It’s very nerve-wracking for me to design something for a friend or family (then why do I do it so much?!). I think the hardest part is they think oh I’ll ask Kylie to do this for me, she can do it no problem! Ok so that’s the flattering part, the hard part is that they already have built up in their minds what they want and a lot can be lost in translation when it comes out their mouths–and this can get even more muddled if they try to draw it out. And I guess that’s not even the hardest part, the hardest part is now taking that sketch and re-drawing it myself, designing it on the computer and then presenting my design to someone. This is where my nerves start jumping, was I able to take what we talked and sketched about out of their head and into my computer?
Case in point, Sarah’s wedding invites. I was so excited to help her have beautiful, custom invitations instead of some cookie cutter design from Staple or Michael’s. We looked at samples online extensively, had many brainstorming sessions over a glass or two of wine and eventually came out with this sketch:
Which then became this sketch:
Which turned into this computer sketch:
I told the bride she would see a computer sketch on Friday, and then I got too nervous and did some more versions and finally sent a couple to her on Saturday. Then I waited…
A couple nervous hours went by until I got this text
I LOVE the invites!!! Danny isnt home but I can’t wait to show him.
Phew! There is definitely more tweaking to be done on my part, and quite probably on the bride and groom’s part but we have a solid base and I can’t wait to see the finished product printed on lovely paper!
I looked at a ton of vintage ski posters trying to get an après-ski influence but in the end what inspired me most was this beautiful illustration from www.onedove.ca.
I love the sketched look of the waves and especially how the images are the negative part of the design instead of being the parts in colour. I tried that with Sarah’s invites but it didn’t work as nicely for me. Instead I chose to go with purple imagery and the champagne colour is hopefully what the paper colour will be. Originally my design had a tree in it as well but on second thought I took it out and am so much happier with the result. I love white space in design which is a big reason I love onedove’s work so much. The light texturing put into the Pray For Japan illustration appeals to me as well but I’m hoping Sarah gets some nice textured paper that will do the work for me!
Speaking of working for family and friends, I’m off to update my mom’s website for the last time this school season…