The original draft of this illustration was for a contest themed on Love. Since it was for an art contest, I figured to forgo my usual drawing style with something else, hence the more Disney-esque feel.
While most of the entries dealt with romantic love, maybe familial love, I went with the love between friends. That simple loving loyalty felt to me like a summer rain, washing the muddy shame from my abuse away. I didn’t win the contest, but that didn’t matter; it felt nice to have made this as a tribute to friendship on the healing journey.