… Some minutes before I go to class, I’m making sure I update my blog with an illustration I’m pretty glad to post! This is from a backstage photograph of Abbey Lee Kershaw before a Chanel Haute Couture S/S ’10, which comes to reminds us it’s a couple of seasons late , perhaps several of you have already seen it; but it was just too good to let it pass, and I utterly adore backstage pictures of models (especially where they don’t smile and pose and stare and…. high fashion hahaha) and have a very serious obsession with them right now, having this one caught my attention for her easy pose and graciousness. So I decided to paint it I and really hope you like it. It looks somewhat better in real colors than it does here, that’s because scanning is not yet my trade, and Photoshop and adjustements…. well I increase vibrancy, color tones… sometimes levels, brightness/contrast. I need help with photo retouching! Can I get some tips on that?
What do you think?
I am right now drinking a hot cup of coffee, reminding myself of several things to do before 8am tomorrow and how very tiresome tasks they are. But there’s always fun in here, and in order to dwell into very exquisite thoughts and fashion just before I hit the maths and preliminary sketches for architectural design, I am taking a minute or so of this lovely afternoon to post my version of the famous little black dress so that I can offer society just another example of how Madame Chanel twisted our lives. It’s simple and it’s layered, and the first layer is a see-through fabric so you can have a glimpse of the girl’s legs. So that’s hot. And it’s black. I’m still considering if it’s that “little.”
Hope you like it.
I have a great post for today which is my very first formal portrait! :O It’s a painting that’s intentionally not portraying anyone so any resemblances to a character live or dead is purely coincidental haha! I initially thought her bitchy stare might promise an air of Blair Waldorf’s, but I don’t find it anymore. What d’you say?
On producing it… well, it was preliminarily sketched during class and the decision to regenerate it into a very colorful girl turned out, to my humble opinion, quite satisfactory, as I’m not very used to drawing, or worse, painting faces. The technique is oil and watercolor after a rather quick pencil sketch that showed the main features and the dress design. As I painted, and moved up from the dress to the face, more detailing had to be dealt with and I used my finest brushes to do the eyes and mouth and had to look up for face illustrations and photography from where to take anything good that could help to enhance a personality. I think the shadows came out good. All the colors are also applied very spontaneously so I don’t really mull over what I expect it to look in the end. I…….never do. If it turns out wrong then I might do it again but only the clothing design and never the pose or scenario (if any!), but that’s a rare case, repeating, and it really depresses me when it happens. It’s big help having a what-does-not-destroy-me-makes-me-stronger philosophy so I can just dispel all negativity and move on. Anyway this is more gibberish than anything else. Hope you like it. 🙂
The illustrations posted today are my favorites, as I think I have evolved my art and that’s super to me. I like and try to post them in order, oldest to newest, and have to mention that I cannot pull off anything anymore without a little of oil paints in it. I just love the results with oil, but still use watercolor for bases and I do it over watercolor paper so it’s a mess in here. The climate here is or was very chill and that inspired me quite a bit more, but then I also love sunny days. I’ve not much to say today, and my sister said the earlier long post was kinda boring so that definitely minimized my singing voice. 😦 I just hope I can bring more to say next time, even though this one should be a long post, it represents a lot to me, but I do hope it can speak out for itself in the end. Opinions, suggestions and commentaries, all very welcome!
I have also bugged several of my architect friends into subscribing to my blog, so that’s one thing to boast ’cause I think I’ve a few subscriptions right now 😀 (yay– you should also subscribe!!), plus my sister who publicly denies her fanness to this site, um… and yeah! Saturday night I almost fell off the stool in a bar I was hanging out, when I checked my WordPress app and to my dismay and utter shock saw 70 views for my “In Color Era Pt I” post! (secretly giggles for her little victory).
I will soon be posting a little photo (it’s Blackberry, no hopes for that) of my aforementioned architect friends who help overcome the stress and tension of this hectic world.
P.S. I don’t like posting way too large photos , but you can always click on it and the picture is a bit larger. I reduced these to 80%……… not that anyone actually cares about that hahaha.
This last one is a bit more elaborate! I keep getting positive reactions to this one but I’m not sure I can handle backgrounds yet……… what do you think?
Thanks to the wonderful services of my lovely friend Claudia who lent me her scanner and had her hit the scan button a zillion times, I could upload my illustrations. Only yesterday, however, did I notice that one of them hadn’t scanned out. Because I’m still scannerless, I post a picture from the missing one, and edited it a bit in photoshop, I just didn’t want to wait any longer. 🙂