As this is my first blog post about my journey into fashion illustration I thought it would make sense to show you how I made my blog banner. I am by no means a pro at this! Maybe it will be even more interesting for you to come along on my journey as I learn, try and err…
The specific requirements of a fashion illustration often leads artists to using mixed techniques. On one hand, you want to show a general mood, you want to leave away unnecessary lines, while on the other hand you need to show very specific details. Sure, every good fashion illustrator has his/her own, personal style and technique. I wish I was at that point already, but until then, I just have to experiment with different styles and media. I used this Blog banner to try my hand at mixing techniques and media... Here are the steps I took to get from this
The idea became more specific...
This is the rough sketch of the final. As it was all done on scrap paper, I outlined it with a marker, held it up to the window with a good quality drawing paper on top and re-drew the lines with a pencil. Using a good quality paper is just as important as making your garments with the right kind of fabric!
|I used a felt marker for the orange, to make it bolder, stronger in color. Then a fine liner for the writing, a white marker to make the highlights even stronger.|
|Not everything was planned that way, I just decided things as I went along, like the dark green between the leaves...|
|A bit of a detail here... I went back to add more shadows, oh I could have gone on doing that forever! I originally didn't plan to leave her skin without color, but I liked the "bare" paper so much that I left it.|
|It seemed a bit too bright for my banner, so I played around with my photo program, after scanning it in. I actually really like this sepia version|
|This is the final version, the colors muted a little with my iPhoto program.|
Voilá, this is how my blog banner came to life! I hope you like it!