The other day, I decided to take my paints and brushes out of the cupboard and play with them for a bit. I haven’t worked with acrylics for such a long time, I thought it would be fun to snap a few shots to show the illustration as it comes to life.
So this is what I did:
First I drew the outlines of the piece. – At this point I usually have no idea what I’m doing so I just go with the flow and draw whatever comes into my mind. – Secondly, I painted the dresses and whatever else I felt like painting. I very quickly decided that I wanted to use pink, so I reached for the red and white tubes and just went for it.
When I’m painting I usually try to figure out which parts will be darker and which parts will be lighter. I’m sure there’s a proper rule for it, but I don’t know it so I just make it up as I go along.
I like smudging the paint onto the paper with the brush. It creates this messy texture, which I love.
After I finished painting, I put my brushes aside and went back to my beloved black markers. I used them to add details all over: faces, hair, eyelashes, flowers, patterns, whatever I felt like.
And here is what the final piece looks like (properly scanned and everything):
I am sure I could add more details or use other colors but I kind of like it the way it is. When a piece feels finished to me, I stop. (I guess it’s my guts warning me: “Stop now! If you continue you’ll ruin it, girl!” – and so I obey.)
That’s it really. It’s done. I am thinking about getting it framed and give it as a present to a friend who’s about to give birth to a baby girl (any minute now actually, she is huge!). It’s quite a large piece and I think it would look pretty in a girl’s bedroom.
How about you? Have you been working on something creative this week? Show me. I want to see.
Lots of love from Lisbon and have a beautiful day. ♥