I wanna ask you, what do you love to do?? I really encourage you to take some time today, and think about you love to do. We are all trying to make it, work work work ( like Rihanna would say) , and we forget the things we love to do, we get so caught up sometimes that those things that made us happy one day, we don’t pursue anymore.
Since I was little I loved to draw, I was fortunate to graduate two years ago from FIDM (Fashion Institute of design & merchandising). I specialized in fashion design because I was always interested in how things were made, and the process of how fashion came alive. I have to be honest, I did not have a life, I was always busy, had many projects but it was worth it. One of the things that I learned & became really good at, was illustration. It has been really hard for me to find a job in the fashion industry, I have been able to do some freelance jobs, but I would like something more stable. In the middle of trying to adult, and trying to make it, I forgot one of the things that I love to do the most. Which is drawing, specially sketching looks from fashion shows, or awesome outfit photographs that I find on Pinterest.
So this week I started to dedicate one hour to sketching , and I am currently working on a menswear series, I love menswear and I know one day I will be able to design for them. As for now I’ll keep sketching and applying, believing that one day someone will appreciate my work and give me a chance.
This are some of the tools and magazines that I use for my projects. I really like to mix markers, and paint so the drawings can look more alive, it also adds variety and a cool touch to it.
This is the original photograph I found on Pinterest, I loved the color, and how cool his outfit looked.
Photograph from GQ-Magazine.co.uk
I used a light A2 pencil to sketch the drawing, it helps to draw with a light pencil because, it’s easier to erase in case there is a mistake.
For the jacket I had to mix white, blue and green to make the color teal, if you are in need of creating teal for any of your projects, there is the tip.
Little by little I took care of every detail, for the pants and jacket I used paint, and for the sneakers I used prismacolor markers.
Since the Jacket has stripes, I drew the stripes with a micro O8 pen. Also used it for the hands, jewelry and details on the shoes.
And…..this is the final product!! It took me almost an hour to get all the details done, and i had to made sure that colors look good.
These are some of the books I use for my illustrations, I took classes from one of the best fashion illustrators Nancy Riegelman. She is amazing, and has done so much work for the fashion industry. Learning from her was a blessing, and she taught me to follow my passion, and to continue to pursue it no matter what.
So friends, whatever is it that you love doing, I encourage you to go and do it. Money is not everything, yeah we want to get paid for what we love doing, but is not always like that. Your reward might not yet be financially, but you can inspire, motivate or impact someone’s life with what you love to do, and that’s what really matters. Hope you enjoy this post, please share or leave me a comment. Have a great Labor day weekend! <3
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