portrait and an archival digital print. Where would we be without our furry/scaly/feathered friends? Donate to #petportraits4jess and I will create a one-of-a-kind drawing using archival ink methodically hand-stamped on high quality cotton paper. The most affordable reward-tier is $25 for an archival print of super-cute duo Ike and Weezie, my friend Kyle's sweet Boston Terriers. Follow the link to find out more, to donate and to stay tuned!
I'm filled with gratitude for your time and consideration.
Rachel March 2017
About The Process
Want a full color CMYK drawing of your sweet pet? For a $300 donation, I will draw your beloved pet using archival ink hand-stamped on 11 x 14 inch high quality paper.
Using hand-carved stamps, I imitate commercial printing processes by drawing the yellow layer, followed by magenta, cyan, then black, as shown from left to right. My background in printmaking led me to this process that I adore. With my drawing tool making for limited marks (a small diamond-shaped stamp), it allows me to create sharp yet impressionistic drawings based on photographs.
You can have your own B&W pet portrait for $125. Lucifer, my very first completed commission of this kind for this project, was made using warm archival black ink, followed by Burt and Barbra. I did not expect this project to be such a meta-gift--both drawings were commissioned as a gift for a loved one. Thanks to everyone who has helped me help Jess so far!