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Delaney Draws Love

Illustration, Portrait, Self-initiated Work, Series

#DelaneyDrawsLove is an impromptu portrait project I began on the whim of a depression spell. Over a three week span at the start of 2018, I offered custom portraits in exchange for just a $10 donation and a love note. I asked people to send me a photo and tell me what they loved about this person, pet, thing, or themselves. 100% of donations were sent to a family who had recently experienced a sudden personal tragedy.

I wanted to see if it would help me feel better to put more art and love and truth into the world by drawing what people love. Over 30 portraits later, I counted the experiment a success. Below are selected images from the project, with their accompanying love notes.

 "I love his Godly view on happiness, love, and life. He motivates me to fulfill my passion without a second thought of resistance. He simply makes me happy :)"

"I love his Godly view on happiness, love, and life. He motivates me to fulfill my passion without a second thought of resistance. He simply makes me happy :)"

 "Seeing him as a father has grown my appreciation for the amazing person that he is. He is so gentle, thoughtful, playful and 1000% invested in our daughter Riley and myself."

"Seeing him as a father has grown my appreciation for the amazing person that he is. He is so gentle, thoughtful, playful and 1000% invested in our daughter Riley and myself."

 "2017 was a challenging year for me - at the end of the year I left a mediocre job, a mediocre relationship and then cut off my hair. This selfie is the first time I embraced my new look while surrounded by loved ones for the holidays."

"2017 was a challenging year for me - at the end of the year I left a mediocre job, a mediocre relationship and then cut off my hair. This selfie is the first time I embraced my new look while surrounded by loved ones for the holidays."

 "My favorite things about myself are my passion, patience, and persistence."

"My favorite things about myself are my passion, patience, and persistence."

 "He is one of the most selfless people I’ve ever met. He is always putting others first."

"He is one of the most selfless people I’ve ever met. He is always putting others first."

 "What I love most about myself are my curiosity, creativity and compassion."

"What I love most about myself are my curiosity, creativity and compassion."

 "What I love most about Keith is how much laughter we share together. Whether we're hiking a mountain or just eating bagels and playing games, he fills my days with laughter, and I hope that will continue for the rest of our life together!"

"What I love most about Keith is how much laughter we share together. Whether we're hiking a mountain or just eating bagels and playing games, he fills my days with laughter, and I hope that will continue for the rest of our life together!"

 "Here is a picture of me with my dad, who died last February. He was the anchor for our whole family and the most selfless person you’d ever hope to meet. I love this picture because of the smile on my face that says 'I know I am loved and safe in my daddy’s arms'."

"Here is a picture of me with my dad, who died last February. He was the anchor for our whole family and the most selfless person you’d ever hope to meet. I love this picture because of the smile on my face that says 'I know I am loved and safe in my daddy’s arms'."

 "Our beautiful daughter Stella and her Guardian Angel, Beau. Stella is 1 year old. She amazes us everyday and we absolutely adore her smiles and giggles. Her big brother Beau is a rescue puppy. He is constantly on watch to make sure his sister is safe and is super patient when Stella pulls his long ears."

"Our beautiful daughter Stella and her Guardian Angel, Beau. Stella is 1 year old. She amazes us everyday and we absolutely adore her smiles and giggles. Her big brother Beau is a rescue puppy. He is constantly on watch to make sure his sister is safe and is super patient when Stella pulls his long ears."