I'm happier sketching than taking photographs, though after I got most of my fast, rough pencil sketches done, I DID manage a few photos, and youngest godchild Nora let me work from a couple of the great pics she shot...the sketches were mostly quick, unfinished gesture sketches that I intended to add color to when I got home, and I wish I'd scanned THAT stage.
|You can see the pencil sketches on this page, still partly unpainted, and the beginning washes (except Bonnie, who was almost finished here...I had to work from a photo I took of her, because I was too far back to sketch.)|
|Here's the second spread, partly finished, with Celtic knots since they exchanged silver knot pendants...I tried to keep the washes simple and fresh, as much as possible.|
Munchkins Max, Miriya, and Finn ran around like mad things after the wedding--all that pent--up energy! So I cut a footprint stamp from an old eraser to represent their romps. You can see I've added more detail here...
|Footprints and details on this page, too...and you can see Max running madly between the two sketches of middle godchild Rachel in her cool striped dress.|
|And finally got the nerve to add the lettering! I decided this page could be a bit less busy (ya THINK??) so let some of the figures be ink or only partly painted. I like it...I think!|
And of course I wasn't able to sketch an 8th of the people there--in a case like this we just have to concentrate on what we're closest to, what catches the eye or tells a story--as well as who stays still for 5 seconds!! (Happily I wasn't getting paid to record the wedding, or the bride's family might have been seriously miffed! That's Bonnie's sweet mama and her brother manning the food table at upper right. But of course I only managed to capture one of Aaron's sisters (twice!)...he has four.
They're not the BEST designed pages I ever did--they're awfully busy and crowded--but they DO recall the happy chaos of the event!
The more peaceful, contemplative bits were done from the window of our trailer in the early morning, before the merry-go-round started up!