ABOUT THIS PROJECT
My name is Xinyi Christine Zhang, and I started The Portraits of the Brave Project. Being 15, I can't really do much during the coronavirus pandemic to help out. Instead, I decided to honor those who have lost their lives on the front lines of this pandemic by drawing memorials free of charge. These heroes possess the courage that many can only aspire to have, and they truly deserve it--this pandemic has left its mark in history, and these heroes should be remembered as a shining light during these dark times.
This project is not limited to COVID-19. However, I am focusing on front line workers currently. Memorials can be drawn for any heroes in our society, such as war veterans or firefighters. A beautiful portrait does not have to be bought with thousands of dollars. In my memorial drawings, a low-quality reference image can be turned to high-quality portraits, with added splashes of vibrant, unique colors that truly bring the picture to life. A memorial can bring much sentimental value and warmth into a family, and it can capture snippets of happiness that a photo simply cannot.
I am only doing digital art portraits for now, but I am planning on opening up paper and painting versions in the near future. However, there are many advantages of digital portraits! Its use is very versatile (families can print and frame it, send them to relatives, etc.), and it will be high quality and more colorful!
One of my main concerns right now is that these memorials may not be able to reach their family members. On the "Completed Works" page, works that have not yet reached their families are marked with an asterisk. If you happen to know the family, please share this website with them!