Jason is visiting back home for Christmas. Last night was our last night together before Christmas Day, so we opened our "big" presents to each other.
Now, I have been sweating bullets over the gift I got him. Since last June when the idea first occurred to me, all through the summer, fretting over the entire idea. Even when I received the final product, which I loved, I worried. I was stressing out big time.
Because it was one of those things that he was either going to absolutely love or absolutely hate with no middle ground.
Luckily, he absolutely loved it.
If you know Jason, you know he is a comic book fan. Last spring, he wrote an article about the comic book industry. I contacted one of the interviewed artists, Jeremy Dale, and commissioned a portrait of Jason (and the kittens, of course) as comic book superheroes.
I sent him a few photographs, came up with a rough story line/idea and Jeremy did the rest. My art photography skills aren't up to Jeremy's art skills, but the work turned out fantastic! Click on them for greater detail.
Here's the whole piece:
This is the opening scenes, Charleston harbor, Jason hard at work, the kittens resting, then DANGER!
Transforming into superheroes.
This was a huge hit with everyone who saw it. Jason was first excited when he saw Jeremy's signature at the top, then he was "oh, how nice"-ing at the picture, then there was the "Wait a minute! That's me! And the cats!"
He loved it and I loved that he loved it and I genuinely surprised and delighted him!
Thanks a billion, Jeremy Dale!