Abbey Lee Kershaw

Fashion Illustrations, Little Fashion Paintings

… 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?

Old sketches :)

Old Fashion Sketches

Long before I even realized I had some utter fascination for fashion illustration I kept drawing mermaids and princesses and fantasy ladies all covered up in fancy dresses and jeweled bras and exotic hair-does rather from not knowing how to draw hair than from anything else. I continually kept sketching my school notebooks and stuff with cartoons and fairies which kept me busy in free hours. It was not until very recently that I discovered what I was doing was called fashion illustration…WOOWW Yeah it caught me by surprise. Then I started frequenting nasty places like David Downton and Laura Laine and other miscellaneous targets that really gave me a bad headache. *slap

And that’s the whole story. But in the meantime check out these ones I bring up today.

And while these are old for about two years (?) I am somehow trying to upload the newest which do not differ that much from these oldies except for the addition of color :O Yess and it does add a lot to the final look  and definitely people do have a better reaction towards a colored sketch than the pencil ones I am posting today. However these first impressions, you will notice my first intentions to produce more realistic renderings of clothes. Not anymore. I fully embrace the idea that I’ve evolved from worrying over delivering realistic, appropriately shaded forms and fabrics to just painting the more important regions of the outfit, even though i still maintain a good outline of the body for I have always loved drawing poses and have strived (not much) in getting better and better at drawing the female form. It is therefore a rather painful experience to completely obliterate the drawing process to just stay with sheer pigment; I am not experienced and my drawing skills are founded merely on the efforts of my youthful free times (class periods) so  for me, drawing is exhilarating whenever I remember that the whole process I learned by myself (I obviouly still learn at every sketch I do). So that red dress from my previous post is by far the most edgy of them all in the sense of these artistic movements, if any movement I am allowed to be in.

Anyhow, I am glad to present these few which might be included in two posts since my images will need to be resized? I have to search some tips on handling images in here. I don’t want to clog my library in two posts!