Photoshopping Artist Does Amazing Things To Help Severely Ill Children
Every child has a dream. What's more heart-breaking is the realisation that not every child will be able to achieve that dream.
Whether through a freak moment, or illness, children may not live to see their full potential.
We recently saw the great efforts of Comic Relief trying to assist those at home and abroad.
Ed Sheeran has saved some Liberian street boys, who he met whilst filming for the fundraiser - one of whom dreamt of becoming president.
Take That reunited with James Corden for a special Carpool Karaoke to raise awareness whilst putting a smile on our face. Each moment, has a purpose for the younger in our society.
But now, a talented digital artist from Melbourne, Australia, is doing her best to help children's dreams come true.
Whether it's being a world-class basketballer, or meeting Peter Pan, Karen Alsop is using photoshop to the highest levels to create smiles all round.
Tahliyah, suffers from a mystery illness which keeps her confined to a wheelchair, unable to speak, walk or even hold herself upright. Her mum, Jacqui, met the artist at a HeART Project last year.
Karen has created a beautiful scene with the young girl, entitled 'Heart of a Lion' which shows her at one with nature.
The artist then helped six-year-old Sienna, a triplet who was born with cerebral palsy, autism and epilepsy - while her brother and sister, Harry and Grace, were free of complications.
Karen's work here shows the girl flying freely, alongside her brother and sister, reminiscent of J.M Barrie's Peter Pan.
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Then there's Joshua. He dreams of being an NBA star. No problem! Karen has photoshopped him along with his 'superhero' helper dog, Jess, slam-dunking in true Michael Jordan style.
It brings not only a glowing grin to those involved, but also to those who see the images too.
"Jacqui shared with me her desire to have me create an image of her daughter, Tayliah, freeing from her physical limitations," Karen said.
"For Sienna and Joshua's project we reached out to the community. There was a flood of interest in what we were doing and it was so hard to choose just two."
Her work takes on average between 10 and 20 hours in post-production alone, but it is worth every moment.
"I love the whole process, though," Karen added. "Hours can drift by very quickly."
And it's the result that pleases her the most.
"They [the families] have no idea what to expect," she said. "And when they see their child or themselves free and joyous in picture form, it is extremely moving.
"Most often the response is 'wow' followed by speechlessness and tears. It brings me joy to see the impact my work makes on these families.
"Many of the children we've worked with are unable to verbally communicate. But they have still reacted with happiness and understanding."
Karen now wants to expand the HeART Project, realising that each time they reach out they are inundated with requests to help a child.
The work is absolutely amazing, and long may it continue.
Featured Image Credit: Caters