35 Year Old Pencil Portrait

Pencil Portrait Close Up

My husband went to a family get together last week and his mom brought this drawing that he did of his dad when he was 14 years old...35 years ago! Apparently she had been cleaning out the basement and she came across it. My husband had long forgotten that this drawing even exisisted. It is a miracle that it has not only been saved all of these years but that it survived decades of neglect. The paper is definitely in rough shape, as you can see from the picture below but the actual drawing looks great! It is fun to have this treasure not only because it shows the teenaged version of my husband's art but also because the subject is near and dear to our hearts.

Crumpled Up Pencil Drawing

As you can see in the picture above, this pencil portrait has not been cared for or well preserved over the years. It was probably crumpled up in a box in the basement and the edges are definitely in rough shape. Luckily, the sketch is in the center of the paper and the worst damage does not affect the quality of the image but the paper was so wrinkled and torn that it would not lay flat to get a good picture and of course I wanted to get a picture of this portrait before any further damage occurs so I started thinking about my options.

Pencil Portrait

I decided to use the black, magnetic, hinged base component for the Panels collection as my base and I used a few strategically placed magnets to hold the paper in place so that the paper layed nice and flat. It worked perfectly and I was able to get a good shot of the sketch without the edges curling in and the paper wrinkling which would have led to a distorted picture. Also, the nice lighting within the SHOTBOX allowed the fading pencil lines to really pop off the page. Once again, I am so thankful for my SHOTBOX and the ability it gives me to preserve precious memories and valuable (at least sentimentally) keepsakes!

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Photo shot with SHOTBOX and my Samsung Galaxy S7 Smartphone.

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My name is Jodie and I am a wife and mother of four. I love to bake, craft, travel, exercise, hike and explore new things. I'm excited to use the SHOTBOX to highlight my creations and to show you how this simple tool can bring light and life to your passions too.

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