As I mentioned before I am trying to improve my painting and drawing skills. It was very delightful to paint this little vintage dress using the 'matisse colors' you see below. This is an acrylic painting on 8x10 canvas board.
As you know, in order to improve my drawing and painting skills I have been 'painting project runway' and 'sketching project runway'. But this week - the challenge was to paint 'a little flirty red dress'. I think this dress looks a little flirty. I love the bodice!
You know, one fashionista who could have been on the judging panel was . . .
None other than Matisse. He sometimes painted women with a couture look and a flirty style! So, the next challenge is to paint a dress using the color palette of this beautiful Matisse painting . . . My little dress using this yellow, orange, blue and light tangerine/pink palette is so cute that I can't wait to finish it!
Previously I mentioned Experimental Dress Art. I saw these photos today on Pinterest by designer Manish Arora. Wow! Don't they put you in the mood to do some EXPERIMENTAL DRESS ART? Again - we have talked about tools of the trade when it comes to illustration. Of course - a modern day tool is the computer. That is how I added the butterflies and the background to the sketches above!
As an artist you can be inspired by your favorite artists and you can experiment with every technique and style - but you must find your own unique voice. And for some (like me) that can take time. Typically I like to do a very controlled drawing where each line is as perfect as I personally can get it. That is when I am the most happy.
On the other hand, I like very loose paintings and drawings but I don't consider myself as being very good at this style of art. I love the beautiful illustrations of artist Charles Jeffrey (below). In the last post I mentioned the tools of the trade. Of course in illustration you can also use oil pastels and watercolor crayons as I did in the drawing above.
I'm showing you this drawing again because it has a bit of color. Mainly I was working on the drape of the dress and the little fashion boot.
Speaking of color . . . if you are going to be an illustrator you certainly need the tools of the trade. The photo below is from the book Fashion Design Workshop by Stephanie Corfee. Her list includes PROFESSIONAL markers, PROFESSIONAL grade colored pencils and so forth. Well, for the most part - I think that I believe that professional grade is better - more saturation of pigment - easier application?
The artist of this beautiful illustration is Ladiga Baiba. She certainly demonstrates how you can create a beautiful illustration using markers. . .
Hello dress artists and illustrators! In this drawing I was working on the 'draping' of the dress. I love the shoe! As you can see from the photos below - artwork based on fashion will ALWAYS look great hanging on the wall! This is the art of fashion illustrator Megan Hess.
Hello dress artists, illustrators and fashion illustrators! It's been a loooong time since I have posted here. I have gotten my skill level up just a bit which I am very happy about! I like the dress, the shoe and that little bit of collage too! You know, even in this age of photography 'they' say that magazine illustration is coming back in a big way. People absolutely LOVE fashion illustrations - so I wish that this was true! Thank goodness there will ALWAYS be a need for beautiful artwork based on fashion!