This next piece is an illustration of kiss. Here, it has two meanings. Our infatuated love birds are headed for that very outcome, and also, it’s an exercise in the acronym K.I.S.S – Keep It Simple Stupid.
Not exactly sure where I picked up this jewel of wisdom, if I were pressed, I’d say “ow,” and then “probably college”. It’s one of the many hard lessons I’ve had to learn as an artist, along with ‘trust the process’. I’m a detail girl. I like things that are lush and festooned with minutia, and I’m also incredibly impatient, so my first plan of attack on a new piece is usually what-is-the-smallest-bit-o-detail-that-I-want-to-skip-to-first. In this case, it was hair flowers. I’ll admit I was one of those females that had their wedding planned in their mind for years, and in my closest under the Glamour magazines were sneaky guilty pleasures like Modern Bride. Well, among other things, I knew I wanted flowers in my hair for our wedding, so in my art world where I play creative god, it only made sense that my drawn bride wanted the same. So I started with flowers, then went on to some elaborate earrings, accessories, a coiffed do, oh yea, I suppose I’ll need faces (you can see where I waste a lot of time in the process)… and I ended up with a rather darling sketch like this:
Adorable? Yes. Grown up and sophisticated? Now there’s some room for rebuttal. Enter the fresh perspective, my Hubs. I usually bounce new and in-the-works stuff (feel lucky readers, I loathe sharing in-progress or unfinished pieces, he’s usually the only one privy) off my dear Hubs and here it is in black and white – he was right – when he said a simpler design would be more universally appealing, and the key equation is: appeal = $. I’m selling the design below to lucky brides and fairy-tale-faithfuls everywhere (in the Tangibles link – check it out!!) so the hope is for mass appeal.
In addition to always spelling the word incorrectly, silhouettes are also a fancy of mine. Slap on a proverbial back light and these two wed-ibles become shadows of the cartoons they once were- but in a good way! Add a dash of vintage texture and you’ve got a vignette fit for a prince and princess or a modern couple with the glorious kindness to support a free lance artist?
Experience this piece as cards, stamps and stickers for all your happily-ever-after-to-be needs:
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