This is my second wedding portrait that I’ve done (here’s the first). It’s for my good friends, Carolyn Moir and Brad Choate, who I’ve come to know very well in the past 2 years, through Halloween parties and a forever-long Dungeons and Dragons campaign, and we have become extremely close. They are both fascinating people (which is an understatement!) and I would love to go on and on about them, but I probably shouldn’t.
UPDATE!! This (below) is what it looks like now, after many minor modifications! I darkened the shadows of them, fixed Brad‘s eyes, enhanced the shadows on the folds of Carolyn‘s dupatta, made the building and its reflection bolder, and modified the tartan.
This was challenging because, unlike in Patricia and Elias’s portrait, I wanted to paint the couple in their full wedding outfits. Brad’s actually isn’t the wedding outfit, because when I did the photo shoot he didn’t have it yet, but he wore something similar. His wedding kilt will have the MacCallum Modern tartan, which I painted as the bottom border. (It was HARD. I never understand people who say they “can’t draw a straight line” when they mean they have no artistic talent. I can do a lot, but I have NEVER been able to draw a straight line!) The left side border is a stylized version of Carolyn’s wedding lehenga border.
The wedding will blend Hindu and Western traditions, as Carolyn, the bride, blogs about here- and the rest of her blog is intensely interesting too. Check it out! I decided that I wanted the portrait to reflect both Carolyn’s Hinduism and devotion to Indian culture and Brad’s Scottish heritage. I had trouble deciding what building to have silhouetted on the island in the background- but eventually I decided just to invent a beautiful building that was nonspecific to any culture or period of history.
I took TONS of photos of the couple in their fancy dress, and in the end, I didn’t just choose one photo as a reference for the drawing. There was one, where I liked the pose a lot but they looked serious instead of smiling. There was another, where the blocking of the pose was less appealing but they were holding hands in a way that I thought was adorable. And then there was yet another, where their smiles were natural and perfect. I blended all three of these to create the sketch of them.
In addition to the wedding portrait, I also have the honor of doing Carolyn’s mehndi (bridal henna). Since I am nowhere near professional, I have been practicing! (More of my designs are viewable in the Behance project, here.)