"Nick & Dina" ink and gouache painting, March 2011
For my cousin's wedding celebration, I decided to make them a custom painting based on their engagement photos and thought it would be fun to draw them as cute animal characters. I drew Dina as my signature bunny that I've been incorporating in a lot of my recent paintings and handpainted dolls, with the patterned ears and tiptoe pose. The Chinese word in the background is traditionally used to represent marriage and I adapted it to the heart shape, and I used the same colors and textile patterns (Dina has great taste in decor) in their living room for the picnic blanket. I loved the colors and patterns of Dina's dress she wore in the photos, and she was wearing cute heart sunglasses in one photo, so I had to draw her wearing those. I believe he proposed to her while they were in the mountains somewhere, so I drew mountains in the background. And since their wedding reception was at a winery, I drew a little picnic basket with wine and two wine glasses, and sitting next to the basket is the small cute cactus in a cup they were holding in one of their photos. I wanted to put Nick and Dina's Excellent Adventure as the title at the top, but since I was on a time crunch, just put Nick and Dina. I like how it looks both vintage and modern at the same time. My first foray into custom wedding paintings...fun and I like how it turned out. Sometimes once I start drawing I never know how it will come out, but this one I really like.