As the title indicated, I looked for inspiration in a couture dress. The designer I choose to illustrate is Zuhair Murad. I'm sure you all heard of him, he's super famous. Anyway, I always liked his hyper feminine designs. I've also made a video showing the process of drawing and colouring it but I decided not to post it. I'm torn as to whether or not I should make and post drawing/ painting videos at all. I'm not an art teacher. Who knows what I could be doing wrong? I can't say that my techniques are the best or the most efficient. I may be happy with the result, you may like it, someone else might buy it but who knows if I selected the most complicated way to draw or do something? I'm just not experienced enough because I've been free styling it my whole life. An art teacher could tell you what is the most simple or the most easiest way to draw or paint something. I can only share my way. Who knows if my way is time efficient or not? If someone copies my style of painting, they might end up complicating their life. I've been taking art courses for a while, but I still don't feel confident presenting 'my technique'. Maybe I'll wait for a while and then post them with a disclaimer. I don't know, I really need to think about it. Art is a very serious thing. Anyone who decided to do it, will have to spend a tons of time, energy and money on, so I don't want to put out there a video that won't be absolutely useful to the person watching it. There are already so many talented art teacher on YouTube, maybe it is better if we amateur artists don't move in on their territory? As I said, I need to think about it.
It's been a while since my last 'fashion illustration' post, right? It's been even longer since I've showed you a 'making of a fashion illustration' process. Today I'm back with a new fashion illustration. The medium is watercolour on mixed medium paper. I'm not sure about this brand of watercolous, I got it from the art gallery where I'm taking classes. I'll need to buy new ones soon, so I might check it out when I do. The paper is from a paper block from brand Strathmore, dimensions 9 inches x 12 inches (22.9 x 30.5 cm), weight: 90 lb (190 g/m2). This mixed media Strathmore block was a gift from Natalia Lianova, do check out her blog if you haven't. These papers are quite practical & easy to paint on. Besides watercolour, I've also used a bit of colour pencil to finish this watercolour painting but I'll explain why later on. For now, let me explain my painting process & logic to you.
First step is often a pencil sketch. Not always though. Sometimes I will apply watercolour directly but as you will see if you scroll bellow, I sketched this dress with pencil first and then I applied the first layer of watercolour. If you are going for a more realistic look, it is probably a good idea to sketch in pencil first. Same goes for if you're new to watercolour or not sure have you mastered it yet. Anyhow, after sketching with pencil I then applied the second layer of watercolour and then the third. Somewhere in the process, I deleted the traces of the 'original pencil' sketch. Watercolour can take a while to dry, so I like to utilize sunlight, since my home is like a glasshouse, why not? Scroll down to see more.
Here is where I started to add coloured pencils. After I had deleted the ordinary pencil, I used a coloured pencil to define the skin and make the transition easier on the eyes. If I had left the originally pencil (the gray one), obviously it would make the skin look less natural. It all depends on what you are trying to do, what kind of an effect are you trying to achieve. Here I wanted to make the dress very detailed, but I also wanted the model to look natural. If you keep scrolling down, you'll see that I took the time to do draw the hair, the eyes, the everything. It's a matter of prefrance. Some people just illustrate clothes and don't bother with the face. I like to do everything because I love that feeling of a complicated painting. But, that's just me.
Bellow is the finished product. After I was done applying layer after layer of watercolour, finishing the hair, eyes, everything with watercolour, after all that, I took a white colour pencils and just added little dots and crosses to make the dress look sparkly. The original design of the dress was like that, it was sparkly, so I wanted to mimic that. Sure, there are other ways to do it but I picked this one. All in all, I'm happy with how this fashion illustration turned out. It took me a long time to do this one, because I wanted to do the original dress justice. It is a beautiful dress and it was a pleasure to paint it. Thank you for reading!
Have a great start of the week everyone! Happy Monday!
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