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Me by Mickey by uncle-bilbo Me by Mickey by uncle-bilbo
Well, the story begins like this. I’m mistaken for a girl on a somewhat regular basis, usually from behind and/or a distance. Well, the other day I had gone to the office supply store with Mickey when the clerk told her how much she looks like her ‘mother’ (this might be confusing to some - I’m a boy, Mickey is a girl) I think she must have been badly traumatized by the event, since she can’t think about it without laughing even yet.

Anyway, it appealed to her sense of humor to celebrate the event with a special ‘Father’s Day’portrait. She worked long and hard on this - she’s been experimenting for the past year with the copy of Creative Suite 5 I gave her when I upgraded, and I think she’s completed the DVD tutorial. Based directly on a rather wind-blown photograph. And my hair really is that unruly. Ubiquitous black warm-up suit - I wear black a lot, just not for any actual reason. I’m just like a Cherokee Ninja! Ubiquitous bare feet not visible.

Useless Technical information: I was once told that I have something called paedogenesis, although I’m not sure if I remember the term correctly. Paedogenesis describes when a new species or sub-species retains as adults characteristics seen in the young of its parent species, and I’m not sure it applies to random individuals. I do remember that, whatever it is, it is most common in Asians and especially Native Americans. The short answer is that I’m just one of those people who always look much younger than their actual age. Just a coincidence that I’m called Bilbo, mind you!

Useless Historical Information: I worked my way through college, from day one of my freshman year through a Master’s Degree, as an artist’s model. The instructor in charge of models used to tell me things like ‘You look just like a little brown elf!’ I am 5'7 (170 centimeters) btw. I realized some time later that I had only just turned 15 when I started to college and probably should not have been doing that
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Fevley Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2014  Professional General Artist
You look fifteen here : D Mickey has great control over her lines, tell her she did an awesome job.
uncle-bilbo Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2014
She worked on this for over a week, experimenting with both the lines and the shading. I told her when she first started that the easiest way to learn in to work in small, easily-corrected pieces in lots of layers and to double her resolution and then size down at the end. She also has a lot of my retired equipment, my older Wacom Cintiq and my previous 64 bit dual-processor Zenon workstation, so she can be extravagant with memory-intensive software and open files. And as you might suspect, she is a fanatical over-achiever in all things she attempts.

I’m sure that I don’t look quite this young, although I’ll admit that I look like I’m in my early to mid 20's. I haven’t wanted to question her, but I’m fairly sure that the ‘inside joke’ was that she was trying to make me look a little more girlish that I real am.
Fevley Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2014  Professional General Artist
It's really cute how you will take every opportunity to brag about her :}
uncle-bilbo Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2014
Ah, well. It doesn’t seem like that long ago that I was living the life of a devout bachelor and couldn’t imagine that ever changing!

In regards to having a new one on the way, Rabbi Bob had the most interesting comment. ‘You know, if this next one is a perfectly normal, average person, no one in your house will have the slightest idea what to do with her.’ The scary thing is, that’s perfectly true!
Fevley Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2014  Professional General Artist
Its going to be hard being "normal" or "average" when your parents tackle wild animals. Don't worry about it anyway; I'm the second of four and the most average of us is a soccer star that earns medals for sportsmanship and is going into advertising so she can use her phenomenally intuitive photography skills. I'm sure you'll be baffled by her new interpretation of extraordinary :}
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