Colorful Illustrator and hand lettering artist
Dear Darling is a Maryland Based Lettering and Illustration studio that's determined on making your event one of a kind.
We love working with couples of all races, genders, faiths + cultures.
Darra is a color loving illustrator and lettering artist from Baltimore, MD. Her work is always full of love and light and lots of rainbows! Darra has been making art for over a decade, and full time for 3 years now. She is well versed in many mediums including acrylic, watercolor, pen and ink and digital drawing and painting. Even though her mediums and subjects always seem to change (mostly because she is so creative and wants to try everything!) her work is always recognizable due to her ROYGBIV color palette!
Her unique style has helped her gain a social media following of over 10,000 people, gotten her sponsorships from major art supply brands and even helped her become Bee Paper's featured artist for February 2019. Her wedding work has also been featured on high end wedding blogs like Style Me Pretty and Southern California Bride.
Darra uses her unique style to bring more soul into the wedding and event décor industry. By making those unique pieces she's gotten to work on over 450 weddings & events, all over the world, in the last 3 years! When she's working with a client, she wants to make sure that their personality SHINES through in the pieces she creates. She's not afraid to think outside of the box to make your event one of a kind.
Why should you hire me?
With so many people picking up calligraphy nowadays, why should you hire me? Well, if you're looking for faux calligraphy, I'm not your girl. If you're looking for someone to copy something you've seen on Pinterest, I'm not your girl. I am an artist with her own individual style. I have spent years developing my calligraphy style and I am super proud of it. I work with traditional pointed pen and ink, to create a romantic and modern look, with a nod to the traditional calligraphy we all love. I love working with alternative surfaces and colors, and having an original outlook on wedding calligraphy has allowed me to work on over 450 weddings, in 3 years, all over the world!
I have lettered on everything you can imagine! From agate slices, to shells, to acrylic to wood, I always find a way to make it happen. I believe that your personality should show through at your wedding or event. The little details are the best way to make that happen! Your color palette and design elements are what make the event YOURS! I love hearing my client's vision, and making it a reality for them.
I am not just a calligrapher, I am an artist. Before I picked up calligraphy, I was an illustrator and fine artist for a decade. I love mixing my illustration background with calligraphy for events. I've done illustrated table numbers based off of a bride's favorite mythical lands. I've done portrait place cards, to give each guest a hand painted portrait of themselves as a wedding favor. I love getting to put those painting and drawing skills to work!
So, you should hire me if you want something unique. If you want someone that's going to do their absolute best to make your vision a reality. If you want something outside of the "wedding box". You should hire me if you love color, if you want to make sure that your event shows who you are and what you care about.
I would absolutely love to work on your wedding or event and cannot wait to dream up something magical with you!