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We fell in love with the wonderful artistry of fashion illustrator, Debi Griffin of Illustrative Moments. Using photographs from the wedding, Debi creates one-of-a-kind keepsake sketches of the wedding gown, the bride in her gown, the bride with her mother, etcetera. Talk about a sensational bridal shower or wedding gift!
We asked Debi Griffin to describe what she does and her approach to her craft to better understand how she creates these amazing pieces of art.
Introducing, Illustrative Moments…
Perspective clients, whether it be the bride herself or someone gifting the illustration need to have certain specifics in hand to begin. If the wedding has already taken place and photos are available I like to see several angles of the dress. To start, a good full frontal and three quarter view gives me the overall look and feeling. Additional shots I request are a nice shoulder up for the hairstyle and any close up shots of the jewelry and accessories. If the bride decides on a back view of her gown, then those photos are of course necessary as well. Also, if possible, I like to know the name of the fashion designer of the gown and the link to any photos of it on their website for reference.
In addition, it is important to get the type of information that can be lost or altered in photos such as the true color of the gown, any small beaded trim, buttons, embroidery, the type of tulle, etcetera. If the wedding has not taken place yet, I work just as well with a few website photos of the gown and a nice photo of the bride. Any known details of the bride’s hairstyle, jewelry, and headpiece or even photos of her last fitting or hair and makeup trial can do wonders! I have worked with clients that only have one photo to others that supply me with entire albums of inspiration!
Each custom piece is handled with tremendous thought to its styling and composition. Clients give me full liberty to make their gowns come to life! I do not offer approval mock ups as the artwork can change from start to finish. Upon shipping of the artwork I do email a basic scan of the artwork as a receipt for the project.
They’re tremendous keepsake items that truly stand the test of time…
Debi Griffin, ILLUSTRATIVE MOMENTS