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Fashion Illustration: A Relic Revisited

Recently I had a friend suggest the idea of fashion illustration to me.  When I was a little girl I used to copy pictures of fashion models out of magazines and make my own books out of them.  I kept a lot of my old art work from when I was young and I found this little book of my fashion drawings which makes me laugh so hard!  I don't know what is funnier, the weird title I gave my book, the 80's clothing the women are wearing, or the quirky face (top left)!  I literally hadn't thought about the idea of fashion illustration since I was probably 10 years old until now!  The thought of combining two of my loves, fashion and drawing, got me excited.  

I quickly set out to try my hand at it as an adult and bought some fresh new art supplies to really get me jazzed up.  I just LOVE brand new art supplies, there is nothing better!!  I thought a lot about how I wanted my illustrations to look before I started.  Then I looked for an inspirational photo to work from and found a beautiful Marchesa gown that I wanted to draw.  I loved all that was going on in the dress and the styling of the model.

I first did a pencil drawing of the model, scanned it, and then I printed it out several times and experimented with how I was going to do the background before I committed to anything on my good paper.  Unlike working digitally on photoshop, if you mess up, you might just ruin your entire piece so its always a good idea to do some trial runs first.  

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This is where I landed.  Since her dress was so detailed with so much going on in it, I went with a more simple background.  I can't escape gold these days (or birds, for that matter), and I also find the circular shape surrounding a subject so comforting so these things were once again incorporated in the background. I used guache, acrylic, and pen and ink to complete the design and frame her face. 

I had SO much fun doing this illustration and I will continue to explore fashion illustration and see where it takes me.  I think its good to sometimes revisit an old idea in a new decade, you may find that you've dug up an old treasure thats been buried with years and time, but once its dusted off, it feels new and wonderful!!

Little Luv Bugs

Recently I had the pleasure of doing a pair of commissioned portraits for someone of her two daughters.  The person that had me do the portraits is the photographer of Luv Bug Photography .  What a gift it was to have gorgeous photos to work with!  The reason I changed the flowers on this photo was to coordinate with a family picture of theirs.  

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The reason I changed the flowers on this photo was to coordinate with a family picture of theirs.  Here is a look into the different stages that this painting went through...

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The second photo was just as dreamy as the first and really portrayed the true essence of childhood. 

I contemplated how I was going to paint her straw hat, and keeping the color of the canvas as the main color was my solution. I just added the shadows and highlights to it with paint and pencil.

I had a variety of ideas of how I was going to incorporate designs into this one, but I just felt that any designs added was going to take away from all that was going on.  I decided to just add some gold dots on some of the leaves to give the painting a little extra something and I'm really happy with how it turned out.  Sometimes less is more.  

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I had the pleasure of hand delivering these little 10X10 paintings to my client on her birthday! I felt so honored that she chose paintings from me as her birthday present to herself.  Please feel free to contact me through my website or email me at taratories@gmail.com if you are interested in a custom portrait for you or someone else.