A Fusion of African and Russian Elements
I was contacted recently by a friend to see if I could assist in designing a wedding crest for her boss who was getting married. They only had two weeks before they had to finalize designs, paper and printing, which put me in a tight spot. I wasn't in the country at the time, but I advised her to send me details about what she wanted so I could work on the design from where I was. She sent me this:
So here are the key elements she wanted in the crest:
- A Siberian tiger
- Snowy mountains
- A Gazelle
- A sailboat (The place he proposed!)
- A Russian Firebird
- A banner with "Love" in three different languages
- A clockface with her and her husband's names
Well that was a fair amount of detail she wanted, so I started to organize the elements into a code-of-arms template, with the animals on both sides.
I added the borders and a banner to the picture by drawing them separately.
The final product and how I put all these elements together can be seen in my portfolio. Just thought I'd document and give a little insight into how my pen art illustrations are done :)