For my first two kids I illustrated a triptych for each based on photos of them as newborns, 6 month olds, and 1 year olds. I wrote a poem for them to express how proud they made me feel. At the time (9 and 7 years ago) I wasn't familiar with Photoshop, so I drew them by hand with graphite pencils. I finally found time recently to create the portrait for my youngest son, this time I used the computer to speed up the process and make the text portion less cumbersome. Here's how it turned out.