If you’re a regular reader of my blog, you might have read my full-length story, Once Upon a Time in Canada. Telling the life story of 13-year-old Pictou Denoon, along with his resilient parents Port Hawkesbury Birchwood and Stellarton Bridges-Drummond, the novel also focuses on how Pictou overcomes his troubles surrounding his bladder condition and the bullying that unfortunately comes with it.
Since I talk about the Denoon family quite a lot but I didn’t really properly introduce them on this blog, I’m now going to do it here. The drawing above was the first one I drew of them all together, though I did draw solitary sketches of Pictou and Port Hawkesbury the previous year.
The Denoon family’s only son. At 13 years old, he has just about started his teenage years, yet he struggles with a condition most would have grown out of in early childhood. As a result, he has been plagued with bullying, embarrassment and low self-esteem throughout much of his young life. But he is trying to turn all that around by dreaming of becoming a cook, thus giving him a purpose and something to work towards.
Pictou’s long-suffering mother. Much of her time is spent caring for her young son, including changing his wet pants and teaching him to stand up for himself against bullies. She can be easily upset by the tiniest thing, usually if it’s about Pictou. She cares a lot for her son and husband Stellarton, who acts as her anchor.
Pictou’s father and Port Hawkesbury’s husband. He is more of a monitor for Pictou, watching over him closely and taking notes at every moment. He is the anchor to Port Hawkesbury, comforting her and occasionally helping with his son’s upbringing. He cares for them both.
After drawing this artwork, I’ve made it a sort of ‘tradition’ of mine to re-draw the Denoon family portrait every year, with my art style changing each time. These are all the versions I’ve drawn to date, which will be updated with every new iteration (due to my increasing use of Letraset Winsor & Newton markers and graphic pens, the next version of the Denoon family portrait will be drawn and coloured using those):