Hello! I want to share something different here on the blog, I’m gonna go ahead and call it Art Diaries, it’s basically art updates where I will share my final piece, work in progress (which you can follow on snapchat @RodikVeron as well) art materials and reference photos used for my illustrations. Since I'm a self taught artist I always found the work in progress of other artists fascinating, I love learning different techniques and I always try to improve my work with experimentation.
I'm still not sure how I want to layout these updates but I’ll keep posting and I’m sure it will develop eventually. I will definitely post more work in progress shots next time.
OK, let's talk about the illustrations in this post now. The first illustration(above) is my submission for DrawADot Simone Rocha S/S16 open call, this was my first completed piece in 2016, actually first completed piece in a veeeery veeeeery loooong time!!!! The face was inspired by the beautiful Jamilla Hoogenboom! My newest model crush!
The second illustration
Below is one of my pieces for a personal project I set up for myself, which I don’t think I will continue… I get bored so easily (another bad habit) Since I watched the new shows (favourite so far the Dolce & Gabbana F/W17 fantasy show and the Gucci show) I can’t focus on drawing the previous collections, that’s why I decided to stop this project and move on to the next one.
The third illustration
This one is for the current DrawADot Valentino open call for the fashion show countdown. I really enjoyed creating this one. You may noticed that the shading is much smoother than the other two illustrations, I’m trying things out, not sure what I want yet. I also used makeup reference this time and I think I will continue doing that, I have recently discovered Nikkie Tutorials on youtube and I'm amazed, her makeup skills are on another level.
So these are all my February illustrations, I can't wait to create more and watch my style develop. At the moment I'm not completely satisfied with the results, I have a difficulty translating my vision on paper, I think for my next illustrations I want my models to have more expression and more contrast. Let's see how it goes on my next update! :)
Materials used for all illustrations:
- Rembrandt soft pastels (My old time favourite, I really love how they blend and layer, usually used for big areas due to the form they come in)
- Dwelt coloursoft pastel pencils (skin colours, used for details)
- Stabilo CarbOthello pastel pencils (I bought I few colours that dwelt didn’t have and I'm actually really impressed, I loved how smooth and bendable they are)
- Faber Castell coloured pencils
- Faber Castell PITT artist pen 199 size S and B (usually used to create the outline)
- Liquitex paint markers (I use those usually on areas I want to have a more glossy finish like the lips or nails)
Artist: Maria Veronica Andrievskaya