I was super excited to get a private commission last month for a custom wedding illustration. In the midst of my own wedding planning, love is definitely in the air and on my brain—so I was in the right mindset!
I was contacted by the couple after they saw this piece I created for a friend last year. They described themselves as “explorers” and each other’s “navigators and co-pilots” with “an unhealthy inclination to sweets”. I immediately fell in love with them, and was totally on board to create something special for their big day! This was to be used as an opening page of the guest book at their wedding, later to become a journal of sorts to document future important moments and celebrations in their lives together. I drew inspiration from vintage flying machines and a candy-colored palette to create a whimsical image that felt just right for them—and they loved it!
I loved creating this—the themes were right up my alley! Plus, because most of my work is a combination of traditional and digital media, I loved getting back to full-on painting. Wishing many many years of love and happiness to this very “sweet” couple!
In my nearly 10 years of living in New York City, Autumn has become my favorite season. The slight chill on a sunny day, the crisp evening air, and the bustling people out and about fills my whole heart with excitement—almost like I am seeing the city with fresh eyes each September. I created this little image as a new promotional piece for my Facebook artist page, and as an opportunity to experiment a bit with technique. I played with watercolor and gouache washes with my line work, and old linocuts to overprint the leaves. The hand-lettered text come from the lyrics to one of my favorite Billie Holiday songs—a classic, celebrating this amazing time of year.
A dear friend of mine got married last weekend, and I created a custom wedding illustration as a gift.
I’ve been experimenting a bit—getting back to combining more traditional mediums, like watercolor & gouache, with my linework.
Here’s a few shots of the process:
Rough sketchbook drawing
Sketch transfer to Canson Cold Press Acrylic paper
Color blocking with gouache
Work-in-Progress with metallic gold accents added
Final painting with inked line
Framed for gift-giving (the happy couple loved it!)