Savor The Date

San Francisco, California · 2 Sales


Savor The Date

San Francisco, California 2 Sales On Etsy since 2009

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Toby Simon

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Toby Simon


Portraits for the Loverly

I began drawing in kindergarden, filling sketchbooks with self portraits, comic strips and Walt Disney characters. In high school I took my first nude figure drawing class and fell in love with the art of capturing poses. Quick gesture drawings or longer detailed studies, I just loved learning how to construct the human form.

The classes continued throughout college and soon after graduating I created my first custom illustrated save-the-date announcement for my brother's friend. Soon more and more people I knew were getting married and suddenly I had several orders in the pipeline. Hating to charge friends of the family, I decided the way to make money from this skill was to turn it into an official business. A business it became, and now I'm having as much fun as ever with figure drawing, even if - so far - all of my brides and grooms have opted to wear clothes.

Each illustration is hand drawn and printed in full color on sturdy cover weight cardstock. What sets my work apart is the amount of detail I put into each illustration. I thoroughly consider every aspect of your photos – from poses and gestures to backgrounds and atmosphere – to create a truly unique composition. I work with you closely to ensure you get the most out of your portrait, incorporating pets, hobbies, hairstyles, accessories, clothing, occupation, and location. The result is a save the date, invitation or greeting that is bursting with your colorful personality!

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  • Toby Simon

    Owner, Designer, Maker, Illustrator, Printer

    I live in San Francisco with my husband and very inquisitive daughter, Mona. When I'm not on the playground I'm sitting at my drawing table, sketching human forms or letterforms. OR at the sink washing the ink off my fingers.

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Last updated on February 3, 2011

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