31/01/14 - Welcome to the Fabulous! Girl project by me, Miss Beretta.
I started looking up pictures of my favourite celebrities shopping and came to the conclusion I wanted my Fabulous Girl to be a self secure lady in her 30s. She's accepted her body and knows which style fits her best. The shop is a luxurious environment where she can hang out for a while and have a fancy coffee in daytime or a glass of champagne during the extended hours. I got particularly inspired by pics of Gwen Stefani and my girl is going to be based on her. At this stage I also collected reference for the shop interior, mainly comfy baroque chairs.
This is my first initial sketch!
I'm planning to do two more, inc. one of two ladies shopping together. Also, I like to change the clothing to something more layered and interesting.
01/02/2014 - I did two further sketches. Not sure which one to go for! I think I'd prefer a single lady for my final project though.
03/02/2014 - Today I finalised my project and this is the result!
For some reason she ended up looking a bit vintage / rockabilly! I'm quite happy with how the hair and clothing turned out. I did her in watercolours and ink. Really enjoying working in this style and I learned a lot. For a start, I really like the idea of the yellow "ghost" sketch to start of with. I would have never thought of this myself and I'd probably have started with the ink lines... and end up with a big, rigid mess! The purple shading also makes the whole sketch come together. Thanks for the tip, Jennifer!
Next time I'll probably try and make her less laboured looking. I did spend too long worrying about the shading on the disco pants, rather than just following my intuition. If I had more time, I'd added some backgroun too. Also, I think the neck could be longer to give it a more fashiony look. Looking forward to feedback from you guys!