No Digital 79
Daily illustration project by Phil Dunne
Wednesday 9th April 2014
Marker, Kuretake Brush Pen, Pencil, Technical Pen.
..the get it together plan (by Alexandra Iliescu)
Draw Draw Draw
"Doesn’t matter how it turned out, as long as I finished what I started."
I used to think that my drawings are bad. That I can’t find the right composition, the colors are just wrong, shallow concept, etc… in short, I never really happy with the result. It gets me depressed and does feel scary at times!
But I believe there is nothing wrong with throwing up creativity, even if it just turned out really bad. How will I ever make a good drawing if I never try and just give up over small failure? Probably never.
When I decided to start my daily drawing project, I give myself a permission to make "bad art" which is still better than no art at all. I don’t draw to please others, I don’t draw to compete others artist, I don’t draw and think whether a piece will sell or not, I just do it for myself.
For my next page I wanted to do some collage since I have not done that yet. I wanted to use some of the beautiful fashion illustrations from some of the late 40’s-early 50’s art books that I bought this summer. For this page I used an illustration from Practical Fashion Sketching by, Charlotte H. Young. (Published in 1948)
So I wanted a fairly simple all text background. (I am not just going thru the encyclopedia in order I am looking for pages that fit what I want to do) So I started with this:
Then I traced the upper part of the dress and drew on a more voluminous skirt. Which looked like this:
And laid that over this wonderful thermal sat photo to see where the pattern of colors looked the coolest:
My Westie Waffle helped me chose what picture to use for the skirt. It makes your art better when you have an art Dog to help you ;)
At first I was going to cover her whole dress with the photo but once I saw it with just the skirt I knew that would be over kill and would lose the elegance of it. I also drew in the shadow of the folds of the skirt and the black belt as well as gave the bodice a bolder black outline. Here is how it turned out:
It is so cool I would love to wear that dress!!
For the facing page to her I wanted to do something also fashiony so I chose one of the other illustrations from the same book on slightly smaller scale so they would not fight visually. The left hand page also had 2 grey boxes on the bottom half of the page. In keeping with my goal of wanting to use what was already on the page to my advantage, I thought it would be cool if I found an illustration of a lady sitting so she could be sitting on one of the boxes:
I also wanted to give the facing page a more colorful background to balance the colorful skirt of the facing page. so I did some scribbleyness with some markers:
I also did this illustrations top out of the same sat photo as the skirt, as well as bolded out most of the lines on my photocopy. But once I did her top I did not like the background it was to messy and busy for the subdued elegance that I felt this page needed.
So borrowing from my Archivest ELK, that most markers are alcohol soluble. I had been impressed so far with the heartiness of the paper in this book so I thought what the hey it is worth a try. I dipped a cotton swab in rubbing alcohol and swirled it over the page. And Dude once again this paper impresses me the markers not only started to come off but also to blend into the lovely subtle back ground I wanted! Awesome!!!
The paper did curl when it was damp from the alcohol (note the paper clips holding it flat) but when It dried it flattened right out. Here is what the 2 pages looked like together:
I had way more fun than should be allowed with this page. I mean making cool dresses for paper ladies it was just totally like playing paper dolls.