To be honest, I don’t really know what this lovely lady’s actual name is, but I’ve been doing enough Spanish lately to think her name should be Risa. With darker shadows or skin tones it can be difficult to not let the graphite get “muddy”. I had to work hard to get the right amount of contrast to make her pop off the page, but not overwork the dark sections. I’m pleased with the result.
Finished this fellow last week! I really loved working on the different textures presented in this piece. I think this is the first beard I ever had to draw! It is great when there are some unique elements in a piece I don’t always get to experience.
Another illustration playing with some denim textures. I saw this outfit on an Insta story by another fashion illustrator TravelWriteDraw and couldn’t help but draw it!
Found this image of Micah Gianneli (a fashion blogger) and thought the outfit and pose were super cool. Still getting the hang of my new markers, but things are going a little smoother now. I’m starting to better understand color combos for denim and skintones.
Lately I’ve gotten back into more portrait art. Above is a piece I finished around Christmastime. I have been focusing the majority of my energy on fashion illustration in the past year, but as the new year has come around I realized how much I miss working on portraits. I’ve decided to make this a bigger part of my focus and business #2017goals. I have some plans in the works and I’m excited to see how it all goes!
Recently I decided to switch my marker brand over to Copic. I have loved my Prismacolor markers, but am at the point where the majority of them are drying up and I want to go another direction. It is definitely a new experience and a bit of a learning curve with the differences in color shades, but I’m really enjoying them! You will be seeing more Copic illustrations in the future.
Hi All! Today’s illustration I’m really excited about because I’ve been starting to work on backgrounds for my illustrations! I have never really worked at putting a subject in a specific setting, but now I’m going to change that. While I’ve had a lot of missteps and ruined pieces already, I’m determined to press on!
Feel free to follow my Instagram for in progress shots and the first look at my new illustrations!
I have been painfully remiss about blogging the past month. I wanted to post this one around Christmas, but with family time and festive events I never got around to it.
As I start the new year, I can easily focus on all the things that I should have done last year and all the things I want to accomplish this year, but I’m not going to do that. I’m going to be thankful for all the things that I have learned and experienced in 2016. I’m sure there will be a lot of new learning experiences in 2017, and I am looking forward to creating more art to share.
Happy New Year!
This weekend I decided to jump back into some marker illustration. I saw this Miu Miu ad in Vogue and thought the model had such a cool vibe that I had to draw her.
I decided to do another fashion portrait painting while working on some more painting techniques. This one isn’t my favorite, but every painting I create I learn something new, so I’ll take that as a win!