This was my first-ever attempt at painting people that I know, so it was a little nerve-wracking! It's one thing to paint cartoon characters, who are not real people who might look at something and think "why did you give me such wide eyes? Do you think I am a shark? Am I supposed to be smiling or smirking? And are you saying my shoes are ugly?" See? It makes you nervous!
Fortunately, Shannon is an artist and crafter herself and can appreciate the thought and the gesture and doesn't get bent out of shape if her eyes are painted uneven! :)