For most artists, you’ve got to pay them if you want to own a piece of their work. But illustrator and art director Terence Eduarte will create a portrait of you for free—with one caveat. In exchange for a stylish digital image of yourself, you’ve got to let Eduarte in on one of your secrets. It’s part of his 100 day project aptly called 100 Days of Secrets, and it has his friends and total strangers spilling “silly secrets and unexpected confessions” to him.
Each of Eduarte’s illustrations are done with respect of privacy to his subjects. The images are colorful yet vague, and they never reveal the defining features of someone’s face. Sometimes, the folks hold an animal or are wearing glasses, but that’s about as specific as Eduarte is willing to get. And, it’s easy to see why; some of the secrets are incredibly sad—like the person who confessed, “Half of my friends are people I wish I never met.”
Others are less tragic, and they reflect just how much social media rules our lives: “I don't like the taste of coffee,” a woman tells Eduarte. “I can't even stand hot coffee. But sometimes I buy it anyway just so I can take a picture of it.”