Last week I worked on a new fashion illustration and, to my surprise, I woke up this morning to seeing my illustration featured on the Persy Fashion instagram page as well as the Persy Couture Facebook page! What an honor!
I chose to illustrate Persy's Lily wedding gown which I decided was my favorite wedding gown of theirs. I find that it is a lot easier for me to draw something I really love so that I can put my best creative foot forward. I love everything about this dress. The cool collar, the layers of ruffles, the asymmetry of the the ruffles, the way the ruffles become longer towards the bottom, and the lace details.
I always start with the face and work my way down. Doing a sketchy first layer before I add more detail, etc.
Once I finish the sketch, I go over areas that I feel need darker shading and more contrast, and help the form become more 3 dimensional in appearance.
Before I added the watercolor in the background, I added some masking fluid which keeps areas of the paper white. The lines of the ruffles reminded me of the lines of string lights so that is what I used to inspire the background.
I then used a couple different shades of blue in the background to give it the feeling of sky and washed over all of the masking fluid once it dried.
Then for my favorite part, the masking fluid removal. This part is so much fun and I really enjoy the white being revealed and it all coming together.
I decided to add some gold paint on some of the lights...
and I felt like the background needed some subtle touches of black to tie in with the black areas in her dress so I added some string light silhouettes with my black ink pen. I'm really happy with the finished product! She is now up for sale on my Etsy shop so she can be yours today!