For Christmas I created an illustrated calendar for my stepfather, Bill. Each month features either a favorite article of clothing, snack, or quote. I titled it "The Essentials of Bill" because these things are often how I remember him by and take a personality of their own.
This is one of my favorite projects thus far. Without Bill knowing, my mom and I discussed which items I should illustrate, while she covertly sent photographs of said items. Perhaps the secrecy is what made the project so enjoyable.
For my process, I used pen and watercolor, scanned the illustrations, and created a spiral-bound calendar.