I was recently at a family wedding. A very big family wedding. My sketches don’t capture the huge festivities, the pomp and splendor, the crowds of hundreds and sometimes thousands of people who attended the four days of festivities. What I have instead are little vignettes, mostly of smaller gatherings and celebrations, and of little asides, the stuff I enjoyed best.
These sketches are from the mehendi ceremony, a pre-wedding ceremony when henna artists draw intricate patterns over the hands and feet of the bride, the women in her family, and friends. The most intricate patterns that took multiple artists over 5 hours to create were saved for the bride. Everyone else got to choose what they wanted: detailed, intricate stuff, or smaller, simpler designs.
This was one of those times I wish I sketched faster. This is my daughter, with two artists working on her hands. I took that first photograph and got down to sketching. Fast. It couldn’t have been more than a couple of minutes, and she was done! I guess that’s how fast you have to be to draw patterns on the arms and legs of hundreds of people in a single evening.
More wedding vignettes coming soon.