Laze And Valeria

lv24″ x 32″. Drawing on azure mat board.

Composition made up from 5 different photographs. Phillip Carrero.


Laze’s best friend had this drawing commissioned to be his wedding present to the newlywed couple.

As it usually happens on wedding day, it became hectic since early hours of the morning. Yet, the pictures I was asked to do a drawing from were of course from the end of the day. Trouble was at that time beautiful Valeria eyes were a bit tired, for lack of a better word.

So, the final composition had Valeria at 9 am as she was dressed into the wedding gown. Then an afternoon picture with her next to Laze in the afternoon at the reception. Then Laze’s jacket had to be lightened up to see the intricate pattern on his vest. So far three different pics.

They had their photo shoot under the Sydney Harbour Bridge and overlooking the Sydney Opera House, of which I chose the later. I wanted the reflections on the water that look so attractive and pretty. Trouble is that at night you’d see the reflections but wouldn’t see the Opera House. Conversely during the day, you would see the Opera Hose but not the reflections on the water…

“The artist is the master of his own creation” became my motto that day. The final drawing shows both Opera House and the lights and buildings reflected on the water. If you look at it from opposite, that is the Overseas terminal dock where they were, you would only see reflections from a work of art… not unlike this one.