I was inspired by this picture that Pics Can Fly took of them:
BUT, the problems were manifold:
- The only coloured stuff I've done are fashion sketches and concepts. Not illustrations.
- It's been about five or six years since I last drew properly. Apart from about five sketches sneakily done in class last December, and a card I illustrated for D in June, I was getting worried I had lost my drawing mojo. Two weeks ago, I attempted to sketch something. And nearly fainted. So I tore the paper up.
- The only digital alterations I've ever done to artwork were nudes. And that's just simple smudges and shadows. Also done a few years ago.
- I have absolutely no art materials with me in Brighton save for a few pencils and two or three markers. In August '09 as I filled my last box to ship with Seven Seas, I was torn between books I loved and my art materials. Eventually, the books won. I thought I'd collect them back in April, but there was no space in my luggage.
- As you can guess, I know some basic Photoshop skills with which I do my collages. Probably back when I was 14, my secondary school sat us through about three hours of lessons in that, and I simply pick on what I remember from half-listening. But when it comes to the editing of features, I am absolutely clueless. Plus I have Premature Parkison's a.k.a. shaky hands.
- It was snowing so I couldn't go out to get watercolour pencils and chalk pastels.
- I can't draw hands to save my life. And out of all the stuff I've sketched or illustrated, there's only been three males. It's a 1:1000000 ratio here. Severely underpracticed.
So with a piece of paper and a 10-for-£1 gel-based blue pen from Poundland (because pens are SO expensive in the UK), I hastily began sketching. . hoping that my preliminary round would not kill me. I started filling in details. There were loads of construction lines but I wanted the look to be a tad raw. .and one and a half hours later (really impressive for a hyper-hyperactive soul like myself) I decided, "Oh maybe I don't want to resketch this! I like this!". D had fallen asleep on the couch downstairs after our usual Stargate SG-1 Marathon (LOVE that show!*) so I didn't fancy waking him up scanning the sketch, so I took a photo with my iPhone (!!), mailed it to myself and plugged it into Photoshop. About eight hours in total and forty layers of linear burns, dodges, smudging and opacity tweaks in different shades, nuances, and hues later, voila. . my card was created. From scratch! So happy that after creating my waxwork bottles and this, I might be finding my Creationist** Mojo back.
*Even if he keeps (happily) telling me it is extremely abnormal for a woman to be so excited about the show. "Shut up and tell yourself you're sooo lucky" I tell him. "I am", he says. Lol.
**Yesh I know what "Creationist" really means.
So MQ is dressed here in a PinUp Princess style, in a deep shocking pink halter-neck polka-dotted dress with a hidden crinoline. The waist is nipped with a plush velvet sash in gradations of Prussian blue and deep purple, whilst a hemline of a similar colour mimics that of a carpet fringe for a slightly 20 Swing look. For WL, I drew him in a Naive Art sort of style, drawing inspiration from Camille Bombois (also evident in MQ's blush), and added some red strip detail to his collar and cuffs, and to add a touch of smartness, I threw in a cufflink. And towards the end I realised she does look a bit like Megan Fox here, but I guess no one's complaining. For the background, I selected and cropped part of a photograph of a rose garden, and applied 'watercolour' effect onto it. Resized the pictures, made them card-sized and wrote my message inside. Then I took a deep breath and sent it to her. And. . she was so excited, telling me she loves it!
So yesh, my dear Cousin. . may you have a happy, stress-free wedding and here's to a momentous, intense, fascinating, interesting and amazing new chapter of your lives together!!