David Whelan - Headcut Illustration by Elizabeth Whelan

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Phil Brown is a colleague of mine at the Law Society and an excellent photographer.  He was kind enough to take my headshot for the book jacket of the second edition of my book.  The photos are black and white and taken during February in front of Osgoode Hall, where the Ontario Courts of Appeal are.  Phil took color photos as well but we both liked the black and white.  I trust Phil’s taste completely; he eats and sleeps photography, and he does amazing work for legal publications and events in Ontario.

I like the poses both equally but I wear glasses and the UV rays caused the tinted lenses to quickly darken.  Mum thinks it looks a bit gangster and she’s probably got a point.  Well, perhaps secret service or mall security or something.

David Whelan in front of Osgoode Hall by Phil Brown

David Whelan in front of Osgoode Hall by Phil Brown

David Whelan in front of Osgoode Hall by Phil Brown

David Whelan in front of Osgoode Hall by Phil Brown

The book will be coming out soon but I have started to use the photos on some of the Web sites where I interact, including my Twitter profile and LinkedIn.

Enter my sister, Elizabeth.  I would recommend visiting her Web site, Elizabeth Whelan Illustrator, to get an idea of the range of things she does.  As her Twitter bio mentions, she illustrates, paints portraits, and herds cows.  Creativity coming out her ears as well as huge business acumen, a true maker.

Unbeknownst to me, she grabbed Phil’s photo and drew this Wall Street Journal-esque headshot.  She explained to me how it was created – and an artist would nod knowingly but it was mostly way over my head and involved a Wacom monitor, stippling, Photoshop layers, and hours of hand drawing – and provided me with a couple of pre-sized JPGs as well as a PSD to fool around with.

David Whelan - Headcut Illustration by Elizabeth Whelan

David Whelan - Headcut Illustration by Elizabeth Whelan

There you have it.  For the foreseeable future, these are likely to appear wherever I am on the Web and where an avatar is required.  Since my hair has already gone gray(ish), I should be able to use these for many years to come!  It’s a real pleasure to have know such talented people and enjoy their creativity.