The Perfect Paper Anniversary Gift: A Romantic Couple Portrait

ArtCorgi Commission by Elisa Moriconi Before and After

Elisa Moriconi’s cute comic portrait style is quickly becoming a popular romantic gift choice on ArtCorgi.

Andrew commissioned this piece as a rather clever way to work the traditional gift— paper— into his first anniversary gift for his wife. We love the unique approach he took with the tradition!

Backstory Behind the Piece: Q&A with Andrew

ArtCorgi (AC): What inspired you to commission this piece?

Andrew (A): I was inspired to commission a piece from ArtCorgi because our first wedding anniversary was coming up, and it seemed like a great way to create a unique gift tailored specifically for the occasion. Since the first anniversary is considered the ‘paper anniversary,’ a unique work of art seemed like a nice match that went beyond the typical cards, books, and other gifts traditionally given to celebrate the occasion.

AC: How did you decide what it would depict? When one can have literally anything drawn, we sometimes find people not knowing where to start.

A: I knew that I wanted my commissioned artwork to look more like a traditional family portrait that included me, my wife, and dog. With that in mind, I looked on the website for the artist whose style most matched my sensibility – i.e. storybook-style drawing rather than photorealistic or anime-style – and who had already done that kind of portraiture before. Once I found the artist that I liked, I trusted that she could follow the basic instructions for position, clothing, etc. that I wanted, and it would turn out similar to her past works. The resulting commission was exactly as I had hoped.

AC: What advice would you give to a friend commissioning art for the first time?

A: I would tell a friend commissioning art for the first time to provide good reference photos with all the relevant details you want to have included in your piece, and then simply trust the excellent artists to work their magic.