Today we have the pleasure of featuring Corrie from CW Drawings! She has an Etsy shop that you most certainly need to check out since she creates beautiful pencil drawings straight from your wedding photos! Its a gorgeous way to showcase your wedding. When we first saw her work, we reached out immediately to talk to her since we thought you NEEDED to know about what she does. It’s that good. There is a coupon code at the bottom of the post so read on…
Meet Corrie of CW Drawings:
(photo by Dulet Creative)
Before we dig in, lets meet you! Can you tell us a little more about yourself?
My name is Corrie and I live in Chicagoland, which is where I was born and raised. I love the first cup of coffee in the morning while my calico kitty, Noreen, curls up on my lap. That first cup of coffee usually turns into a second and third fairly quickly! Im a quality time girl, so spending time with the people I love and investing in those relationships is really important to me.
Amen Sister! We sound like kindred spirits. You do amazing work. How did you come to be so talented?
Thank you! Ive always been a creative person. Growing up I was the girl entering all the art competitions, while on the other hand looking awkward in gym class, which I now know isnt rare for creatives! It was my junior year of high school that I drew my first portrait, and from there on out I was hooked! I studied art in college and would turn any project into a portrait if I could. Coincidentally I studied painting, but I am now back to my first love, which is pencil drawings!
Tell us about your idea and how you brought it to life as a business.
Ive taken commissioned portrait work as side projects since I graduated from the university (6 yrs ago) and decided to open up an Etsy shop in 2013 as a way to put my work on the web to have an avenue online to sell my custom portraits. I didnt do anything to promote my work at the time since I had a full-time job elsewhere, but more-so took jobs as they came organically to me. Last summer I decided to take the leap into full-time business with a focus on custom pencil portrait work, specifically weddings. Ive been intentionally working at growing my business ever since!
What is the process for a wedding couple to have one of your portraits?
Couples can get in touch with me either before or after their wedding day! If before, the couple books with me their portraits so once theyve had their wedding & have received their photos from their photographer, we can get to work right away on choosing the best image to translate to a drawing. Its important to me to connect with the photographer before I use their work, so either myself or the couple will reach out to get permission! Its been really fun to also connect with wedding photographers through this process as well!
What makes the best photographic image for a portrait?
This is a great question, because there are definitely certain photos that work best! Ill start out by saying that the typical smile at the camera looks great in a photo, but does not always translate well to a drawing. Candid, more serious photos work really well. They create a mood suited for drawing! If its a drawing of the bride & groom together, I love the photos of them looking at each other while they are in a moment. For individual portraits the same is true. A candid, more romantic photograph is great. I do specialize in portraits, so what that means is Im looking for photos that are typically waist up since I give most of my attention to detail in the face.
I love that you are looking for that “in a moment” photograph for your drawings, because that’s what we look for in a photograph too! Why do you think that works best for creating “a mood suited for drawing?”
Its because those are the moments that display the most emotion. An expression caught in a moment is a lot different than a smile requested – its a moment unscripted that tells a story. Its an over the shoulder glance, its a lingering look of a groom to his bride, its the moments that highlight the emotions going on inside as it comes across through a photograph, and from there can become a truly timeless drawing.
Why should a couple invest in this type of artwork?
What I love about these drawings is they truly become a family treasure, a true heirloom. Drawing in general is a timeless art, so with the portraits I create, its something to pass on for generations. I had customer say to me that if her house was burning down, shed grab the portrait I drew for her and the quilt a family member made by hand. It was one of the biggest compliments I had ever received because it spoke to the exact reason why I do this type of work!
If you want your very own original piece from Corrie, you can use this 10% off coupon code in her shop for the next two weeks!
Etsy Shop: https://www.etsy.com/shop/cwdrawings
Coupon Code: BETHANYDAN