Live sketch artist and author Sarah Nisbett draws wedding memories in the moment
Live Sketch Art offers illustrated love stories and unique wedding entertainment
— Sarah Nisbett, Drawn the day you were
NEW YORK, NY, USA, Sept. 13, 2022 /EINPresswire.com/ — Photography is a traditionally timeless way to document weddings. But with their ever-increasing personalization, couples are adding other artistic approaches to creating memories and providing guests with unique wedding entertainment. With just a few lines inspired by what’s happening in real time, wedding illustrator Sarah Nisbett of Drawn on Your Day (https://www.drawnonyourday.com/) creates artwork that’s minimalist in style yet strong in emotion.
The former opera singer honed her passion for ‘doodling’ on New York’s subways, sketching fellow travelers as a way to pass the time. She shared her line art with her two subjects as well as on Instagram. Over a span of 10 years, the self-taught artist captured the essence of over 6,000 subjects and even wrote a book on the art of live sketching titled “Drawn on the Way”.
The opportunity to create live sketches for Elle magazine gave Sarah the inspiration to turn her belief that “everyone deserves to be seen” into a business of creating live portraits at events. But it was a camera-shy groom who sparked her passion for documenting marriages. “It was a little wedding in a restaurant in Brooklyn and super cute,” Sarah recalled. “I loved looking for the stories and being a fly on the wall. The challenge was to put so much emotion into such short moments. But after completing the first set of illustrations, the couple loved them – and I too.
Unlike a photographer or even a wedding painter who faithfully recreates the day, Sarah’s skill lies in finding the precious emotional details that make up the big picture. As a live wedding designer, Sarah tells a story within the constraints of the moment. She remembers a particularly touching first dance. “They were there with their baby. I paid attention to their emotions in just a few lines, the baby, mom and dad – all tied in one line.
Sarah focuses on the couple when they are the center of attention. It includes renderings of walking down the aisle and exchanging rings, turning wishes into works of art. But she also seeks other comforting scenes. Sarah relies on her open-minded curiosity, like photographing a dad sharing chicken nuggets with the tuxedoed bride’s nephews. “Weddings are all about family, chicken nuggets and candlesticks,” laughs the artist. “These are the moments I want to capture – those little stories are powerful. When the couple sees them, they see that too. I trust myself to know what makes sense.
After the wedding, Sarah spends time cleaning up her artwork and adding pops of color. Each sketch set is beautifully packaged and contains a letter from the artist giving a guide to the stories she saw. “One wedding I sketched was in a wine bar so there was a bottle of wine in every scene. Another wedding was so cozy and graceful. was so welcoming and warm. It reflected the whole event. I incorporate those details into the illustrations, creating a theme – that’s what I saw.
Working in real time, Sarah provides a mini gallery of live wedding artwork as part of the reception entertainment. “People who have seen me work appreciate how everything is done in the moment. Couples say their guests enjoy seeing the artwork. And once the dance floor opens, Sarah turns her attention to guest portraits, adding interactive wedding entertainment.
His training in the subway is definitely paying off. In just 10 minutes, while engaging conversation starters, Sarah can draw and beautifully package her line portraits for guests to take home as unique wedding keepsakes. “It’s social and entertaining. People like to hang out with me and chat with their friends. Once it started, there is always a queue. She’s usually at an event for six hours, including an hour before the wedding to draw “static” images like the cake and room decor.
Sarah is available for weddings in the New York metro area, her hometown of Ann Arbor, MI, and destination weddings.