Wedding Heirloom: Black and White Charcoal Drawing: Kaileigh + Dan – by Danielle Vennard a Chester County, PA Professional Artist

I have been an artist of many different types of media.  At a very young age I observed and learned about art and being creative via my father who also was an artist in the fields of painting, drawing, photography and sculpture.  Over my growth as an artist, I have used my photographs as a tool to create something that deviates from the original, making it unique to my identity as an artist.  Copying a photograph takes skill but to me the finished work is just that, a copy.  It doesn’t really show the true creativity of an artist.

Over the last five years I’ve focused my talents specifically on documentary wedding photography.  I long to revisit the fine art of drawing.  Last year I began offering my wedding photography clients a true heirloom.  It is a one of a kind piece of art that differentiates me from the ever-increasing number of wedding photographers.  I use images I have photographed on a client’s wedding day to create a hybrid drawing between what I see as realism and abstraction.  My clients give me guidance by choosing one or several of their favorite photographs for me to create from.

The latest piece for Kaileigh and Dan is the best collaborative effort I have had thus far.  I felt strongly that I had finished the drawing and sent the image below to Kaileigh to get their opinion.

Black and White Charcoal Drawing of Bride and Groom in an orchard on Avon Bleu Farm, Lincoln University, PA - Photography by Danielle Vennard Photographer - In Pursuit of Moments Unrehearsed - daniellevennard.com

Although hard to swallow at first, Kaileigh and Dan decided it wasn’t exactly what they were looking for.  I was unsure after getting their first reaction to the drawing what needed to be changed.  At one point I thought I was just going to have to start over from scratch and this had my mind second guessing my talents, effort, as well as whether it made sense for my business.  For a moment it felt like my Dad was there giving me his feedback and teaching me (again) to be more open to criticism, which at times can be my kryptonite.  As a creative individual it is really difficult to hear you missed the mark.  That, however, is a risk I choose to take in sharing my gift with the world to make art that is meaningful.

Thankfully, Kaileigh and Dan agreed to sit down together with me one evening to express to the best of their ability what the drawing needed to make it truly their work of art.  The decision was made to alter the original and not begin again.  By adding the tree into the foreground it broke up some of the evenness of the abstract branches, leaves and vines that had dominated the left side of the drawing.  The tree also helped push the viewer’s eye back to Kaileigh and Dan which is the main focus of the piece.  I am glad they didn’t just settle for what I thought was a finished piece and challenged me to push my creative potential.

Here is the final piece.

Black and White Charcoal Drawing of Bride and Groom in an orchard on Avon Bleu Farm, Lincoln University, PA - Photography by Danielle Vennard Photographer - In Pursuit of Moments Unrehearsed - daniellevennard.com

 The finished piece is a composite of these three different photographs I took of Kaileigh and Dan in the orchard on the Avon Bleu Farm where they were married.

Bride and Groom in an orchard on Avon Bleu Farm, Lincoln University, PA - Photography by Danielle Vennard Photographer - In Pursuit of Moments Unrehearsed - daniellevennard.com

Bride and Groom in an orchard on Avon Bleu Farm, Lincoln University, PA - Photography by Danielle Vennard Photographer - In Pursuit of Moments Unrehearsed - daniellevennard.com

Bride and Groom in an orchard on Avon Bleu Farm, Lincoln University, PA - Photography by Danielle Vennard Photographer - In Pursuit of Moments Unrehearsed - daniellevennard.com

I’ve also put together an animation to show evidence of the drawing from start to finish.

Animation of Black and White Charcoal Drawing of Bride and Groom in an orchard on Avon Bleu Farm, Lincoln University, PA - Photography by Danielle Vennard Photographer - In Pursuit of Moments Unrehearsed - daniellevennard.com

Although you are viewing it on a computer screen and it now exists digitally I stress that this artwork is all hand-drawn with black and white charcoal on paper.  This drawing and others like it commemorate one of the best days in a couples life.  It is gives them something unique to who they are, that can provide happiness to a wall of their home as well as become a priceless heirloom to their future generations.  Just as my father’s artwork, hanging on my walls inspires me, I hope that my work does the same for my clients and their children to express themselves creatively to the world.

Thank you for taking time out of your day to read about my black and white charcoal drawings.

If you would like to check out two previous black and white wedding drawings please visit my past blog of Christina + Tom here:  https://daniellevennard.wordpress.com/2012/12/05/wedding-heirloom-hand-drawn-black-and-white-charcoal-drawing-by-danielle-vennard/  as well as Megan + Brian’s Live Wedding Drawing here:  https://daniellevennard.wordpress.com/2014/02/05/wedding-heirloom-megan-brians-wedding-drawing-august-9-2013-live-drawing-during-the-reception/

I prefer to work from my own images but I have created from other sources of inspiration not of my creation.  If you would like to see more examples of my charcoal drawings that expand into portraits, animal life, and rock climbing than please visit a gallery on my personal Facebook page here:  https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.291328860516.324771.834805516&type=1&l=7766c0a989

If you or anyone you know would appreciate an original work of art like this don’t hesitate to get in touch.  danielle@daniellevennard.com or call me at 717-701-0363.

All the best to you, my fans, my supporters, my family, my friends,

DZ

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~ by DanielleVennard on March 5, 2014.

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