Friday, 6 June 2014

A wedding caricature and the importance of saving before deleting!

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Heather and Neil - wedding caricature in ink and gouache

So, my friend Heather is getting married on 8 June. Unfortunately we weren't able to get back to N.Ireland for the big day but I wish them both a fabulous day of sunshine and love. 

Like us, Heather and Neil have two little Westies and I had thought to do a portrait of them as a wedding gift. I had a squiz through Heather's Facebook photos but I couldn't find any close up shots of Alfie and Spencer that I could've used as a reference photo so I had the idea to do a caricature of the bride and groom instead. 

Now, because the paper is A3 sized, it was too big to scan so I carefully blue tacked it to the larder door in our kitchen and took several photographs before putting it into the frame.

I put my camera memory card into the computer to upload the photos and went through them making a note of which photos were the clearest, intending to post a shot of the caricature on its own and then of it in the frame.

Well, for some reason known only to the universe, before creating a new file and moving all the photos off the memory card onto the computer, I decided to delete the shots I didn't need first (something I have never done before and have no idea why I did now). Of course, instead of just deleting the shots I didn't want I managed to delete all the shots bar the one illustrating this post. I frantically hit 'undo' to no avail. I Googled what to do to retrieve accidentally deleted photographs and was directed to download a programme guaranteed to find them. I downloaded it and it found photographs that were previously on my memory card that I barely remembered taking but not the ones I'd just deleted! G'ah!!!!

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So, the upshot is, I have just the one photograph to show you of the caricature in its frame and I've cropped it in to show you the caricature on its own, which isn't the clearest, but I can only be grateful that I even had that one photograph left.  Otherwise you'd have to take my word for it that I had even done the caricature as it was already in the post when I managed to have my blonde/senior moment!

The real Heather and Neil
- no idea who the man in the middle is but I turned his hand into Neil's!

Happy Wedding Day Heather and Neil!

19 comments:

  1. This is terrific how you have captured the likeness of the happy couple, and amusing how you have reassigned The Hand.

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  2. oh what a super great piece !!!! I love the way you did this....so much character in this painting!!! the Bride and Groom will be so excited when they see this!!!

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  3. I love the wedding couple in caricature! You captured the mood and the expressions perfectly. I hope the disappearing shots event never happens to me. That sounds very frustrating. I have enough going wrong just in an ordinary day! Thanks for visiting my blog.

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  4. Outstanding likeness. You've captured them and congrats to the couple. Your friends will love their caricatures. Great job.

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  5. you did such a great job capturing them in caricature Nic and I know they will love it! I did the same thing as you once and deleted pics-lesson learned:)

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  6. This is such a lovely gift for the newly weds. I'm sure they are going to love this.Sorry to hear about you losing the photos. Have a lovely weekend.

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  7. You did a great job on the caricature - caricature is harder than portraits! Glad you had at least the one picture to share. Bet the bride and groom will love your painting

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  8. The faces are so realistic! They're going to absolutely love this!

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  9. The bride and groom are wonderfully drawn. Congrats! What a great present.

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  10. You are brilliant - there is no other way to say it. I know they will be thrilled with the portrait. What an incredible gift!

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  11. Well, you did a great job by capturing them in caricature. You have captured mood of couple in perfect way. Wedding couple will love this. Thanks for sharing. Wedding cards play important role in making marriage special and such cards also come with couple’s picture. That caricature can make invitation card unique. Thanks for sharing.

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  12. Great job on the likeness. They are a beautiful couple and they will treasure this painting. Ouch, Gouache. Yikes . . . I'm still learning with that one. Keep going with your talent, love your work. Blessings, Janet, PPF

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  13. Fabulous fabulous fabulous!!
    Happy PPF

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  14. wonderful caricature Nic am sure the happy couple were over the moon with this special gift. Hugs Annette x

    http://nettysartadventures.blogspot.co.uk/

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  15. What a lovely wedding gift! Your computer mix ups sound very familiar... :)

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  16. How frustrating!!
    What a fantastic wedding gift idea! I bet they were chuffed to pieces with it! :0)

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  17. Congratulations to the happy couple and congratulations to you for such a thoughtful and personal gift!
    Ah computer woes. I've experienced many of them.

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  18. Thanks again Nicola. It's fabulous we love it. You are so talented. Love from Heather and Neil xx

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