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Instead of traditional construction paper silhouettes, North Van moms Mary Shaughnessy and Stephanie Jordan wanted something a bit more modern to commemorate their sons’ graduation ceremony.
So they decided to change everyday photos of the students into stunning “Warhol-style” art.
Hanging on the wall in the gym, the portraits were a huge success and the moms quickly started their fledgling company, Pixellated Portraits, in June last year.
Besides their sons’ group, they’ve done four class orders, including three from North Vancouver elementary schools — Blueridge, Montroyal and Cleveland.
“Certain kids you just know, ‘She’s an orange or he’s a blue,’” explains Shaughnessy about how she picks each student’s neon colours. “Some kids are more challenging to do. There’s always a couple in each class but we haven’t quite figured out why.”
Shaughnessy and Jordan take the photos themselves, then process them in Photoshop by adding colours and playing around with the arrangement and finally have them mounted onto hard foam core. Most of her orders have been for graduating Grade 7 classes but one school in Kitsilano had them done as Father’s Day presents.
“The impact of the portraits in the gymnasium and the surprise when the students and parents saw them made our volunteer efforts well worth it,” says the budding entrepreneur, adding this initial positive feedback sparked the idea for Pixellated Portraits, which cost around $40 each.
While the idea of creating Warhol-style portraits in Photoshop isn’t new, she says, Pixellated Portraits look better and take more time to create because the colours are added by hand.
“Our goal is to continue increasing the number of schools we get as clients, and to create a market beyond schools, for special occasions such as birthdays, retirements and Christmas,” she says.
For more information, pixellatedportraits.wix.com/pixp.