Process of creating a Wedding Crest

by Rong Xin Choy


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:

The bride's idea board for the wedding crest.

So here are the key elements she wanted in the crest:

  • A Siberian tiger
  • Snowy mountains 
  • A Gazelle
  • Savannah 
  • 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.

1: Scanned gazelle and framework

2: Added the tiger and the mountains

2: Added the tiger and the mountains

I added the borders and a banner to the picture by drawing them separately.

3: Border arc

3: Border arc

4: Embellishments 

4: Embellishments 

5: Chamomile flowers to add to the border (native to Russia)

5: Chamomile flowers to add to the border (native to Russia)

6: My take on a Russian Firebird

6: My take on a Russian Firebird

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 :)