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I painted this image this morning using a 2B pencil on hotpress Archers hotpress paper, tinting the image using watercolour.
This is an illustration of my daughter Charlie with her best friend Liam; they’ve known each other since they were 6 weeks old. Liam and Charlie don’t see each other as often since we moved to the mountains but when they get together it’s like they were never apart.


girl, boy, pencil, friends, kids, watercolour


  • susi lawson
    susi lawsonalmost 6 years ago

    love it!

  • Natalie Perkins
    Natalie Perkinsalmost 6 years ago

    Awww so adorable! I love the smiles the best!

  • Thanks Natalie!)

    – Nina Rycroft

  • Carlos Teófilo
    Carlos Teófiloalmost 6 years ago


  • Thanks Carlos

    – Nina Rycroft

  • Nina Rycroft
    Nina Rycroftalmost 6 years ago

    Thanks Susi!

  • ideasinmotion
    ideasinmotionalmost 6 years ago

    so sos so so so so so so very sweet!

  • Nina Rycroft
    Nina Rycroftalmost 6 years ago

    thank you ideasinmotion..from you, it’s a great compliment ;)

  • Hagen
    Hagenalmost 6 years ago

    Boy you are good!

  • Thanks Hagen, Appriciate it !)

    – Nina Rycroft

  • Simon Aberle
    Simon Aberlealmost 6 years ago

    Beautiful! I love the pastel colours and the simple style.
    It has a children’s storybook illustration feel about it.
    Am I right in guessing that is also what you do?

  • Hi Simon, Yes you guessed it…I am a childrens book illustrator. I haven’t had the opportunity to illustrates humans in a picture book…yet…I’ll be doing my first book with kids late next year. I still think I need a bit of practice.

    – Nina Rycroft

  • Gayle Shaw
    Gayle Shawalmost 6 years ago

    This is fantastic Nina, you should do a storybook starring your daughter, you don’t need more practice, this is fantastic!

  • Thanks Gayle! I might just have to take you up on your idea.

    – Nina Rycroft

  • HanLoosschilder
    HanLoosschilderalmost 6 years ago

    This is such beautiful image!
    I’m thinking the same as Nina, why not create a story about Charlie?
    That would be a special gift for her I’m sure!
    Keep up the amazing work,
    - Hannah :)

  • Thanks Hannah, I might just do that.

    – Nina Rycroft

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