Courtesy of Erica Campanella
You'll have plenty of photos of yourself on your wedding day, but if you're looking for a different way to remember your bridal look, call on Erica Campanella. The Hoboken-based artist will create a fashion illustration of you in your dress, based on a full-length photograph you send her. Erica started creating fashion illustrations for brides "by accident," she says. "My younger sister was shopping for her dress and wanted a way to remember all the dresses she was trying on. With each dress that she liked, I would take out my sketch book and draw it for her. The other brides trying on dresses with my sister loved them and that's how I found my first customers!"
Erica can create the work of art using either marker or gouache paints—the marker gives the work a more whimsical look, the gouache is a bit more classic. And, Erica's work doesn't have to end with the illustration—she can even create thank-you cards using your portrait. Check out Erica's Etsy site and blog for more details.—Kim Forrest, Assistant Editor, Brides Local Magazines