I love it when a couple has a vision and enough lead time for me to create something custom.   Julia and Richard are getting married at the gorgeous Driehaus Museum in Chicago.  They wanted to incorporate a tree on their invitations and an overall Art Deco feel.  The first place I look for inspiration is the wedding venue itself.  Wedding invitations are the first impression your guests get of your Big Day, so if you can tie in the venue / setting in the little details, it makes for a nice added touch.  The Driehaus has an incredible domed stained glass window with trees on it.

dome

From there I created some abstracted versions…one a little “leafier” than the other…

Abstract Tree Drawing

Julia & Richard really wanted a folded invitation, which allowed for the tree to be center stage!

Driehaus Museum Inspired Wedding Invitations

LOVE their wedding colors and how they add to the overall stained glass feel of the tree.

Here’s a look at the full suite….

Art Deco Tree Wedding Invitations

Thank you Julia & Richard!  It was wonderful working with you!  Hope your Big Day is spectacular!

 

 

 

Elliot’s First Portrait

October 23, 2013

Just a quick gesture sketch of the sleeping babe…of course he had to move before I could finish his little fingers or tidy up his features.  Elliot's first portrait

The first of many I suspect.

I imagine Irene has made this landscape a little less peaceful over the past 2 days.

Sapelo Sound Georgia Watercolor Study by Heather L Young

Sapelo Sound Study No. 2

watercolor with a splash of saltwater

9″x12″

I’m in the midst of one of those transitional times in life, and when these times come, there is no better way to clear my head than to spend a day out on the boat with Granny.

Sapelo Sound Watercolor Study Plein Air

Sapelo Sound

plein air watercolor study with a pinch of salt water

9″x12″

more ink and bleach…

February 17, 2011

…finally bought that dip pen…NOT a good idea to use with bleach, but it produced for a little while…

ink and floral bleach frame

ink and bleach floral patternink

ink and bleach floral

February 11, 2011

testing out some ideas here…really wishing I could find my Dip Pen

ink and bleach floral print by heather l young

quilling collaboration

February 9, 2011

My second most popular blog post of all time, and three years later, I still don’t own a quilling tool.

drawing of quilled flowers by heathe l young

I am, however, drawing quilled flowers for none other than Miss  Valerie.

 

 

Tree Huntin’ at Wormsloe

August 19, 2010

I’ve got a new series in the works (in addition to the latest Savannah Squares), and it’s about to eat me alive.  It’s pretty much all I think about day and night…all consuming…but in a good way.  Collecting reference has brought me to areas of town that I have overlooked for years.  It’s a shame that when you nest somewhere, you often forget to take note of all the beauty and activities that are right in your own backyard.  For instance, Wormsloe

Wormsloe Historic Site Savannah GA Live Oak Drive

How’s this for a driveway?  Over 400 oaks were planted along this drive in the 1890’s!

Of course, I didn’t go about this adventure alone…Granny J tagged along…and her wisdom served us well.

Granny J at Wormsloe

For starters, she brought two bottles of water…neither one of us expected to be walking 1.5 miles in the deep south heat, but that preparedness served us well.  She also brought along a cane….good for her walking, but also good for warding off snakes…(oh do I despise those critters!)…and yes, we did encounter one, within the first few minutes of our walk! What was I thinking wearing flip-flops that day?!

Alas, we made it to the Tabby Ruins, the oldest standing structures in the Savannah area.  Not exactly the floor plan I’d expected for a plantation home, but I have to give Noble Jones credit for the fact that he built it with his own hands…not that of slave labor.

Wormsloe Tabby Ruins Historic Site Savannah

Tree Huntin’ did not disappoint.  In addition to the Live Oaks,  we also came across this beauty…

Red Cedar Tree at Wormsloe

It’s called a Red Cedar (but it’s actually a Juniper) and it is very much alive.  Oddly enough, Granny has two of these flanking her own driveway, but they pale in comparison to this giant.

Lastly, here’s a little sneak peek of where I’m heading with all of this…

Majestic Oak Sketch by Heather L. Young

The Majestic Oak – pencil sketch – very much a work in progress

©2010 Heather L. Young

details…

June 16, 2010

…it’s what keeps me interested in pen & ink work.  After all, it’s the little things that make a house a home, right?

detail of a pen and ink drawing by heather l young

detail from my latest ink, a wedding gift.

©2010 Heather L. Young

Self Portrait #6

June 2, 2010

Deepest apologies for missing a day in this series…got a little swamped in the studio…

self portrat no. 6 on scratchboard

Proportions are off.  Not sure if it’s the execution at 9am, the unforgiving nature of scratch-board, or the fact that it’s just plain hard to draw your own portrait.  Regardless, there is nothing more soothing to my soul than half an hour of cross hatching.