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?

That Little Black Dress


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.

My First Imaginary Portrait

Fashion Illustrations, Little Fashion Paintings

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. 🙂

In Color Era Pt. II

Fashion Illustrations, Little Fashion Paintings

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.

Johana Kafie.

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?

In Color Era Pt.I

Fashion Illustrations, Little Fashion Paintings

I’m Back… and on the verge of entering my endless bits of Terrorland, and on the rim of submerging into Torture Sea of Architecture, I am here posting the freshest of my little paintings, which have been stored for a while now. The ones I will be posting today are the oldest of the freshest, done probably around easter time, and somewhere there between the hotness of the air and the bossa covers of the Rolling Stones.

During that time, or before (I should start dating everything) I had bought one of those sketch notebooks you find everywhere and decided I was going to start producing a sort of journal of formal drawings and creations of whichever sort that would serve like a watch-me-learn album. Well, that didn’t happen. Not a bit. But don’t get me wrong! Yes, the book is halfway done with doodles of the most horrible species! But let’s not get into that. It’s very personal…. almost deadly.
Anyway, what I don’t know is, if my savage liberation took place in my Académie notebook or in the wildness of college life. In any case, my paintings follow this nasty era, and came out, I dare say in aesthetically pleasing little fashion illustrations, but please do judge this hypothesis, of course! These  first ones came out after making a quick sketch, focusing on producing more lean figures and refining the thicker legs I was previously doing, and then painting with watercolors and detailing it later with pencil colors and Steadtler fineliners for the outline in order to produce a bit of contrast and render it rather as illustration than anything else. The first one is inspired in nothing really, or probably in trees. Yeah, that could be. Studying architecture ultimately leads to produce some quality trees and shrubs I actually relish in painting now 🙂 And thinking about it, this is probably an epilogue to one of my terms, when I had just finished making several plans using watercolors and then I just made the sketch and had it look like a shrub! Yeah it’s that simple…

The second (i.e. the purple one) is the newly-appelled Purple Tree and is basically a sequel to the same forest of lionesque models. And speaking of models I’m really in a state of “model fever” and happen to be recruiting the best of the pictures from magazine editorials and advertisements that come to my possession which result much too inspiring to let them pass. I wish I could post later on some of my favorite inspirational photos;  only thing is, the tiny fact that those pictures are obviously not mine daunts the hell out of me, and law infringements are a thing I don’t fully handle yet. As for myself I don’t carry a camera with me wherever I go and even if I did chances are slight that I’d find anything interesting, our environment doesn’t quite favor these goûtes. I’m really into photography right now, and street style is something I’m definitely looking at. Never thought street photos could be so inspiring.

I also tried remaking three of Laura Laine’s illustrations, it was first just to educate myself a bit more, like an exercise. 

I’ve always learned by copying stuff and I just love her style. But then I liked just how one came out, the other two are not worth showing and are rather unfinished so I scratched those from the list. This is one (right) she did for Rad Hourani and you can see the original in her official website. I just added some color so that it didn’t look way too similar. 😛

In any case, I moved on to some other styles and fashion and you’ll notice I’m sadly not entering into any artistic technique, movement or anything of the sort, I think I’m still finding my own. Ha!

You must also consider that if I don’t officially say so 🙂 I do not use any direct photo or person I draw from, I just inspire myself out and about and then draw something in my mind’s eye. I didn’t know much anything about pose some while ago, and it still doesn’t come out as fast as I could wish but it’s one of many things to learn well.

Only the first two  and the last were pure watercolor. All the other ones used oil paint too. I’m missing one I should be posting tomorrow or the day after.

The latest I’ve been doing (not here) have more directness with photo use, and I will prefer it for a while, as I think that being an amateur, and having lots to learn, should be styling out from photos rather than my own, and more when I think that sometimes I’m stuck and not growing as an artist, is when I realize the source of inspiration is not being properly administered 😀 and I believe that holds true for anybody!

Um, just to finish off, I just hope you actually read the above post. 😀