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 ToeSalad.com.

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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  • Wpuranga

    Way to show the talent of others! It looks great!

  • joenewton

    Great idea, wonderful illustration. 

  • Anonymous

    Nice work! What a talented young man and a great way too support him!

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  • movingfastwhilstgettingnowhere

    That’s both fantastic and inspirational. My respect and congratulations to you both, it looks great!

  • brownwetdog

    Very nice on all counts!

  • flatcatgear

    Nice work, that is a talented young person!

  • DD Longlegs

    Way to go!! Very nice. :-D

  • Jak

    Great thought about illustration.It will be helpful for all to increase own knowledge.So amazing that is real.
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  • What a great illustration! Laurent is very talented.

  • Snctool

    Wonderful talent and excellent artwork. I am impressed and it suits you Brian. He even put your puppy dog in the scene. I may have to discuss with him an improvement to my website. Keep up the good work son. You have a promising future.

  • Very cool idea, Brian; and a beautiful drawing by Laurent – thumbs up!

  • Unwaveringfaith

    Awesome Laurent! Very proud of you. I love how you shade your picture with the markers. That must be hard to learn how to do properly. You have some really amazing talent…stick with it!

  • He did a great job didn’t he. The shading on the side of my tarp is probably my favorite section :)

  • I’m loving it and very proud of my new artist buddy.

  • Steve, all new commissions must come through me ;) Just kidding, but I wouldn’t be surprised if he gets asked to more work like this – I hope he does.

  • I’m so pleased with the way it turned out. I think this would make for a great business card.

  • I have always liked that look.  Great job!

  • Nopope

    Fantastic!

  • Very nice and as others have said, the shading is fantastic.  Great job helping out a young artist.

  • Great job!  Love the links on the image too!