Monday, March 11, 2013

Custom Wedding Shoes Progress: Episode 2

My progress continues...

I started with the happy couple holding hands in the glow of a warm summer sunset. To create the chairs, I had to paint a golden color as the base for the adirondack wooden slats. Once dry, I did some detailing with my bright orange and dark brown permanent markers. I used the same markers for the couple sitting in the chairs.

I blocked in some simple shapes for the farm house, silo and picket fence. As object fade into the distance, the colors become softer, so I used a light purple and blue.

NEXT EPISODE: I'll be adding a beautiful quote from Audrey Hepburn and the true lovers knot into one of the tree roots!

Miranda Marie

Sunday, March 10, 2013

Custom Wedding Shoes Progress: Episode 1

Hey there! I wanted to let you in on my newest project. It's a custom project for my new, sweet friend in Scotland. She's getting married in April and she asked me to design and paint her wedding shoes for her!

What I'm going to show you here and over the next few weeks is my progress for designing and painting the shoes. So, stay tuned to see the transformation!

I began by asking her tons of questions about herself, so I could get to know her better and find out what she likes. Here are some things she listed:
  • She and her fiance dream of someday living on a farm in Australia
  • Her fiance is a woodcarver (so a has a lot of symbolism to them)
  • She is fantastic at making knots
  • The Count of Monte Cristo is her favorite book
  • She loves to sail and travel
After corresponding back and forth a bit, I was able to make some quick sketches for the design and send them to her for her approval.

Her response was so touching. She was very happy with the design, almost to the point of tears! So, needless to say, I started painting.

My idea was to create a romantic scene on the farm they always dreamed about at sunset. As you can see, I've painted few base coats, which I'll soon go over with more detailing. My vision is to have the happy couple sitting in adirondack chairs under a tree, holding hands in the glow of a warm summer sunset.

The heel of the shoe seemed the best place to put the tree (I added a heart and arrow on the tree with their initials). I always love having a design wrap all the way around the heel, so I made the tree roots spiral downward.

NEXT EPISODE: I'll be adding details to the farm and tree branch, and paint in the happy couple!

Miranda Marie