Good friends are one of the greatest blessings. Lately I have been experimenting with portraits of people I’m close to, which provides its own set of challenges. You have to be willing to push away the perfectionist need for 100 percent accuracy and simply let the image be a likeness.


For this photo, my only tools were a mechanical pencil, a blending stump, and a kneaded eraser. I strove to keep everything soft, because the human face rarely has hard lines. Using both my thumb and the blending stump, I let the lines in the hair flow as they wished and maintained a smooth, even texture for the skin.


One of my favorite biblical friendships is the relationship between David and Jonathan in 1 Samuel. Deep friendships are definitely a gift from God. I am so glad I was able to capture the likeness of my dear friend, Hannah, and have the ability to share it with you.

Christine Eaton is a student attending Providence Christian College in Pasadena, California who loves stories and art. She can usually be found happily sipping tea, memorizing lines from the latest play she is in, caving into her chocolate addiction, writing encouraging snail mail, or listening to music. Art is one of her largest passions, and her walls are covered in her sketches and paintings. She yearns to use her skills to glorify God by illustrating and writing her own children’s books that will teach children more about Jesus.

Christine is excited to be a part of Story Embers and heading the art department. She enjoys meeting new people, so feel free to shoot her an email at if you have questions about the art department or just want to make a friend.

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