I just completed this custom illustration for a couple to use at the bottom of their photobooth strip photos. They are getting married this summer at The 1909 in California.
Because this project was on the simpler side, I thought it would be a good change to show a behind-the-scenes look at the design process, and how the piece evolved from first sketch to final product.
Jessica first approached me on Etsy to ask for an illustration of the wedding venue, which included a house, amphitheatre, and meadow, with calligraphy text below. We talked about sizing and colors, and she sent me some pictures of the venue.
A few days later, I sent her the first sketch:
We jointly decided to get rid of the amphitheatre part of the sketch - it was hard to tell what it was and looked awkward. I also moved the meadow to the right side of the house, and Jessica found two fonts she decided to use instead of hand-drawn calligraphy. Those changes resulted in the following second sketch:
We both liked the layout of this one better, so I made the final ink version. On this one, I changed "Topanga, California" to the calligraphy font, and worked on kerning and leading (spacing the letters, words, and lines) to make the text look balanced and finished. That resulted in this final, third version:
Then, all I had to do was apply a clipping mask with a gold foil texture to get the final design to look like it was done in gold foil.
That's it! The whole process took about a week, and about twenty five emails, which is pretty standard. There's a lot of back and forth with all my clients to make sure everything turns out perfectly!
Jessica left a very kind review on my Etsy shop:
"Gorgeous illustration of our wedding reception venue!!! I can't wait to see them on the photo booth prints!! So happy of how it turned out!!"
I also can't wait to see how they look on the photobooth prints! Hopefully we will get to see some pictures, and I can post an update later!