I turned 26 on July 14 and had such a wonderful day. Friday birthdays are always the best! Between a visit to the movies to see Despicable Me 3 and a delicious Mexican dinner and margarita at Brooklyn's Gran Electrica, one of my favorite birthday surprises came from my good friend Luis Moreno.
Not only is Luis one of the kindest people you will ever meet, he is also a super talented artist! He can take a photograph of someone and use it to create a colorful and adorable animé-inspired portrait. Luis has created portraits of everyone from professional wrestlers to K-Pop artists, and I've always told him that one day I'd love a portrait of myself drawn by him. Much to my surprise, Luis did just that and sent it to me the day after my birthday. To see the way he imagined me as a cartoon character is so fun! I think he's captured my spirit - what do you guys think?!
It has made me so happy to watch Luis' artwork take off in the way that it has. You can check out his work on Instagram @morenoartwork - and if you want a custom portrait of your own, you can contact him on his Etsy page. Thank you, Luis, for making my day with this adorable surprise!
My name is Abby Formella and I'm a 26 year-old working girl living in the lovely borough of Brooklyn, New York.