Wedding Portrait – Stolen Kiss

"Stolen Kiss" 8" x 10", Graphite Pencil on Watercolor Paper

“Stolen Kiss” 8″ x 10″, Graphite Pencil on Watercolor Paper

Wedding ceremonies are loud and busy occasions. But what about the stolen moments? When the buzzing of the crowd fades away  during a stolen kiss?

There are numerous textures and shadows at play in this drawing. The delicate white veil has a hint of translucence but stays white enough to balance out the white in the flower and the groom’s shirt. The couple’s slightly disarrayed hair  was the perfect counterbalance to the textured bouquet at the bottom of the composition. I added more hair around the bride’s neck, where her husband had his hand at the nape. The additional lines of her hair help move the viewer’s eye around the composition and add visual interest.

Usually in a portrait, the subjects face forward or provide a three-quarter view of the face so the person is easily recognizable. But these newly weds were showing something even more intimate and memorable than their individual faces. This was a moment of intimacy – captured with their closed eyes and her soft smile. When drawing a moment like this, it’s best to accept that some moments cannot be captured with a traditional portrait style.

“I can forget my very existence in a deep kiss of you.” ~Byron Caldwell Smith, letter to Kate Stephens

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Stolen Kiss by Artistry by Lisa Marie is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported License.
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