… 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. 🙂
Well I’m sorry for the scanner thing… I just haven’t found one available for me. I’m sorry for myself and for the happy reader I hope to get. It’s true that I could pay for the service, but that would require spending money which I think it’s completely innecessary and besides there are several of them (drawings) and would love to just do it myself and have the time I need to properly get it done, without the guy thinking it’s perfect and rushing me into paying.
But even though I have already started classes again, I have been doing sketches, and rather a bit more elaborate, painting them and trying to render them as cool as I can -I actually can’t wait to post them and have people comment on them and help me to get better. Nothing better than direct and anonymous critics, right? -and inspiring myself a lot from the latest shows for S/S 2011 in style.com…. a lot! 😀 Which comes as both good and bad. But not bad as such, just bad that it can get too much into what I’m drawing or painting. But at the end it’s good, because it all adds up to the whole thing of knowing of fashion and grasping it better… just reaching a bit more into a designer’s world. Thoughts that are spoken to you in a series of clothings that will be telling a story you should grasp in whatever way you can. So when drawing a part of it, it all adds up in your subconscious and that’s a way of educating oneself. It really comes to being education, just that. And what better to learn, tell me, than by illustrating off the runway?
In these meditations, I will wrap up by telling you that after catching up with some of the collections I haven’t yet enjoyed, I will go off to bed but not before reading a few more pages of my spanish version of Crime and Punishment 😛
I’ll try to post these little illustrations in a short while 🙂