Along with the Kenzo beauty look from their S/S collection which I illustrated here, here are some other makeup looks from major designers this year so far. My overall impression of beauty from most major collections this year is there being a focus on perfect dewy skin, contouring, natural makeup and natural eyebrows, but there were a few statement exceptions which I covered here, as pops of bright colours or graphic eyeliner shapes were still fairly common. False eyelashes were (if used at all) usually very delicate and natural-looking ones apart from the 60s looking individual lashes used in the Jeremy Scott collection. The only collection were I noticed a strong eye AND strong lip was Fendi, who teamed a dramatic use of eyeliner along with a rose gold glitter lip.
I did a little write up about each look under the cut below to go into more detail. I hope that it inspires you over the summer, as a few of these are very wearable, and even some of the more theatrical looks would be great for the right occasion.
Fernanda Ly and pink roses are a marriage made in pink heaven. This was done through coloured pencil and watercolour, which is my favourite tools of the trade at the moment.
This took way too long to do but I had such a great time doing it. I tried to take a few work in progress photos (I forget to most of the time) which are on my instagram if you’re interested.
I love doing beauty illustrations, and I really wanted to do something Summery. What better than do draw a flame-haired Miss with spacebuns and freckles? This one is based on one of Vivienne Westwood’s Spring RTW beauty looks, just with a darker lip. I used Faber-Castell pencils and watercolour for the hair and spattered freckles for this one.
Hello! Well, I revisited the Chanel No.5 illustration and threw in more of the flowers which are included in this curiously harmonious fragrance despite the extensive list of ingredients. These are the flowers only, which makes a bouquet of May Rose, Jasmine, Iris, Lily of the Valley, Neroli, Bergamot, and Ylang Ylang!
One of my favourite books to read to relax in the evenings and Sunday mornings is Perfumes: The A-Z Guide by Luca Turin and Tania Sanchez. The descriptions are often beautiful, sometimes snarky and hilarious, and I’d recommend it to absolutely everyone whether they’re a perfume enthusiast or not. I was also very pleased, nearing on smug, when I found that my personal favourite perfume Mitsouko, is also the author’s favourite. They didn’t like my other favourite, though: Tom Ford’s Tobacco Vanille. Can’t win ’em all, I guess.
Since I’ve been going back to this perfume book like a comfort blanket over the last few weeks, I decided to do a series of perfume illustrations, and where better to start than with the most famous perfume: Chanel No. 5? Through my trusty copy of the Perfume A-Z, I learnt that Chanel has its own fields of may rose and jasmine which are farmed exclusively for them in Grasse in the South of France. The flowers are harvested twice a year and form the heart of several of Chanel’s perfumes, including, of course, No. 5.
I want to do a series which features of perfumes positively exploding out of the bottle, so here are roses, jasmine, with hints of ylang ylang, iris and neroli bursting out of the classic bottle, along with the musky smokiness in the background. I may do this picture again and add in more of the flower notes of this perfume, which also includes lily of the valley and iris.
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.
A late Valentine’s Day watercolour painting I did while half-watching a film about Nazi zombies, as you do. I seem to draw best while I have some film on in the background, though they become more like audiobooks to me. My family jokes that the test of a good film is whether I draw through it or not. It helps to give your eyes (and your brain) some kind of a break from staring intensely at a piece of paper every so often, even if it is to look at Nazi zombies creating havoc.
It’s based on an editorial photo of Daphne Groeneveld by Txema Yeste for Harper’s Bazaar Spain which I loved, but I wanted to bring more of a Schiaparelli feeling to it and make the lips stand out as being heart-shaped.
As always, I’m on instagram and love to hear from you. Please feel free to send me suggestions for what to draw, because honestly I draw constantly and compulsively.