a few days ago i was looking at pictures and videos of my little nephew on flickr, had a sketch block on my lap, and had pencils lying on the table. it wasn't planned but I just couldn't help myself: this led to a small pencil portrait of him. now I have my baby nephew smiling at me from next to the fire place.
one of my art students had asked if i would paint a portrait for him of his 3 grandchildren. he's been thinking of a unique present for them, something they don't already have. i think portraits are a great gift idea, everybody loves them! i made one with charcoal for our very good friends' wedding anniversary. they got it framed and hung it up immediately. it really made me happy to see how much they liked it.