Monday, October 15, 2012

Beautiful lady in a beautiful dress

You may remember how a few months ago I did some drawings and watercolors in my sketchbook after mail order catalogue girls. If not, you can find them here, here and here. The great part about drawing from magazines and catalogues is that the model is always available and never moves. It's great practice.

I started drawing those girls to work my drawing muscle when it came to the female clothed figure. Like I already said back then, I would love to take Jane Davenports classes on this, but the money's just a bit too steep for me. It is on my wishlist though. Still, practice can be done without classes and after the mail order catalogues I have now moved on to my favorite piece of clothing: gorgeous dresses.

It's odd that I, who couldn't care less about fashion in real life, love things like fashion photography and images of very elaborate long dresses. But since I have little knowledge in drawing these things I need models. And models in gorgeous gowns are in short supply in my everyday life. ;-)

So I got to thinking and decided...to buy a bridal magazine! Anybody who knows me will now burst into laughter. If there's anyone on this planet who is not into weddings and anything that goes with it it's me, but aaah....all those dresses are beautiful. And I only need them to practice with, I can change whatever I want.

And so I got me a new (huge) sketchbook to go with the magazine and I intend to fill it with beautiful ladies in beautiful dresses inspired by wedding gowns or party dresses. And here's my first model:

An advertisement from Bruid en Bruidegom, dress by EnzoAni.

Ah yes, dreamy in white. Well, that's gonna change! And so is the background. I did a line drawing first.


I drew the woman first in pencil and then went over the lines with  a pitt brush pen. Then I decided that I would put something different in the background than curtains and leaves: my circles and ribbons! Ha, you never know what your old sketchbook ideas are good for, do you? You can see what I mean by that over here.

When the drawing was completely done and the pencil lines erased. I decided to color her in with gouache, and here's how she turned out.


As you can see I gave a little more life to my ribbons and circles by adding extra lines and swirls. I wanted them to be more festive. The dress turned purple with green/aqua flowers. I don't know if I would want to be caught dead in a dress like that, but in a picture it's pretty nice if you're a colour junkie like myself.

Here's some details of the drawing:





The drawing measures 30x 40 cm (about 12x15 inches). I still have a lot to learn about how fabric moves and how to really make folds come to life, but I do like the result. I hope you do to. Anyway, I still have a whole sketchbook left to fill up with more drawings/paintings like this, so I intend to get plenty of practice. Of course it will take forever before it's full, but one day I hope to have a whole collection of beautiful ladies in beautiful dresses and to have gained the skill of being able to draw them out of my head. I will keep you posted.


Are you practicing anything right now? I would love to know what skills you would like to improve.

Wishing you all a wonderful and artsy week!

24 comments:

  1. Hoi Caatje, wat prachtig! Ik vind mooie plaatjes van mooie jurken ook erg mooi, maar jij hebt een hele mooie vertaling gegeven met je kleurgebruik en achtergrond. Ik kan weinig zeggen over de techniek want die ken ik ook niet, maar ik kan wel zien dat je een heel creatieve eigen draai hebt gegeven aan dit model. Echt prachtig.

    Je vraagt ook waar je lezers zo mee bezig zijn, ik ben erg bezig om op papier van een aantal mooie dingen een geheel te maken. Om de samenhang te maken tussen plaatjes bijvoorbeeld, of tussen kleuren. Soms zijn de plaatjes of stukken papier op zichzelf mooi, maar dan is er geen eenheid en zijn het mooie dingen op zich, die niets met elkaar hebben.
    Ik zal er wel eens een voorbeeld van geven, ik heb er een voorbeeld van, maar vind m niet mooi genoeg om te posten! Tja dgaar heb ik mijn criticus weer....

    Groetjes Wanda

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    1. Techniek is simpel: tekenen en inkleuren, haha. Waar jij mee bezig bent klinkt ook interessant. En...gewoon laten zien, de mensen in de blogosphere zijn vaak veel liever in hun oordeel dan je zelf bent. ;-)

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  2. Wonderful work! Great idea to use a bridal magazine!!

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    1. Thanks Trece. I was really weird buying it though. ;-)

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  3. Echt geweldig Carin!
    Zoals ook Wanda al zegt...je hebt het erg mooi vertaald in een eigen stijl.

    Groet,Marga

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  4. That sketchbook does look nice and big! I received a couple of moleskines for my last birthday, one A5 ish and one A6 ish. In the larger of the two Ive been drawing portraits mainly, copying pictures of various famous people. Like you I wanted to practise drawing people and faces. In the little one Im drawing patterns - again for practice, and because I love patterns. Ive put a few examples on my blog if you fancy having a look :-)

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    1. Took a look and loved your work. Left comments. Everybody should check out your blog and see what you're up to.

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  5. Lovely. I like how you put your own spin on it.

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  6. I like your new series...I can't wait to see more beautiful ladies in gorgeous gowns!

    Right now I'm experimenting with white glue, gesso, acrylics & gold leaf on heavy card stock. We'll see how my enchanted forest turns out! :)

    Jackie

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    1. Sounds fascinating Jackie! Good luck!

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    1. Thank you Mary! Those without models have to be inventive. ;-)

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  8. Love the composition and colors. You definitely have an eye for design and color.

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    1. Thank you for that compliment Ramona!

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  9. Caatje, thank you for your lovely comments on my blog! Yes I've been neglecting the pattern moleskine of late - I must get around to doing some more. And I've just this second had an idea... would you choose a famous person for me to draw as my next portrait?

    emily :)

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    1. Ooh, thanks! I love the look of Kate Winslet, in my eyes she's one of the most beautiful women on the planet.

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  10. Love what you've done here. Enjoy filling your book :-)

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  11. Oh Caatje, I love this. Your colour choices are wonderful.

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