FASHION ILLUSTRATION FRIDAY: ILLUSTRATING A BLACK DRESS FROM DOLCE & GABBANA AUTUMN COLLECTION
Today I'm sharing a new fashion illustration with you. The dress I illustrated is a Dolce & Gabbana creation from Autumn/Winter 2018/2019 collection. Speaking of which, how did you like the collection? Are you a fan of this designer duo? This is not the only black dress from that collection that caught my eyes, but it's the one I deemed the prettiest. The black dresses from this D&G collection are definitely eye candy. In the past I have illustrated this brand a couple of times. If you want to see more of mine D&G inspired fashion illustrations, you can check out some out here and here.
The fashion illustration I'm sharing today is a mixed media, coloured pencils and watercolour on paper. I prepared a few photographs of the 'making of' process and a short description of the drawing and painting process. Scroll down to see and learn more. On overall, I'm happy how this turned out. I'm even considering gifting it to somebody. It's neither a super detailed realistic creation or an extremely artistic illustration, but it's definitely more than a simple fashion sketch. I did put some time and effort into it. Not a terrible amount of time and effort but I did put some thought into it and I think it looks nice enough to be showed. Since I'm hoping to start a new ' Friday Fashion Illustration' feature, it makes sense to post it here, doesn't it?
MAKING OF A FASHION ILLUSTRATION
THE SKETCHING PROCESS IN 3 STEPS
As I said, this is a mixed media illustration. First I sketched the body and the dress outline with an ordinary pencil, then I coloured the body with a coloured pencils in a brown shade. I choose a body pose that I like and I went with it. Typically when I want to illustrate a runaway look, I don't like to rely only on photographs because it is hard to see the details (such as how the fabric falls) on a frozen image. That is why I like to sit down and watch the entire show on the YouTube. I usually mute it because I'm not a fan of modern music, but I do pay attention. There is something fun about selecting a runaway look to illustrate and waiting for it to hit the stage.
The second thing I did was to add more details. I illustrated a sheer dress so I had to make sure to convey that. I colour the darker undergarments with a black pencil and drew the details that were to represent sheer tulle material. I coloured them with a black pencil just a little bit. As you can see, I've also drew some other details, such as the fish net stockings and the gloves with a black pencil.
Finally, I coloured the dress with watercolours. I tried to capture the material that way. I also painted some details such as the eyes and the hair with the watercolours. I think that adding the watercolour was the right thing to do. I even added a blue background (that for some reason seemed appropriate). And that is how this mixed media illustration was made! Let me know what you think.
I'd also like to thank you for all your support and get better wishes. They are very much appreciated. It's been a stressful period for me, health problems and some other things, but hopefully the difficult times are coming to an end. I promise to catch up with your blogs when I can. Speaking of which, I'll probably blog less frequently in the time to come and spend less time on social media. Have a fantastic weekend everyone!