Post # 1
A few weeks ago I got out some pens in order to envision our wedding invitations and from there my FI and I decided that I’ll actually make them, rather than purchasing a design. Here’s the links to the very earliest drafts:
DIY invitation – too colourful?
DIY invitation – too colourful, UPDATE.
Now, I’ve invested in better pens, decided that I want an art nouveau feel to the invitations and today I produced the first proper draft! Basically, I just painted half of the frame, scanned and reflected it in Illustrator to get a frame. Our printer didn’t manage to capture the full colour range – but I think you get the idea.
Now, this is just a draft – I’ll spend more time on the final invitation (like, bothering to get the lines perfectly straight). However, I would love to get your feedback on what I have so far. Do you think I should add more elements to the design? Perhaps something over the point where the two leaves in the bottom meet? Or something in the corners? Also, what do you think about the font? I always struggle with that bit – so any feedback would be great!
Post # 3
- Wedding: October 2013 - The Down Town Club, Philadelphia
Wow, this is gorgeous! I can’t believe you did this yourself! Amazing!
I actually like that the space between the two bottom leaves is bare. I am a fan of “less is more” though. The only thing I might do is make your names a bit larger.
Post # 4
As a graphic designer,
i would rethink the font and the typesetting
If you are going for that hand drawn look then i guess the border is personal prference. but art nouveau has more thicker external lines.
Post # 5
I love what you’ve done so far but I agree with PP’s-I’d leave the space above the leaves bare & have a play around with different fonts. I wish I had your artistic abilities-you’re incredibly talented! 🙂
Post # 6
@eocenia: Did you draw this? WOW! It’s so pretty! I think it’s great!!
Post # 7
@Reeniero: Thank you! I agree that I need to do something about the font size, think I’ll have a look at invitations from different sites to get an idea of what might work.
@Cheekyduck: Thanks for pointing it out. I used a 0.05 and 0.5 pt prismacolor for the lines, will go back to the art store and get a thicker one to see what it looks like.
@MrsA2B: Thank you! That makes me so happy! I’ve always loved drawing on my spare time and I’m so excited about being able to personalise our invitations!
@happybbbeee: Yes, got out the pens after breakfast yesterday and stayed unsocial for two hours or so. 🙂
Post # 8
I would use a more cursive type font, or at least, a different font. I’m not a fan of the one youi’re using right now. Impressive painting, though!
Post # 9
@abbie017: Thank you! Any specific suggestion in terms of what font to use?
Post # 10
@eocenia: I saw your message on the other thread asking me to look at this as well. Your artwork is beautiful! You are very talented!
Because of the ornate nature of the graphics, I would choose a more traditional, less ornate, cleaner font for the body of your invitation and use a contrasting, bolder font (relative to the one you choose for the main text — not relative to what you currently have) for your names.
Although the invitation I chose was very formal and not at all the look that you’re seeking, I’m going to post the Crane sample version of the layout (it’s not my own, personal information), because it will show you how two very different type faces can provide the contrast I’m suggesting:
Post # 11
@Brielle: Thanks for taking the time to look at it! I’ve made a new draft and changed the fonts:
Is this in line with what you were thinking? I like that it’s much more reader friendly now!
Post # 12
That’s heading in the right direction. However, the point size and all caps in that font are still competing too much. I would use a similar font but one that comes in “small caps,” and I would reduce the point size significantly.
Post # 13
Definately heading in the right direction, but I personally would see how it looks without the border. I think what you have is gorgeous and it would look really nice on some nice paper .
Post # 14
I really like it. It reminds me of the Voynich Manuscript (only neater). I liked the font you had originally. Have you thought about what it would look like with the small caps as they are now (maybe a bit smaller/bolder) and the original font for your names, somewhat larger?
Post # 15
@eocenia: I *love* these. I am so happy that they aren’t something people would expect. Its such a delight when people step out of the box and I REALLY like that you are handpainting these! eep!
I like the last one you have posted here as far as fonts are concerned – and I am a graphic design too and one who specializes in customized wedding suites. 🙂 Good luck on these!
Post # 16
I like the first font that you used too.