I thought I would share a little on my process, how I go from start to finish on a personal illustration project.
This illustration was created so that I could add new inventory to my art prints available for purchase.
I usually have some source of inspiration, and with my fashion background that inspiration usually comes from clothing. Sometimes I will create purely from my imagination but the illustration that I am going to share the process on stared with some inspiration.
I was at my doctors office last month and I saw this little clip in People Magazine with some of Michael Kors fabulous designs. I was instantly drawn to the bold colors and print, I often stick with softer colors and the most pattern I venture with is usually stripes and polka dot so I saw this as a great idea to try something new.
When I was ready to start creating I pulled up the Michael Kors image that I had snapped on my phone and kept that handy to refer back to. Then I flicked through Elle magazine and found a pose with two people in it that could give me a starting point for sketching.
I always start with an oval for the head and then work my way down, the last thing I usually draw is the face.
The sketching part usually takes me a long time because I am a bit of a perfectionist and keep my work quite tight, loosing up is something I really need to work on!
When it comes to adding paint I use a watercolor note pad to test my colors on before applying to my actual illustration. I mix my skin color first and then start applying it to all areas where skin will be shown. (tip when testing colors I always wait to see how it looks when it is dry as i can be quite different from when you first apply it.)
After painting in the skin I applied some masking fluid (you apply this to areas that you do not want your paint to go.)
When the paint around the masking fluid is dry I rub off the masking fluid with my finger, and continue working on adding paint to the illustration.
Little by little my illustration begins to come to life as I add little details.
Here are the pretty finished ladies all ready for a fabulous evening filled with cocktails and dancing. You can find a print of the illustration for sale here: https://www.etsy.com/listing/223835351/bright-flower-fashion-illustration-art?
I hope that you enjoyed having a little insight into my process!