Esther Van der Drift

Illustrator

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Giuseppe Zanotti heels in watercolor

INTRODUCTION

As a child I used to paint a lot with watercolor, but I haven't really touched it for the past 15 years or so. I really felt like I had to start from scratch again when I started this course. I do really appreciate watercolor as a medium though, so I decided to give it a try.

LESSON 1: SUPPLIES & COLOR MIXING

Mixing colors was a lot of fun! I used some cheap watercolor paints that I bought for a few bucks, as well as a more expensive and very pigmented travel set. I also swatched some of my ecoline (liquid watercolor) paint (white, gold and black). I think I achieved a nice mix of vibrant and subdued tones. There are definitely some colors in there I plan on using in future works.

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LESSON 2: PAINTING TEXTURES ON SHOES

love high heels. Can't walk in them, but love them nevertheless. I spent an evening pinning pretty shoes on Pinterest and there was this one Giuseppe Zanotti shoe that really caught my eye. I adore pale pink hues in conjunction with black!

REFERENCE PHOTO

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SKETCH

I made the mistake of not accurately measuring out my sketch and as a consequence, some parts became skewed. I do like the different line weights I was able to get out of my pencil though.

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FINISHED WATERCOLOR

Right away you'll notice my blacks aren't black, but rather a violet tint. This isn't a mistake. I was putting down a first layer of a light purple color on the sole and liked it so much that I decided to keep it and see where it would take me.

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REVIEW

The end result isn't half bad. I thought I'd do worse for my 'first' time. There are some areas that could've been a little bit more smoothed out. It may have also been due to a very stiff brush I used to paint this shoe.

Because I'm in this to learn, I also wanted to critique my own work. As I mentioned previously, the shoe is somewhat skewed and not proportional to the photo reference. I made a simple sketch in Photoshop to see where exactly I went wrong.

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I also did a color test to see how my color palette matched the one from the photo. The purple is obviously (intentionally) off, but as you can see the colors on my reference are generally darker than in my painting. I could've layered my paint a bit more to create better contrast.

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Thanks for the great class Katie! My interest in watercolor has been revived and I'll definitely try to paint more in this medium.

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