Patrick LaMontagne, who creates the twice-weekly cartoons for The TIMES editorial pages, has a few famous fans Emilio Estevez and his father Martin Sheen.
LaMontagne is a digital painter and commercial illustrator in addition to being a cartoonist, and recently created a digital painting of Sheen in his role as Tom in the movie The Way.
Estevez wrote and directed the movie, and LaMontagne tagged him on Twitter after making the digital painting of Sheen.
LaMontagne didnt expect a reply and was surprised when within hours Estevez emailed him and asked to buy a print.
A while later, his mother asked if she could buy the original however, because it was a digital painting, there really is no original in the traditional sense, LaMontagne explained in a blog post about the painting.
However, he shipped off a print with documentation saying it was the original print, after refining it for a month.
LaMontagne said he makes a good living from his commercial work and this painting was a break.
The whole point was to get away from everything being about money and marketing, if only for a moment, he posted in his blog.
When Estevez asked for a price, LaMontagne decided only to charge the printing and shipping costs.
LaMontagne has requested a signed photo of Estevez and Sheen with the photo, which he plans to reserve for a charity auction. However, he plans to be very picky about the cause he chooses.
I created this portrait for me, to remind myself why I paint, and since I truly enjoyed working on it, that was enough, LaMontagne blogged. But to have it appreciated by [Sheens] family, was a wonderful and unexpected bonus, not to mention a validation of my recent choices.
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