FASHION ILLUSTRATION FRIDAY: PAINTING ON HARDBOARD AND MIXED MEDIA PAPER
Hello dear readers and fellow bloggers! Welcome to another post in the Fashion Illustration Friday category. As you might have expected, today I will show you some new fashion illustrations of mine. Moreover, I will briefly comment on advantages of certain mediums. Before we get to that I will also tell you how I ended up painting these illustrations on wooden boards. We will start with two fashion illustrations that I painted with acrylic paints (royal talens #notsponosored) on leftover hardboards. This is the first time I painted on such a surface. Naturally, you can buy hardboard for painting in art shops, but you can also try up-cycling and paint on hardboards, wooden boards, planks and scrap wood of any kind.
One day it occurred to me that someone might have some leftover hardboards or wood boards. Obviously, using something like that would automatically make my art more sustainable. So, I asked my husband to ask his friends, assuming that someone might know someone who works with wood and has some wood scraps or leftovers. It turned out that was indeed a case. My husband thought of a friend who works with wood and asked him for some. The man was more than happy to give them to me. He even asked do I want it cut in a certain size. Naturally I said any size would do. The point is really to work on leftover wood, so what ever is left off is what I'm going to use. Naturally, there are all kind of art and crafts projects one can make from scrap wood but this is one idea that came to my mind and I'm happy to share it the result. There is another portrait painting I will share today so scroll down to see it all.
PAINTING ON HARDBOARD WITH ACRYLICS
I found painting on hardboard surprisingly easy. I don't know how I didn't think of it before. Those of you following me for years know that I painted on all kinds of surfaces (for example pasta packaging) because I love doing sustainable stuff. So, I'm happy to find another sustainable medium that might work for me. I painted two fashion illustrations on hardboard surface so far, both using acrylic paints. Both of these were done quickly. Basically, I just threw some left over acrylic paints on them in between working on other (more ambitious) paintings. I really like how they came out, especially the one depicting a white lace two piece styling. I guessed I used the impasto technique even if I didn't really think of it at the time. The lace looks exactly how I hoped it would. This girl in a white outfit looks really cool, doesn't she? The second illustration also looks nice but I like the one with the white outfit more. So, I would say that painting on hardboard with acrylics isn't hard as such. I might even purchase some professional hardboard to paint on (but I plan to do more up-cycling too). Besides fashion illustrations, I also made some sea studies on the hardboards I received. I'm always looking for ways to improve my art and sometimes playing with different materials can be quite educating. The advantage of acrylics paints is that they can stick on anything. That makes them ideal for up-cycling and recycling projects.
SKETCHBOOK TOUR PREVIEW- One of these days I plan to show you the tour of all of my new sketchbooks, but that will probably take some time. I need to figure out how to do without the post taking forever to scroll (ideas welcome). Maybe it will look something like this (the photos bellow) and maybe I will make a video (or both). I haven't decided yet. Bellow these two photographs of me posing with my sketchbook there are also two digital versions of a fashion illustration that I already showed you (the girl in a red dress). However, I didn't show you the digital version of it (that I also uploaded to my redbubble shop). I'm thinking of closing my redbubble shop before I open my own shop but on that subject I'm also still undecided. For the time being, it is still open. MORE FASHION ILLUSTRATION POSTS -HERE and.... DIGITAL RETOUCHING WITH PAINT 3D, LADY IN A LILAC DRESS and BALL PAINT FASHION ILLUSTRATION. 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 FASHION ILLUSTRATION FRIDAY: DECEMBER ANOTHER ART UPDATE HERE: MARKER ILLUSTRATIONS AND DIGITAL
WATERCOLOUR PENCILS- A PORTRAIT OF A RED-HAIRED LADY
Today I also made a new portrait illustration. The medium is watercolour pencils (Staetdler #notsponosored) on mixed media paper (Royal talens, again not sponsored). I love working with watercolour pencils because they enable me to be quick. Instead of sketching with pencil first and then having to delete most of the pencil sketch to apply watercolour (so that there isn't too much graphite), I can just apply water directly and turn it into a watercolour. Using this medium feels like mixed media in itself and I love that. As for the portrait illustration, I like it but I kind of like the sketch better.
Yes, this is another case of sketch turning out better than the painting. I know I'm not the only artist that suffers from this syndrome. What do I mean by that? I mean that I actually like the initial sketch better than the finished painting. Maybe I should have just left her hair white? I don't know. I do, however, know that I love illustrating red hair. I also like illustrating what I call mermaid hair (blue, pink, lavender). However, red hair also has a mermaid connotation for me- you know Ariel. One day I will devote a whole post to ginger ladies I illustrated (most of them imaginary).
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