Earlier this year I was asked by two of our very close friends to design their wedding invitations. I had a blast creating our own wedding invitations a few years back, so of course I said yes! They asked for their dog, Millie, to be included, as well as some sheep and something about "herding the guests". Their colours were sage green, violet, white, with hints of yellow. After I got a better idea as to what exactly they wanted, I got to work!
First step : preliminary sketches. This part in any project is always my favourite because it gives me a chance to whip out my favourite medium (ink) and start brain dumping all my ideas onto paper. I collected some reference material and started sketching away!
Lots and lots of sheep bums!
I had the idea of dressing the sheep in dapper hats, ties and accessories, but eventually decided against this. Would have been cute, though! Maybe not for a wedding invitation?
After accumulating pages amongst pages of doodles, I started to roughly sketch the design. I originally planned on a vertical orientation with the sheep running along the side, but it started to look a wee bit squished so I decided against that. We then settled on a 5x7" horizontal format.
Below is only a fraction of the pages that scattered my studio. How I work is I try to do as much as I can using traditional materials and then clean up the lettering & drawings on the computer. So, when it comes to text, I write out the words over and over again in ink and circle the sections that I believe look the best. I'll then scan the pages onto my computer and piece the words together like a puzzle. I make some final adjustments in photoshop and then drag the text onto the artwork.
For Millie and the sheep, I took all of my favourite sketches and scanned them onto the computer. I then blocked colour overtop of them to create a screen-printed aesthetic. This was new for me! I really love how it turned out :)
And here is the finished product!
I felt so honoured to have been asked to design these invitations. The wedding was last week and I can tell you that it was the most wonderful, love-filled day. Truly beautiful.