Hello, darlings! I'm back two fashion illustration of one Zuhair Murad dress. This blue gown is so beautiful I simply had to illustrate it twice. It makes me think of the sea, the mermaids and basically the good old 'day at the beach' vibes. There is something so liberating about spending time by the ocean, isn't there? I grew up in a coastal town, and I do miss the sea terribly. However, that is surely not the only reason why I loved this dress so much. You know, when I think Zuhair Murad the first thing that comes to my mind is- haute couture. I feel he is one of those designers who were simply meant to make couture. Do you know what I mean? Murad's designs are always so exquisite, glam and elegant. I do like his ready-to-wear collections, but there is just something about his haute couture collections that makes them stand out in the sea of others.
I already illustrated a dress by this designer (here), and with the fashion week on its way, I opted for something more recent. At the fashion week, I liked his other collection, but the couture collection was the one that really stole my heart. As soon as I saw this dress, I knew I had to drew it. So, I did. I illustrated this first look from Zuhair Muraid 2019 collection. This gorgeous blue gown is absolutely gorgeous, isn't it? I illustrated a few similar designs in the past and this is exactly what I wanted them to look like.
I tried to document the drawing process for you because I know some of you enjoy it. As for myself, I always enjoy 'work in progress' photographs of other artists, so why not take some of my own. The medium for both of these drawings is coloured pencils on paper. As you will be able to see, I first sketched them with a regular pencil, then I gently deleted most of the ordinary (grey) pencil and used coloured pencils to finish the drawing. Scroll down to see the wip photographs and tell me what do you think. Do you like both of them or is there one you prefer? If you do prefer one, tell me which one is it? I'm curious to know. I like them both, but I'm also not completely happy. Not because I think these drawings didn't come out right, I just feel I need a larger format to really capture to details. That is to say, I'm considering making another version of this dress. If I do it, that'll be the third fashion illustration of one dress, but why not?
THE FIRST FASHION DRAWING
You already had the chance of seeing this drawing on my Insta account (sorry about the quality of the photographs, we've had rain for days and it can't helped) but here are more photographs of it. This one is drawn in elongated fashion illustration style, which basically means that it is drawn with measurements that aren't completely realistic (in the elongated fashion illustration style, the head is usually tiny and the legs are exaggerated in length). Personally, I like to try different illustrating styles but I often come back to this one.
Blue and purple is such a gorgeous colour combo, isn't it? I remembered that I once drew a similar fashion design, so I browsed my blog and sure enough, I found it. Not just one! It seems that a combination of purple and blue is something I quite enjoy drawing. Scroll down to see that one and to move onto the other new fashion illustration of mine.
THE SECOND FASHION DRAWING
I tried to drew the second fashion illustration in a more realistic style (but still stylized). The medium is the same as for the first one, and so is my drawing method. I don't have a favourite between these two, but I'm happy I decided to draw two versions because I think that's always a good strategy.
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