(Whimsical print coming soon to Joana Miranda Studio at Etsy)
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My husband and I are fans of the TV show Project Runway. Recently, we’ve been catching up on previous seasons of the show on DVD. One of the things I find most intriguing is seeing the kinds of fashion sketches the designers are able to create within specific time constraints. Sometimes, in as little as 15 minutes, we get a glimpse not only of a great fashion concept, but of a compelling art work as well. Seeing that concept turned into reality is also interesting of course; some designers have better success with the realization of a concept than others.
Since I’m always looking to improve my own design and illustration skills, I’ve decided to take a page from Project Runway. For today’s illustration, I imagined Tim Gunn saying…
“Joana, you have 3o minutes to do a complete sketch. MAKE IT WORK!“
Here is the result:
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: