(8.5 x 11 print now available at Joana Miranda Studio at Etsy)
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On Saturday, I posted a rough sketch of my latest illustration-in-progress. Although I wanted to finish the painting yesterday, life intervened and it wasn’t until today that I had sufficient free time again.
I started by transferring the outlines from the original sketch to Borden & Riley Bleedproof paper. To do this, I first blackened in the back of the paper of the original sketch with a 5B pencil before tracing it over the art paper:
Once I had the faint outlines transferred to the art paper, I darkened them with a paintbrush dipped in black waterproof Sumi ink:
Since I sometimes struggle with what color combinations I think will look best in the final illustration, I decided to scan the new version and play around with paint colors in my photo-editing program:
From here it was on to real painting using gouache paints. The final result:
Since I mostly post illustrations when I’ve finished painting them, I thought it might be fun to show the “anatomy” of my process. I always start with a pencil sketch which is often inspired in part from a photo I’ve found searching online. Sometimes I change the pose; most often I leave out extra background details. In this illustration-to-be, I decided to give Josephine more of a context. Here she puts on the final touches to her toilette – her perfume – before she heads out for the evening:
With any luck (and, hopefully, a little free time!), I’ll be posting the next steps in this illustration tomorrow.