a christmas fashion illustration

illustration — Danielle on December 20, 2007 at 5:14 pm

a christmas themed fashion illustration

My friend Christy suggested that I should do a Christmas themed illustration.  Lately I have been trying out brushes, ink, watercolours and watercolour pencils, with more or less success.  I thought this attempt turned out pretty nice.

I wish all of you a Super Solstice, a Merry Christmas, and many happy returns!  Your friendship, readership, and support has been the greatest gift I have ever received, and I thank you.

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    1. A merry Christmas to you too.

      I like that you colored the highlights with 2 tones instead of just white.

      Comment by Sunshine — December 20 2007 @ 5:43 pm
    2. Happy holidays to you too! and thank you for all the inspiration.

      Comment by Alexandra — December 20 2007 @ 6:07 pm
    3. Merry Xmas to you too, Danielle! I hope next year brings you as much success as this one and more!

      Comment by Nadia Lewis — December 20 2007 @ 10:10 pm
    4. Lovely Danielle! The best of the season to you!

      Comment by Wendy — December 21 2007 @ 6:33 am
    5. aw thanks! looks fabutastic! love the vibrant contrast in your choice of colours – looks like the front of a fashion-y christmas card. good job!

      Comment by Christy — December 21 2007 @ 10:25 am
    6. oh and merry christmas lol.

      Comment by Christy — December 21 2007 @ 10:25 am
    7. Merry Christmas Danielle!

      Comment by Isabel — December 23 2007 @ 10:23 pm
    8. Merry Christmas! Your illustration looks great. What medium do you usually use for your illustrations?

      Comment by Ayomide — December 28 2007 @ 2:33 am
    9. Thanks everyone!

      Ayomide – for a long time I tended to use the same media for illustration – art pens and coloured in photoshop. Lately I am trying to switch it up.

      I start with just marker paper or photocopy paper and I do quick drafts of my figure idea until I am happy with the gesture and the pose. Then I flesh it out until I have solved the proportion, fussy details like hands, feet, and faces, and the garment. Then I put it on the light box and layer it over with different types of paper and try different pens and brushes and inks until I have something I like. At this point I will do a few drawings or more, and sometimes I will go back and draw another rough sketch and start over.

      Once I have something that pleases me, I scan it into the computer, clean it up a little, and often add a bit more colour in Photoshop.

      I think the most important (and challenging) part of a fashion illustration is achieving pleasing proportions and a natural gesture with a sense of attitude and expression. The type of media is less important.

      Comment by Danielle — December 28 2007 @ 6:30 pm

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