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Dancing at Dawn

This past week I was able to work on a fashion illustration of a beautiful couple.  This was a commissioned piece for someone who gave this to them for their wedding shower. The person who commissioned this from me showed me some different photos that I could work from and this one grabbed my eye immediately.  It was full of love and light, and I knew this was the one that I wanted to use as reference.

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The sunlight peeking through the trees in the background inspired me to make the circular design behind her into a watercolor sun.  I also added some watercolor grass to ground them, tie them together, and add some more color. Of course, I added touches of gold to it which is always my favorite part. I think this was such a unique and thoughtful gift to give this couple and I love that they will have a piece of art commemorating the beginning of their lives together.  

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"Dancing at Dawn" 8X10

"Dancing at Dawn" 8X10

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"I always wished this photo from the night Gary proposed in London was more... well, pretty. Knowing Tara's unique style and that she was born in England, I showed it to her and asked if she could turn it into something prettier."- Audrey Wallace

And then I went to work.  I began by doing a sketch of the London Eye accompanied by various Art Nouveau inspired designs against a backdrop of the London skyline.  This was one of the most important steps in completing this piece because a good composition and plan set in place at the beginning helps eliminate a lot of problem solving along the way.  

Here is where I laid on the first wash of paint.  I painted a few layers for the sky grading from dark to light toward the horizon.  

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Then I added the warm sunset glow...

I continued downward adding water.  After the water was done, I began the London sky line giving some depth with varying shades of silhouettes and sizes of buildings.  Some say at this stage it looks like the scene of something out of Mary Poppins.

This part was fun... adding the twinkling lights was like putting the cherry on the top of the skyline.  The city all of the sudden looked alive and inviting.

I then added the lovely couple.  Floating on the water, but not for long.

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And now we have two peas in a pod.

I brought the Union Jack into my Art Nouveau inspired designs and used the sunset as my inspiration for colors.

Here is the finished result.

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