Rough sketch on paper, which I don’t usually do for Illustrator-only pictures, but action poses are tricky. The brief was it should be retro-inspired and like the last scene of a screwball love story, “running away from the church” type deal. The background should refer to the look of the venue, Belvedere Mansion in the Hudson Valley (I had a postage stamp sized photo of the place to work from).
First rough pass of converting to Illustrator, tracing the sketch and building things from simple shapes. The girl’s face is generic; the hands are potatoes. Did this in one 12-hour insomniatic jag.
Flowers and champagne… and hands.
Biggest change is the background… most of the details are covered by the characters there, but every cornice, column, and moulding I could make out in the photo I added. The girl’s leg is kind of disappearing into the background unfortunately.
Waiting for feedback now before making any more changes.
Added: The client dropped some comments, leading to this revision, late in the day: