Kerry Grolle

Owner of Olive & Emerald



{FINAL} unassuming allure


The illustration started with a very soft (6B) lead pencil for loose lines with weight variation.  After the framework for the illustration was laid down, I added three layers of light watercolor wash; this was to allow for pale skin and a white dress, without it feeling too animated.  Her pose is the most animated part of the look, with all the visual tension coming together at her hands and cheeks.  To embellish, but maintaint the softness of the color palette, a added highlights of irredescent fine-grain glitter and a little bit of metallic ink on her bracelets.


Layering on the first round of color.


Sketching images that have an interest in the body position.


There are beautiful moments in life that, if overlooked, one would miss out on.  The same can be said for captured.  Despite a neutral palette or a stationary subject, I find that in most of these instances, the simplicity of the content is what allows more complex nuances to make themselves known when further studied.  That, and they are just pretty when put together for inspiration.

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More inspiration for this class can be found on my Illustrating Runway Fashion pinboard.


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