Monday, May 9, 2011

Sketches from the past. (Part One)

You know something... When you have been sketching as long as I have (11 years) as you clean and organize your living space, you'll begin to find old sketch books with designs and random paintings. For anyone who illustrates please forgive me for what I am about to tell you. I found one of my sketch books from college under a magazine which was under my husband's PlayStation. And to my shame it also had many unused pages in it.
Anyway, I have sketches in them that consist of not only plus size practice sketches, but sketches of the non-plus size variety. If you would like to see them, feel free to scroll on down and take a look-see. Please let me know what you think, I would love to hear/read from you.
This practice session here was done after graduation, but while I was still sitting on campus. As you can see, these sketches consist of the non-plus size variety.
 I felt the need to practice with shading and creating the complete look of full skirts and half-full skirts. These were done with (believe it or not) a violet Crayola marker, violet and dark purple color pencil for shading, a black prismacolor marker (with fine and broad point), and prismacolor pencils for the flesh tone and hair.

Monday, May 2, 2011

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Trend Illustration: "Roseberry." Swimsuits of Berry Red with Soft Shades of Pink.

Rarely do I design swimsuits, but that doesn't mean I don't have fun doing it! When I am coming out of a designing dry spell my first five or so designs are usually experimentation. I start off experimenting just in case things don't turn out as well as I would like them to. I only show people what I am proud of, even if it takes me a whole day or two weeks! Taking into consideration the detailed oriented person that I am, time management on sketching, painting, and detailing, results are typical until it becomes a constant activity again. I can say though... I am proud of these! Experiment successful!

Back to the topic of the designs that you will see, I included the trend that was featured in April 2011 issue of Harper's Bazaar titled "Just Blush" in the smart shopping section on page 92.
Please let me know what you think. I would love to read your honest comments.
The title of this illustration: "Roseberry".