here comes the bride!

I received a really fun special order recently from a regular customer who have some friend getting married and wanted a bride and groom set. The thing is, this couple is from India, and the traditional wedding outfits are very different from what we're used to in the Western World. She sent me these two images, showing how the groom wears an off-white suit (not pure white, which is a color of mourning in India) and the bride wears red with a gold detail.
I was up for the challenge, and did a drawing for the customer so she'd have a good idea of what to expect. I wanted to keep the figures simple, yet discover the most important elements in their outfits to use in my design. I really loved the beautiful brocade down the front of the groom's jacket, and decided to make a subtle dot pattern down the front of my figure, and of course a simple turban was going to be another key element.

The bride I usually do has a subtle raised dot pattern on her dress, but in this case I wanted it to be real metal so I found the right size brass nails to make her dazzle. The raised dots replace the fuzzy flocking I usually use, but I do not flock the wedding cake figures in case someone wants to use them on their wedding cake. The paint I use is foodsafe and cleanable, so they can be displayed in the home following the wedding as a memento of their special day. A matching brass bindi on her forehead completed the bride figure.

Here's the finished pieces! I really love their simplicity and it was a really fun challenge!

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