Big thanks to everyone who read last post! It really means a lot to me and I’m glad that I wrote and shared a bit of my Aunt’s story with you. I have a bunch of posts lined up for you guys, but let’s start with a staring post. I haven’t showed a new WIP in a loooong time, so I snapped some pics for you when I created the Koala illustration. From sketch to final painting…let the staring begin!
As you can see, the differences towards the end are quite subtle and unfortunately the camera doesn’t really captures this. In real life you can see it all much, much better!
Keep a close eye on my Etsy Shop please! I know I haven’t been persistent with promoting it, got a lot going on the last few weeks and I’m juggling my time the best I can, but I will update it with new art, original work AND there will be a discount coupon thingy ^_^
Until we meet again…Ciao!
Okay, I shall share a sneak peek of what went on in my brain when I created the Red Dress illustration.
After doing a bit of research I wanted to try and see if I could paint a flowy dress. It’s all about leaving highlights and creating shading for movement and it’s linked to the small project with my sister (which I’ll tell more about next time). So I grabbed my brushes and started. No wait, I grabbed a pencil and sketched out a base…then I started painting hehe. The painting of the dress went surprisingly well and then…the head got messed up. I totally drew it too small, but it looked fine when I sketched it out. So rude of my own perspective. This was the first dress.
So I kept staring at the empty area, where the head would be, so I did the following….I started whining at Cilla (my sister who is a Fashion Beauty Guru lady) that I messed it up. She was sitting on the couch and I sat at the dining table waving my arms from side to side, going like ‘Cillaaaaa! Cillaaaaa I messed it up! The head is tooo smalll! I messed it up!!!!‘
Yeah *ahem*. Let’s continue. I re-drew it again and painted it with a more intense red and I double checked if the head was correct. But another problem started floating around. I did not like the head I drew nor the hairdo. It didn’t fit the feeling I wanted the painting to have. However everything did match this time, but still not quite right.
Yes….I did what any normal person would do. I whined again. “Cillaaaaa! OMG! The hairdo is annoying me!! I messed up again! I do like the dress though, but the haaaaiiirrr! OMG“
Yeah. Some whining can be needed to get the frustrating out of my system and I think I used a stronger word to express how I messed up again, but I don’t want you guys to faint…my apologies, Cilla.
So I just put everything aside and proceeded to paint what now is known as Jello Lady. I’ll give her a few siblings I think.
So after I got that out of my system. I picked up the first one and started sketching out a head again. I erased quite a few times, so the area was greyish, but finally I got a head I was more pleased with. I decided to edit it in Photoshop a bit to see if I liked the outcome.
I did, but the face still looked too ‘muddy’ even after enhancement in Photoshop. Plus, I wanted to have a good painting that I could sell, so I completely re-drew and re-painted it again, giving you the end result below. These are some close-ups. You can see the complete edited version in previous post.
So do you guys like one dress better than the other? One head better than the other? Let’s compare and please do tell!
I need to work on my picture taking skills…hehe. Hope you liked this little peek in the mind of well..me. If you have questions, just list them below and don’t forget to check back to see if I answered them. I’ll do my best to answer them as soon as I can.