Final Pieces 3-23: Retro Glam - Fabulous, Frilly and Fitted

Final Pieces 3-23: Retro Glam - Fabulous, Frilly and Fitted - student project

3-23

The third of my final illustrations. I'm not a "pink person" in real life, but I do love it on this sparkly dress. Used some pink iridescent sequins and the embossing powder on this one. She's ready for the ball.

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3-21

Wanted to experiement, just for fun. I painted this without sketching anything first. It's far from perfect, but was fun! I added light lines after to help define her arms, the rest is watercolor. For those interested, I have a 10/0 liner brush I use to do the facial features.

I don't have proper glitter, just some irridescent embossing powder, so I sprinkled some of that on her. Love how that turned out! And yes, it is now *everywhere*. :)

p.s. cheap watercolor paper is cheap for a reason. I'm so glad I got this on sale and from now on will use it for things that can handle a lot of texture showing. (It's different from the other I'd been using.)

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3-20

I found some bling bits my mom had gotten for me for Christmas - some Martha Stewart kits with various squins, buttons and crystals in color groups. One happened to be pinks and another whites, so I used the pearls from each. 

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3-17

Second watercolor. This time I used one of my earlier sketches. Pretty happy with it, but still feel like I'm taking too long with it. 

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Here's my first stab at the watercolor. I always work it too much- just not as familiar with the medium. Watercolor is so very different from acrylic. :)  This sketch was a combination of imagination and a model pose.

Any and all tips/critiques welcome!!

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3-14

Had to play some more tonight. Wanted to practice being "loose." I think it went well, overall. I pilfered some images from other mood boards - you guys found the BEST stuff. Seriously, it was worth $20 for this class just to discover so many amazing images and get your non-stop inspiration. I'm loving all of the talent I'm seeing. It's incredibly inspiring!

I printed out the images, hence the wonky inspiration photos in the scans.

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3-13

Latest sketches below. Having a difficult time sketching "loose." It feels too rigid. Also, the torso on the ruffle girl is out of whack. D'oh! Practice, practice practice!

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I was consistently drawn to vintage and retro fashions. I've always loved old sewing pattern illustrations and that love continues through classic fashion images.

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I don't know if it's the time period or what, but I noticed I was drawn to many images with hat. Big, beautiful, dramatic hat. 

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Other accessories and details caught my eye as well. Shoes, bracelets, neclaces, gloves... all gorgeous and glam.

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And this bathing suit. Love.

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I love a really beautiful tailored look...

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And really swoon over The Dresses. The not so little black dress...

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The voluminous ruffles... 

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The soft and ethereal...

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Dreamy sigh. So beautiful and glamorous. So much to inspire.

This stunning dress was begging to be sketched.

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