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!
Here I decided to try color. I think that I will try to do some 'fashion sketches'. When it comes to me and fashion I think about that quote in 'gone from the wind' - "I don't know nothing about burping no babies!" But I think that I will give fashion illustrations a try.
Okay so I could not come up with a better title for this post. Oh how I love the ball gown from the previous post! Here is another page from the same book. This time however I filled in the skirt with the computer so that I could get a sneak preview of how the painting might look.
Dress-er-cize! This is a side step AND a forward step. This is the same gown that I previously painted in red and green and posted below. I was dying to paint this gown again! Once again I used the book page and incorporated the graphic that was at the bottom of the page. What fun! The artist Sharman Owings has painted many a garment. In many of her paintings the garments are not only beautiful but she uses them to tell a unique story.
dress removed When I have more time I just might research the origin of 'the little black dress'. Yesterday I attempted to paint a black dress as 'a work of art'. It was so terrible that (like a 2 year old) I threw a mental tantrum and almost abandoned the whole 'dress project'. When I sat down (like an adult) to see how I could salvage this dress I drew ONE line and BOING! It all came together! Did Modigliani (see painting below) have these problems? Maybe I will post this dress tomorrow . . .