The Shoes

Posted: September 17, 2012 in Pencil Sketches, Portraits

Before going to Kenya I decided to commemorate the trip by purchasing a pair of red Toms and drawing on them.  It was the natural thing to do.  Here are the Toms:

While tree planting with my team I was privileged enough to meet Robin Wiszowaty, author or My Maasai Life.  Robin has been working with Free the Children for a decade now, seeking out the work in international development after she spent a year living with a Maasai family.  I took the liberty of introducing myself to Robin, as I had read her book before embarking on the trip.  Not long into the conversation Robin noticed my shoes.  Her excitement and awe over the illustrations is very difficult to describe in words.  She couldn’t stop expressing her amazement over the detail on the giraffe and the accuracy in the map.  Nearly right away she commissioned me to draw her something.

Upon my return I picked up her book once again and glanced through the photos located in the center.  A photo that struck me while reading it struck me again.  This is what I was going to draw her:

Robin’s story of her experience in the Masai Mara is inspiring, funny, insightful and beautiful.  I was thrilled to draw her something upon her request.  I have mailed this drawing to the Toronto location of Free the Children.  Robin will be touring Canada (she lives full time in Kenya) while speaking on the Me to We tour.  I’m excited for this drawing to find her!



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