This is a portrait I had done a while ago, very shortly after the “First Imaginary Portrait” post. I like and feel comfortable with three-quarter profiles. You do notice my girls look sad, right?! That has to do with how heavy the eyelid is drawn, but that’s ok, I’m still getting into face business. And I for the most part believe that sad eyes= fashion. Oh and I did forget to sign it!
I did say some time in the past that I
disliked hated black and red together. Maybe it had to do with several other circumstances which I shall not detail. But I had to come out of that irrationality eventually and last year I had this great idea of doing an illustration using solely black, red and white colors. I do think it turned out rather interesting, kind of decorative. Hope you like it.
Oh sure, this happened while my Balmain fever was taking its toll!
As far as I am from trying to apologize why I wouldnt’t post for so long, I must admit it’s been quite a few months of pure distraction from the art stuff. I mean, not really, as a romantic, I’m always daydreaming about fashion and fabrics and painting…. really, with all these past shows there were some very intense times when I just wanted to grab a brush and smear down some red and blue pigments or draw lacey patterns and cute flowery motifs………….But, you know, things are oh so complicated and it’s just very hard to-
Ok NOT REALLY.
So getting back into business (who knows for how long) I’m hoping the best from the reader (if there’s still any out there) so he will appreciate my new illustration. It’s just a green chiffon or something sheer, I don’t knowww ok? So it’s romantic, and very summery. It’s been there for some time, lost among a tangle of papers begging to be painted on. This one should come in somewhere with the older faceless illustrations.
… 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 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. 🙂