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My Bro - My Hero by Kat-Nicholson My Bro - My Hero by Kat-Nicholson
"Who ya gonna call?" :D

This is my Bro, Peter. He is 31 years old (so he's my senior by 1 year) he has Down's syndrome and he's the most awesome, loving, caring and inspiring person I know. There were times when I thought myself very unlucky when I was younger to have Pete as a brother as he was pretty hard work to grow up with, but now I wouldn't change him for the world. He's my hero. :)

We had a LOT of hours to kill on the way over to France just before Christmas as we'd missed the ferry due my being held-up on the train due to flooding. We had to wait something like 7 hours for the night-boat to roll around, and so we needed to kill some time. Pete very obligingly sat for me while I did a 2 hr portrait of him on my iPad (in 2x1hr sessions w/a short break for him in the middle) .. he's always been my most patient and willing sitter and it was great to have a chance to do a proper, colour painting for once, instead of another quick line-drawing. :)

Also, Pete loves ghostbusters. ;)

2hrs procreate ipad.
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bechanpanda Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2013
Pete!! Aww this is awesome
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Kat-Nicholson Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2013  Professional General Artist
^___^ cheers babe :) :hug:
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Slapsticky Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2013
I have that T-shirt!:)
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Kat-Nicholson Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2013  Professional General Artist
hurray! :D
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Melancholy-Minds Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2013
Beautiful work; you've captured something wonderful in his expression. What I wouldn't do for such a patient model!

I'm especially impressed with the lighting on his face and shirt (and what an awesome shirt it is!) it's very convincingly rendered.
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Kat-Nicholson Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2013  Professional General Artist
Yeh he's very patient bless him .. and even when he falls asleep he doesn't really move (and sometimes even sleeps with his eyes open.. creepy!) so he's good to draw/paint ^_^ I'm quite pleased with how the shirt came out.. less so the face tbh, I always struggle w/them x.X
Thanks for the comments hun!
:heart:
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Melancholy-Minds Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2013
My pleasure, Kat. :heart:
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fyta Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Aww :) I hope he's well! My love to you and your family :)
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Kat-Nicholson Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013  Professional General Artist
dawwh :hug: :love: Herrow! ^_^ It's always a pleasure to find fyta-prints on my deviations :D :heart:
Thanks Fub, he's well enough, although he is certainly starting to look a bit older these days! (too many smile-lines around those eyes! :D) it's weird, cos in my mind he's still just the same as he was when he was 11 or 12, but even Peter Pan's starting to grow up!
And my love to you and yours fubble :heart:
x
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Simon-Williams-Art Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013  Professional Artist
God bless him! Pete's a wonderful guy. Awesome work, Kitten!
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Kat-Nicholson Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013  Professional General Artist
he's an inspiration! thanks Si. :)
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:iconthat-disturbedguy:
that-disturbedguy Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
That's sweet ^^
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Kat-Nicholson Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013  Professional General Artist
:thanks:
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that-disturbedguy Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
^^
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Leemo626 Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013  Professional Filmographer
So beautiful! :')
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:iconkat-nicholson:
Kat-Nicholson Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013  Professional General Artist
:)
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PARASlTE Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This is so sweet~
I can never do people, but you did a person with perfect lighting on an iPad?
You amaze me.
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Kat-Nicholson Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013  Professional General Artist
thanks! I've had a good few many years of practice mind you! ;) I never used to be any good at people either but I've been working hard at it to get better for over a decade so stick with it and I'm sure you'll get there too :)
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PARASlTE Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
You're welcome! I'll try! ( I can do facial features fine, but I cant seem to get the head/face shape)
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Kat-Nicholson Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013  Professional General Artist
Betty Edward's book "Drawing on the right side of the brain" Has helped me with my observations load, and Burne Hogarth's books on understanding the structures of the body (particularly the one which focuses just on the head/face) have been useful too :)
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PARASlTE Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Hmm, I'll check it out.
Thanks for the advice!
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Kat-Nicholson Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013  Professional General Artist
no probs :)
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genekelly Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Lovely piece. :)
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Kat-Nicholson Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013  Professional General Artist
thanks :)
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RazzieMbessai Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013
Dude SEVEN hours?? I'd have gone nuts and started scrawling swear words on everything... on anything just to relieve the boredom!! :noes:

Mwahahahaaa, you're both doing this wrong - if he's older, then YOU get to sit for HIM :lmao:
He sounds awesome, and his taste in movies confirms his win 8-)
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Kat-Nicholson Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013  Professional General Artist
hehe.. yeah it was pretty tough.. especially w/a hyper pete! But fortunately this calmed him down nicely, and he was drifting off after about 15 minutes :3 lol
I would sit for him if he wanted me to to, for sure :) He's not so into his drawing now as he used to be tho sadly. :/ He'll still colour in if I ask him to tho :D
Oh U'd love pete, he makes friends with everyone and his developing quite a wicked sense of humour in his own way :D
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RazzieMbessai Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013
Haha, I know how he feels... being hyperactive is exhausting work! :lmao:
I started Music Group yesterday after Art Group so after a long day's messing around I was nicely dozing on the bus home :D

Much to my horror, the neighbour's youngling has also changed his tastes. Gone are the days of Ben 10 and GIANT EFFIN ROBOTS... now it's more pirates with an occasional robot :D
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Kat-Nicholson Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013  Professional General Artist
awwh sad times! Younglings are never as much fun once they start growing up ;)
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lookhappy Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013  Professional General Artist
Great portrait Kat! You got the lighting perfectly!
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Kat-Nicholson Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013  Professional General Artist
thanks hun :)
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riotbreaker Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013  Student General Artist
What a sweet picture ♥! Great job!
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Kat-Nicholson Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013  Professional General Artist
:thanks:
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Phenometron Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013
He is indeed your hero. And I'm a "Ghostbusters" fan myself.
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Kat-Nicholson Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013  Professional General Artist
:thumbsup: Anyone with any sense should be, the film's great! ^_^
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thaily Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013
Peter has good taste.
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Kat-Nicholson Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013  Professional General Artist
hehe! But of course! :D
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Kingoji Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013
What a guy. The image and also your comments beneath are very heartwarming. As much as you appreciate him, he's just as lucky to have you.
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Kat-Nicholson Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013  Professional General Artist
hehe... sometimes! I doubt he thought that when we were growing up tho, we were terrible to each other! ;)
I keep wanting to bring pete along to AA as I know he'd get such a kick out of meeting everyone there.. not sure how it would work tho -_-
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Kingoji Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013
Would he find it exhausting?
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Kat-Nicholson Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013  Professional General Artist
quite possibly.. but it's more from the "who would watch him?" point of view.. his carer's been good enough to bring him to show's like Memorabilia and such before where there's there's lots of mixed stuff for them to look at, but I don't think he'd be as interested in transformers as Pete himself, and I'm sure after an hour or two would probably want to leave.... - I wouldn't be able to look after him all weekend as he'd get bored sat behind the table with me... I duno, I'll keep thinking on it and see if we can come to a conclusion. ~:]
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Kingoji Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013
Yeah, it's a tricky one. I don't imagine he'd be comfortable if we had, say, a volunteer to look after him when he wanted to see and do other things now and then. And the Hilton isn't amazing for access if you wanted to get out of the building for awhile. Do you have any friends and/or family aside from the carer that would like a weekend away?
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Kat-Nicholson Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013  Professional General Artist
I don't know.. It might be best to just get his carerer to bring him up for a few hours or so.. but U know what AA's like, so many of the best bits happen after hours or when U least expect it! ;) lol
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DonaldGroat Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Nicely done babe. Dx
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Kat-Nicholson Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013  Professional General Artist
:thumbsup: :thanks:
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bigcatdesigns Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Fantastic portrait.. !!
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Kat-Nicholson Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013  Professional General Artist
cheers :)
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Dragnmastr Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013
Awesome Sauce! Beautifully done Kat. I would recognize him anywhere! :D
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Kat-Nicholson Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013  Professional General Artist
^____^ Thanks PB!! :D :love:
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WolfSkullJack Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
That's so lovely, you are such a great artist and an amazing person
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Kat-Nicholson Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013  Professional General Artist
:blush: thanks. x.x
Happy new year hun :)
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