Happy April everyone! I know I am a bit late but I have taken some time to catch up with life. March was a very busy month for me. I had some great opportunities, last minute trips, and major disappointments. But through it all I made it, and it made me stronger, wiser and aware of what I really want in life. This month is flying by so before It gets any crazier, my goal is to continue to blog beneficial content for you. As you guys know I am a creative. The reason why I started this blog was to share my creativity with you guys. Creativity is not only about drawing, painting, or making something. For me it’s about creating something out of nothing, example writing this post I am using creativity. If you think about it everything around us has required creativity, we all use it all the time and sometimes we don’t even notice.
As an entrepreneur I have learned that with every job, or gig I do there is a process. So today I am sharing with you my creative process when creating a fashion illustration. YES! Fashion illustration has really given me an outlet to express on how I feel about fashion, what I look in an image or source before creating a piece, and also it’s very important what tools I use. I hope you enjoy it so here it is!
Deciding the style is important for me. If is a piece I want to create to share on IG or my portfolio, I like to take my time and think of what kind of illustration I want to make. It can be women’s wear, or mens, streetwear or from the runway. After deciding what kind of style I am creating, I look on Pinterest, or google for images that I can illustrate or gain inspiration to create one.
Headphones are blasting and I start sketching right away. I use a combination of different pencils, and pens to outline my work at the end.
Sometimes I like to use different mediums. Mediums are different materials that are used to create a work of art. Previously I have used oil paints, acrylics, and watercolors.
Mixing different mediums gives your work and process a different touch.
Copic Markers have been my favorite recently. They are non-toxic, alcohol-based ink colors that are refillable, and have to sides. I really like them because they make my illustrations look more professional, and the color looks great on paper.
There are so many markers out there that you can use. When I was in college I used Prismacolor, which have two sides as well, and they are great too. Sometimes the color doesn’t blend to well, but if is something that I just want to draw really quick, I like to use these.
Before using markers, I used color pencils. Rendering certain pieces bring details alive.
After picking out what tools I’m going to use, I like to draw my sketch and use different references in case I am struggling on drawing certain parts.
Sometimes hands and feet are challenging for me. I go back to images I have sketched in the past, and it’s helpful so everything looks balance and not off.
After sketching my look, balancing proportions, coloring, rendering and taking care of any details, BAM! my sketch comes alive. This is from an original runway look from Fendi. To clean up lines, or any minor details I like to scan it and use photoshop, I also use apps like VSCO for any edits when sharing my work on my Instagram.
There you have it, my creative process on creating fashion illustrations. This process takes me about 2-3 hours, of course when I am not on a tight deadline or doing a live sketching event. I like to take my time and really enjoy the process, nothing should be forced when creating. I hope you guys enjoyed this post, let me know what’s your creative process, and how does it help you! I honestly love and enjoy reading your feedback. Have a great rest of the week and create create no matter what!!.
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