When this girl drew a hilarious sketch of her girlfriend, she thought it was too good not to share. And so she decided to post it on Twitter. Little did she know, though, just how much people would appreciate her efforts.
Liz Todd and her girlfriend Alexis Semmel are teenage sweethearts. At 19 and 17, respectively, the pair only have eyes for each other. And they do practically everything together.
The pair both live in Delaware, where Semmel often posts about their relationship on her Twitter feed. For example, in one cute update, she posted a series of images of Todd. “She’s truly a blessing every day,” she wrote alongside them, adding the tag #postyourqueen.
But while it’s fair to say the pair are modern girls, they both appreciate a touch of the traditional – especially when it comes to romance. That’s why, in 2017, Semmel purchased a locket online from JCPenney.
Traditionally, people often keep photographs or even a strand of hair in a locket. The idea is to have a memento of a loved one with you at all times. And, usually, the item is enclosed in a pendant at the end of the necklace.
And it’s safe to say that Semmel had similarly sentimental intentions when she ordered her locket. In fact, she planned to insert an image of her beloved Todd within. That way she would always be with her, even when they were apart.
However, not long after she purchased the trinket, Semmel encountered a problem. Try as she might, she just couldn’t find an image of Todd to fit. “It’s really hard to print a picture that small,” she told BuzzFeed later.
And so for a while Semmel’s locket simply hung empty around her neck. However, deep down, she knew that it wasn’t good enough. Eventually, then, she decided to take matters into her own hands.
Lacking a suitable photograph of Todd, Semmel decided to make her own. But rather than take a snap of her beau, she decided to use her artistic talents. And so she sat down with a pencil and got to work drawing.
When Semmel had finished with her masterpiece, she was pretty happy with it. Like Todd, it too had a pair of eyes, a mouth and flowing locks. Unfortunately though, that was pretty much all the drawing and its muse had in common.
But that didn’t stop Semmel sharing her finished product with the world. In fact, she took to Twitter and proudly flaunted her drawing of Todd. “I didn’t have a pic of my girl to put in my lil locket so I just drew her,” she explained alongside a photograph of her sketch in situ.
And despite what some may have called the basic nature of Semmel’s drawing, the piece of art went down a storm. In fact, in a matter of days the post had amassed more than 219,000 likes and 69,000 reshares.
Moreover, masses of people contacted Semmel to give her their honest opinion. At this point, the budding artist probably braced herself for a fair few trolls. However, the comments she received were overwhelmingly positive.
“My god, she’s beautiful,” one commenter said of Semmel’s hand-drawn depiction of Todd. “She’s so pretty,” another agreed. Meanwhile, one admirer simply wrote, “This made my day.”
However, it also emerged that Semmel wasn’t the only person to have had the idea of keeping a drawing inside their locket. “Wait my boyfriend did the same thing. He drew us,” one Twitter user wrote alongside an image of two stick people walking a dog-like figure.
But for those who’d never seen anything like it, Semmel’s locket proved to be a great inspiration. And so following her lead, one man drew a stick figure of his girlfriend, dressed in a dress and a hair bow. “[I’ve] got mine as a lock screen,” he tweeted.
And he wasn’t the only one influenced by Semmel’s artistic endeavors. In fact, it seemed the trend was now traveling far beyond lockets. One man even started carrying a hand-drawn image of his other half around in his wallet.
But most importantly, Todd gave her girlfriend’s drawing her blessing. Semmel had first revealed the image to her via text message. And her reply said it all. “Baby, I love you so much,” she wrote back, alongside a stream of crying emojis.
Later, she also approved Semmel’s efforts in an interview with BuzzFeed. Moreover, she said her girlfriend had managed to capture her looks perfectly. “She did so good,” Todd said. “She did good on my hair and my face. I always have a straight face.”
And so that’s how Semmel’s simple gesture not only became an internet sensation but also made her girlfriend happy. And the response she got online also put a smile on her face. “I just thought that it was really sweet. It’s like spreading love in a way,” she told BuzzFeed.