Finally getting to show you all a wedding portrait I recently handed over. It has been a while in the making! Some pieces take longer than others and because this drawing was so different in terms of its original concept it took time to get the composition right and of course because it was a portrait, getting the likeness and character of the people is important. Portraits can be difficult! The least little mark or shading may not go in your favour!! It takes time and perseverance, I am growing to appreciate this more and more.
This drawing was something very different and gave me the opportunity to create a very unique composition that was personal to the couple who were to be gifted it. It is one of my biggest commissions to date and I am so very grateful and excited by it x
When you give a gift that has such personal meaning behind it it can be hard to know what to decide on or indeed where to start. I always encourage anyone I chat with to tell me about all of their ideas, no matter how strange or wacky they may seem! I ask questions, listen and jot things down. Ideas are thrown together and I request photos or images too whether it is the photo or photos Ill be working from or images they may have come across. As mentioned in a previous post some ideas can be funny, some have a story behind them and some can be sad or it could just be a case of this is exactly what I want! Some people have no idea where to start!! That's where I help too x
To get the ball rolling on this drawing (and most drawings or paintings) planning is key. Jotting down ideas, sketching and researching further to truly understand and to get in the "Zone".
Below are some pics of my sketchbook... Here I am sketching and writing, adding colour and sometimes different materials. (I have blocked out some of the information written down just to keep any personal info shared with me confidential).
The theme or ideas for this piece were quite spiritual and need a lot of thought and research ...
Some images I came across during my research that got me thinking of compositions and visuals below
A journey, a path, transformation, spirituality, Self, wholeness and exploration, just some of the words that transpired from chatting to Brendan who along with other family memders commissioned this piece, a gift to their brother and future sister-in-law
On researching and teasing out ideas sketches were created and decisions were made. The sketches below were created before I had seen the wedding photos or photos of the couple and therefore took on an abstract finish while always thinking of layout and content. The final piece was to be created after the wedding which is something I have done before.
After seeing the wedding photos, I drew quick sketches to see how the portrait of the couple would fit into the initial composition . I knew some elements would change from the preliminary sketches.
Once Brendan was happy to go ahead with what I had in mind it was time to get it done!! Measuring and constantly looking at the photo as I pencil in each mark on the paper ...
Lots of layering, shading and adding tones ...
Really enjoyed drawing the hands!
Brendan had a quote taken from a piece of writing that he wanted to include. I have done script writing in other pieces and was delighted to do some more. I researched some wedding fonts I thought would be appropriate ...
Loved doing this and also added some gold to tie in with the gold triangle
When I know I'm almost finished a piece I get too excited and often times find it hard to concentrate. Sometimes with a piece it can be a struggle to know when to stop and when it's finished. That's when I know that I need to not look at it for a few days and come back to it with a fresh pair of eyes. It will then either be finished or it might need a final touch to bring it together. This drawing needed just that, something to bring it together and then it was done x
This is the photo I chose to work from and the result is the final piece ...
A simple, champagne coloured frame was chosen and I am excited to say that the couple were absolutely delighted with their gift.
Thank you for taking the time to read this blog,
Art and creativity is in my heart! Always dreaming ...