A collection of doodles with a bit of commentary by RICK GREEN - your cartooning friend

Saturday, March 1, 2008

Two Countries, Two Hearts = One Family

Whenever I open my e-mail I never know what kind of request I may be getting. I've had a couple of different ones of late. This is one of them.

Chana wrote me and said, "I am adopting from Vietnam and am wanting my blog design to reflect this. This is what image I am wanting: 2 heart shaped flags - one of the USA, one of Vietnam. I'd like the flags to sort of overlap, with the Vietnam flag in the front. I'd then like twine (string, thread, whatever) to 'wrap' them together. From the twine I'd like 4 tags hanging from them. On each tag I'd like a different name ... Jordan, Mama, Emercyn, Arityn."

This was certainly different from the usual caricature request that I normally get, but it seemed simple enough.

I first sketched it out this drawing (during a meeting) and sent it to her.

Then, with her approval, I put together this illustrat- ion.

Now you know that I'm bragging when I share with what Chana wrote after seeing this drawing. She said, "I cannot even begin to tell you how impressed I am. I am in tears. This means so much to me." Did you read that? Tears! She said that she was "in tears!!" Now, mind you, this is not the first time that my work has made someone cry, but it wasn't because they were happy with what they saw it.

Thank you Chana for your kind words, and for trusting me with creating something that is obviously very important to you.

I haven't got a blog address for Chana's site yet. I think that it is still in the developmental stage. When I get an address I will be sure to put a link on my list of sites using my work so that you can see how she put the drawing to work.


Brenda said...

That is so sweet. 3 of our 5 children are adopted. From the US foster system, not overseas, but still adoption has a special place in our hearts. Congratulations to her growing family. Kudos to you RickY for doing something special for her adoption.

Flea said...

Rick, that is absolutely beautiful.

peach said...

Love it and love the proof that your talent knows no bounds!

JellyBelly said...

You really have a way with taking what people tell you they want and exeeding their expectations and really coming up with something spectacular. Another great job Rick!

Anonymous said...

Beautiful pic, i love it.

Anonymous said...

I think this can make any Momma cry. Great job as usual. Never sell yourself short...you are gifted!

BetteJo said...

You captured what is in her heart - that can make anyone cry!

Michele (Rocky Mtn.Girl) said...

Aww... very nice! I'm not sure if I could do something like that... you should be pretty proud of yourself because gosh... that's pretty darn special!!

Coralyn said...

Great job, as always, Rick!