I hope you’ve all been enjoying the holiday season and had a very Merry Christmas if you celebrate. I know I certainly did! Now that Christmas is behind us, I can (finally) start sharing the paintings that were Christmas gifts for various people.
My best friend Shelby’s brother got married recently, so as a Christmas gift for her new sister-in-law, Shelby asked me to do a painting to commemorate their wedding. I was more than thrilled to take this on, although I will admit that I was a little hesitant since I don’t usually paint people, unless they’re very abstract. I knew it was important that the bride and groom look recognizable, so I figured it would be a good challenge. Shelby e-mailed me at least 20-30 photographs from the wedding so that I had an idea of the venue and of course all the people involved. We decided on a scene from their first dance, with all the immediate family members in the background.
I started by painting a rough background of the venue, which was inside a tent.
Then I added some details to the tent, such as the banners and windows.
Next, I added a first sketch of Scott and Heather.
Then I gave them some skin. How considerate of me.
Then I started adding the families in the background. I started with a rough sketch of the Mussers.
Then starting adding Heather’s family.
I worked on these 9 people for awhile, slowly building them up. I also wanted to add some of the décor from the wedding, such as a really neat table made out of barrels, as well as show the centerpieces, and a normal table.
And finally, the finished product:
And again, the finished painting.
Congratulations Scott and Heather! I hope you two have a wonderful life together. This was a joy to paint for you two, and I hope you enjoy it 🙂