Fashion Illustration- Watercolor Fashion Accessories

Chris V, Artist, Designer, Maker

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11 Lessons (52m)
    • 1. Intro

    • 2. What You'll Need

    • 3. Getting Inspired

    • 4. The Sketch

    • 5. Handbag with Metallics

    • 6. Drop Painting Watch

    • 7. Resist Technique Boot

    • 8. Vintage Mirrored Sunglasses

    • 9. Woven Hat

    • 10. Thank You!

    • 11. Bonus Video


Project Description


Your class project will be the following:

1. Find an image or actual fashion accessory to paint.  It can be any fashion accessory from a handbag, shoes, belts, jewelry, scarf, hat.  I may have missed a few so feel free to be creative.  I used fashion magazines, and Pinterest.  Here's a custom Pinterest board I made just for you to use in this class called Skillshare- Fashion Accessories in case you'd like to use it. You can also do Google searches or websites for your favorite designers.  Make sure the image inspires and excites you so it pulls you through to finish.  That's what I do!

2. Then gather your materials.  It's totally up to you if you want to keep it simple or bring in some fun tools you like to work with.  I used a Canson 140 lb. (300g) watercolor paper with plenty of texture to soak up water and a Pentel mechanical pencil.  My watercolors are a Winsor & Newton Cotman student grade 12 tube travel set.  It works great and the color is rich and vibrant.  I also used black Micron pens size 05 and 08, plus metallic Uniball Signo gel pens. My brush is a Pentel Waterbrush in medium size. 

3. Set up your work space so all is easy to reach and nothing is in the way of your working arm.  Nothing like knocking over your water dish by mistake...  : p

4. Sketch out your subject matter.  You can adjust, change or start over until it's laid out just the way you want it on your paper.

5.  Then start your painting process.  Don't worry if it gets messy!!!  Just have fun and see where it goes.  Happy accident is a term I use often when i just let the process take it's own course.  You can always give it another try if you aren't happy with it.  PRO TIP: Get some feedback before scrapping your work!  We are always our own worst critics...  : ) 

6. Smile at and enjoy your beautiful painting!  Be proud and share it with the class in the Project gallery page.  In addition, post it on your social networks, give it as a gift or hang it on your wall framed or unframed.  You might be surprised at yourself and the feedback you gain.  :-D

7. Rinse and repeat. Practice always makes us better!!!

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