Sunday, March 31, 2013

The Nepalese Bride

Some of my co-workers at Trader Joe's are from Nepal. One of them is getting married soon and he asked me to do a portrait of his fiancee. All he could provide for me was a small blurry image on his mobile phone. He sent me the image and I recreated it here with, uh, imagination and improvements. I tried to render the details of her splendid sari without getting too literal. I don't think that's her wedding garb though. The pair will get married in a civil ceremony in the USA and then later, travel to Nepal for a traditional big Hindu family wedding.

I used to do a lot of these colored pencil portraits, often from life quickly as the subject was sitting at a convention. I now use lightfast non-fading colored pencils which are good for quick portraits. Original image is 9" x 12", March 29-30, 2013.