I don’t use this kind of colour palette very often and I really enjoyed doing this, despite the trial of drawing fishnet stockings.
Back at uni, one of my art tutors once told my class that we must always try to sketch for about 1/2 an hour a day, no matter what. I hear it being called “warm-up sketching” or “cool-down sketching” now, but that sounds way too much like going to the gym for me. To me, it’s doodling with no pressure, maybe working through ideas or just practicing. Because it seems that I’m unable to just watch TV or a film without doing something else at the same time, I normally sketch then, and this is a little sketch I did the other night. Most of my sketches aren’t worth posting, but I love the patterns in this and how the headscarf is just piled high on her head.
Blush seems to be returning to be a statement feature rather than a delicate little touch of colour. Kenzo’s make-up arist, Lynsey Alexander, created a standout look for S/S 2017 using Mac’s lip pencil in the classic shade of ‘Ruby Woo’ and Retro Matte Liquid Lipcolour. The overall look was a slick collection which made the models beautiful flowers, and I loved this look with the massive clusters of peach crystals as earrings.
Here’s my original sketch scan before being cleaned and painted.
Then I added the watercolours, being conscious of wanting it to keep a good texture on the paper. After being scanned again, cleaned and the brightness adjusted, I added some digital touches like the eyes, collar, hair and where the light catches.
Pencil and Gansai Tambi watercolours on Bristol board with digital accents.
One of the reasons I love fashion illustration is because, through drawing designs, I can fully appreciate the level of skill and artistry that goes into fashion pieces from the inspiration stage right through the making. Through drawing, I can see the construction more clearly, and one designer who never disappointed was Alexander McQueen.
I want people to be afraid of the women I dress.
– Alexander McQueen
Though I think that Sarah Burton has continued his legacy admirably, McQueen really could make women look extremely powerful and with a dark sexuality which was unique to him. It was definitely a muse and a theme for him throughout his work, as shown in the quote above and in this ensemble from his Horn of Plenty collection from A/W 2009.
Although the palette is black with silver accents, the different textures and the complicated strap work was something I really wanted to focus on, not just the amazing silhouette. To make sure that the individual aspects of the outfit were differentiated while retaining the same monochrome palette and overall effect, I used two types of black ink; one is a matte and densely noir Japanese ink, and one which is more complex tonally and contains gold flecks.
I particularly love the sheen of white ink on the black to emulate leather as well as hints at the almost corset-like construction around the waist. The background diluted colour shows the pink and blue tones as well as the gold flecks in the ink that makes it so special. It might taken a while to finish but I’m really happy with how it turned out. It’s such a formidable look.