A STYLIZED MINI PORTRAIT SKETCH
Today I I reached for my mini sketchbook again. I remembered this cute stylized mini portrait sketch that I haven't shared yet. When I say a stylized portrait, it means that the portrait isn't mean to be realistic. You can think of it as a creative and non-realistic portrait style. What is typically meant as stylized portrait invokes images of anime, fashion illustration, Disney or any mainstream cartoon drawing style to my mind. You know, the big or exaggerated eyes, barely there nose and puffy lips- that kind of thing. I typically draw in this style only when I'm making fashion illustrations. To tell you the truth, I'm not sure it was my intention to draw in this style for this mini portrait. In all honesty, I made this sketch to practice drawing hands and food. In addition, choosing this reference might had something to do with my sugar craving. I have temporarily cut all sugar from my diet so I'm taking comfort in illustrating sweets. I do have a sweet tooth but I'm mindful of my sugar intake and if health reasons require it, I can say no to sugar. I uploaded this illustration to my Redbubble shop.
ART TIP OF THE DAY: YOU DON'T HAVE TO STICK TO THE REFERENCE
My art tip of the day will be short and sweet. When using reference, remember that you don't have to follow it closely. Sometimes you can use a reference loosely. For example, the only thing I really wanted to take from this reference was the long spoon and the hand position. That is what attracted me to using this specific reference. I like to use my own photographs (or those taken by my husband) as a reference for two reasons. One is to avoid copyright issues, the other is that I have an actual memory of the place and that helps for a variety of reasons. So, when I want to practice illustrating, I browse my archives. If you don't have a rich archive to rely on, remember that there are specific online sites with free references for artists, painters and illustrators that you can use. I haven't used them yet, but if I ever do, I'll share my experiences. Back to the subject that is- changing up your reference to suit your idea.
As you can see, I changed a lot of things in my illustration. First, I didn't go realistic to start with. Then, I changed the colours of the outfit because I was going for spring vibes and this reference photograph is from November last year (and all about the Autumn colours). Instead of illustrating a hot chocolate drink, I illustrated strawberry and chocolate ice-cream. I also changed the position of the head a bit.
THE PROCESS OF MAKING THIS ILLUSTRATION
STEP #1- SKETCH WITH AN ORDINARY PENCIL
Bellow you can see my pencil sketch. I don't know how well you can see the pencil sketch so I added another darkened photograph underneath that should give you a general idea of how I sketched this mini portrait.
STEP #2 - SKETCHING WITH WATERCOLOUR PENCILS
The next step was sketching with watercolour pencils. As you can see, there is also some transfer from another portrait drawing I did. That happens in sketchbooks sometimes if you aren't careful.
#STEP 3- ADDING WATER TO TURN IT INTO AN AQUARELLE PORTRAIT SKETCHFinally, here is the finished look. I added water to turn it into a watercolour sketch. I even signed my name.
MORE LINKS TO MY OLDER POSTS, FOR THOSE OF YOU THAT WANT TO SEE MORE OF MY FASHION ILLUSTRATION ACTIVITY
If you like this fashion illustration and would like to see more, you have a look these similar posts: DIGITAL RETOUCHING WITH PAINT 3D, LADY IN A LILAC DRESS and BALL PAINT FASHION ILLUSTRATION. Moreover, you're more than welcome welcome to visit my previous Friday Fashion Illustration Posts:- FASHION ILLUSTRATION FRIDAY: WATERCOLOUR PENCILS -IVANA'S FASHION ILLUSTRATION FRIDAY- FASHION ILLUSTRATION FRIDAY: INSPIRED BY COLOURS OF AUTUMN- A GIRL IN A RED GOWN: FASHION ILLUSTRATION OF THE DAY-CUSTOMIZING A NOTEBOOK WITH A FASHION ILLUSTRATION- FASHION ILLUSTRATION FRIDAY: ILLUSTRATING A BLACK DRESS FROM DOLCE & GABBANA COLLECTION- 10 WAYS TO IMPROVE YOUR FASHION ILLUSTRATION SKILLS- HOW TO CREATE A 3D FASHION ILLUSTRATION DRESS WITH DRY FLOWERS?- FRIDAY FASHION ILLUSTRATION: HAT OBSESSED -FASHION ILLUSTRATION FRIDAY INSPIRED BY SUMMER STYLE- FASHION ILLUSTRATION FRIDAY: SUMMER TO AUTUMN TRANSITION- FASHION ILLUSTRATION FRIDAY: ILLUSTRATED TOTE BAGS-FASHION ILLUSTRATION FRIDAY: HAT OBSESSED - FASHION ILLUSTRATION FRIDAY: NEW AUTUMN INSPIRED ART FASHION ILLUSTRATION FRIDAY: MY INSPIRATIONS
ANOTHER ART UPDATE HERE: MARKER ILLUSTRATIONS AND DIGITAL
BEFORE THAT: FIVE WATERCOLOUR PORTRAITS
BEFORE THAT: ACRYLIC ON CANVAS, BLIDINJE MOUNTAIN CHURCH
INSPIRED BY MICA, SHEILA AND BLAIR + my previous INSPIRED BY POSTS starting with the most recent ones:
.......AND: INSPIRED BY VIX (COLOURED PENCILS)INSPIRED BY SHANAZ AND MARISA (2020) INSPIRED BY FASHION BLOGGERS 2016 INSPIRED BY SELVAGGIA AND PAOLA 2019 INSPIRED BY MELODY JACOBS 2018 INSPIRED BY NATALIA 2018 INSPIRED BY JODIE'S TOUCH OF STYLE 2018 INSPIRED BY JESSICA 2018 INSPIRED BY TIJANA 2018 INSPIRED BY 2017 EDITION INSPIRED BY 2016 EDITION INSPIRED BY 2015 EDITION INSPIRED BY...SEVEN FASHION BLOGGERS 2014 EDITION
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