Yesterday I was wondering about how I could thank my dear readers for all of their support and then it occurred to me that I could host an art giveaway. Nobody has ever complained about getting free art- not that I know of. Besides, it has been a while since my last art giveaway, hasn't it? I have made some new art recently so the time seems right. Yesterday I posted my first fashion illustration of the year on Instagram (after not using this platform for months and was surprised that so many people still remember and follow my account). Anyhow, I'm here with a new art giveaway that will include not one but three watercolour paintings. I decided to include a painting from yesterday's post in this giveaway as well. The start of a new year always makes me want to be more productive.
|fashion illustration work in progress|
THE RULES OF THE GIVEAWAY
The rules of this giveaway are very simple. You should write why you want these paintings. It doesn't have to be an essay, one or two sentences can be long enough. You don't have to follow me on any social platform, you can stay anonymous if you wish. You don't even have to leave a blog comment. You can email me at ivana.kardua instead of leaving a blog comment. Whatever method do you prefer. Just write why you should get these paintings and I'll pick an answer I like. When I select a winner, I'll get in contact to ask you for your address. You can also email me your address right away and I might consider you for a future art giveaway. If you want a free painting of mine you can always ask for it, and I'll see if I can afford to give it away or not.
|New paintings available in my art giveaway|
DIOR FALL 2018, WATERCOLOUR FASHION ILLUSTRATION
Let's start with the first fashion illustration I'll be giving away. It is also the first illustration I have painted this year. As you will be able to see once you scroll down, I used an ad from Dior as an inspiration for this fashion illustration. This ad is from 2018 Dior Fall editorial. Lovely editorial it was. This Dior tote bag is quite something, isn't it? I also love their new tote bags from 2019 cruise collection (here), but the price not so much. I think I'll stick with my own tote bags, thank you. Anyhow, another thing I love about this editorial look is the dark blue suit. The cut is very classical but it feels modern at the same time. You know I'm a sucker for wide trousers, don't you? There is always something so elegant about them. I believe Jennifer Lawrence modeled for this Dior campaign, and it looks like she even got a bag with her own name for the new 2019 campaign.
I've also decided to include some 'making of' photographs in case you're interested in that. If you scroll down, you'll be able to see how the original pencil sketch looked like. Like I do often, first I drew a sketch in pencil, and then I filled it up with watercolour. I used coloured pencil for some details, but it's mostly watercolour on paper. This fashion illustration took me about an hour to finish because I applied a few layers of watercolour (maybe too much? I hope not) and there were some details that I needed to take care of. However, as I'm happy with how I turned out, I don't mind that I put in some extra work. It feels nice to have finally taken the time to do a proper fashion illustration. It's been a while since I was able to do that. People often ask me is it hard to draw fashion illustrations? Well, it is not very hard, but it's not easy either. You need to be mindful of proportions. It also helps if you know what you want. Like with everything, practice makes it easier. I wrote more about it in my fashion illustration post.
GIRL WITH CLOSED EYES WATERCOLOUR PAINTING
The next painting I'm sharing is more whimsical and less realistic. It is not a fashion illustration even if it depicts a girl in a red dress. It's really more about the feeling, then about the clothes. I wanted for this painting to have a fairy-tale quality. I didn't drew the sleeping beauty, but the girl I drew has her eyes closed. I wouldn't say she is sleeping, though. It's more like she is relaxing. You know what they say, the most important things in life are invisible to eyes. I actually planned to paint only the face with closed eyes but then I changed my mind and painted the body and the dress. I used pencil to sketch the face but no pencil for the rest of the painting. I applied several layers of watercolour on the face and the hair, aiming to make the details visible but the rest of the painting is not detailed at all, the dress and the background is aimed to fade away. I'm not sure how long it took me to finish this painting because I didn't exactly time myself. My guess is about half an hour or maybe even less. I'm pretty sure it didn't took me a long time or I wouldn't have been able to finish both of these paintings yesterday.
|Photograph taken under natural sunlight, no editing.|
|Fashion Painting Vs. Whimsical Painting|
How do you like these two paintings? Which one do you prefer? For me it is hard to compare these two, because not only is the theme different but they're painted in a different styles. They do have two things in common. They are both watercolours and I painted them both yesterday.
|Photograph taken under natural sunlight|
YESTERDAY'S WATERCOLOUR PAINTING IS ALSO INCLUDED IN THIS GIVEAWAY!
A GIRL WITH BIG EYES AND LONG HAIR
|Photograph taken under natural sunlight, no editing|