12Jan
Stars can't shine without darkness | offthebeatenpress.com

I was working the other night on a commissioned project for a coworker. She wanted me to draw her wedding dress. This took me by aback a bit first, because I have never done anything like that, and second, because I was worried about getting it right! Turns out though that she just wanted a fun party dress.

She described it to me as a navy blue bubble skirt with an interesting neckline, lace top, ruched satin sleeves and a large bow in back. I ran with it and texted her some of my early sketches. She loved it. After I had her initial approval, I redrew it on nicer paper and added watercolor.

Stars can't shine without darkness | offthebeatenpress.com

I give her the project tomorrow and I really hope she loves the final version. I included a black and white sketch for her too just so she had another copy.

Stars can't shine without darkness | offthebeatenpress.com

Since I had pulled out all my watercolor paints and ink, I used the blues then to work on some lettering and digital downloads I want to try to sell on Etsy and Society6. I fell in love with this quote a few weeks ago: “Stars can’t shine without darkness.” The blue paints I had out laid the perfect backdrop for the lettering.

Stars can't shine without darkness | offthebeatenpress.com

I am still working on balancing out my handwriting with some other traditional brush calligraphy work, but as they say, practice makes perfect. I scanned in the final copy and resized it in a few formats.

Stars can't shine without darkness | offthebeatenpress.com

If you are interested in getting it on a product or framed for you, I have it on my Society6 page. In the next few days I will be talking to a local printer about turning it into prints for sale instead of digital.

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