My mother's birthday was about 10 minutes ago, but I hope she doesn't mind... :) I wanted to draw something special for her, but for some reason when I set out to draw something good it never turns out that way. This sketch is based on a beautiful photo of my mother as a young girl performing rhythmic gymnastics back in the Soviet Union. Its really amazing- you think you know your parent, and then they start a blog and you realize there are dozens of stories you never knew, even important ones of how the family came to be in America. Every entry makes me tear up. So Happy Birthday Mom- I am so lucky to have such an amazing mother.