A few weeks ago the team at Photobox asked me if I’d be interested in getting Theo to use his artistic skills to draw a portrait of his Daddy to put on one of their products as a Father’s Day gift. Although I thought it was a lovely idea, my initial reply said that I wasn’t entirely sure he’d be up to the job! At three and a half his drawings tend to be rather abstract, but it turns out I had under-estimated him!
When we actually put some time aside to sit down together, with a photo of Daddy as a guide and Mummy to give him a little bit of steering (“Draw a circle for Daddies face”) he managed to create something that really did resemble a human face (you can decide for yourself whether or not it ressembled Daddy!)
Of course he is still a little impetuous with the felt-tip pens, so after he’d created his two masterpieces, I scanned them in to the computer and did a little bit of tidying up… mainly removing the red scarf that Daddy had decided to wear across his nose and the pencil guidelines I gave him for the size of the iPad cover we were aiming for. Stupidly I hadn’t prepared myself with a set of washable felt-tips, so the ones he used are actually permanent pro markers, but we escaped relatively unscathed!
Once we uploaded them to the Photobox site we were also able to add some text overlay and pick our products. We chose a folding iPad cover which fitted with Jim’s existing iPad back and an iPhone case. Jim says he already gets sympathetic looks on the train as the back of his iPad is covered in stickers, so we thought embellishing the front would really complete the look!
A few days later our creations arrived…
Theo and I thought they were great, but the real test was to see what Daddy thought of them!? Although Fathers Day isn’t until June 21st, we decided to give these to him early. Would they be a 5 minute novelty or would he actually like them as much as we did?
I am pleased to say he loved them and has been using them ever since. We had such fun creating them and it’s lovely that Theo was able to be properly involved in making a gift for his Daddy. This might well be the beginning of an annual tradition. What can we personalise next?