Further into the fashion illustration course earlier this year we learnt about various ways of adding colour to our fashion illustrations. From gauche paint, pencil and watercolour to ink, pastel and marker. We were told most illustrators use markers, but they are quite an expensive tool. I chose to use watercolour pencils, a medium I was familiar with, so I could focus on the other elements of my illustrations.
These three sketches are from February/March this year, all of them contain my own designs, sometimes with existing pieces.
The first is a grungy casual meets street chic, based around the 90's T which I found online at Outsider Tees (where I later bought the shirt...) I designed the rest of this look.
Faded mid-to-high rise boyfriend jeans, rolled to show the ankles and shoes and add some femininity. I dressed up the outfit with the leather jacket and pointed patent pumps and added a chunky orange bangle, cos why the hell not? :P
This second look was based around my love of yellow - such a fun happy colour - and statement coats. Yellow looks so fantastic with black and white so naturally I paired them, and added some grey and some statement silver jewellery. All my design.
The coat is made from thick felt and has a bold cut which is fitted when fastened with large buttons in a double-breasted fashion.
The dress is sleeveless and has a boatline neck. It features an original pattern sewn into the fabric and is worn over a sharp collared blouse. The thick chain necklace adds a modern edge.
The shoes are one of my favourite parts of this sketch - grey suede ankle boots with a metallic block heel.
I tried using pencil for the shadow in this one - had mixed feelings about the results. I also did a few touch-ups in Photoshop.
The final look was inspired by the accessories, which I found in a magazine. Unfortunately I've been unable to re-find it so can't source the pieces :( But I do remember the pictures so at least I can describe them :)
A beautiful patterned silk scarf - grey with fine lattice pattern overlaid, edged with golden and white polkadots.
The clutch is soft leather with intricate gold metalwork on the front in the shape of twisting leaves.
The sunglasses I didn't do justice so are pretty standard... need to work on those.
I designed the dress - peagreen with a print (if you look close enough) and green chiffon underskirt, sleevelets and side panels - to complement these accessories.
I've combined a few illustrations in this post so I can catch up to my new ones quicker and cover similar topics. Some drawings will still get their own posts though if necessary. Once I'm all caught up the posts should get a bit shorter... no promises though, this is the first writing I've done since school and am enjoying it quite a lot! Feedback welcome!