Sunday, April 13, 2014

Watercolor on Yupo

I thought I'd try out some Yupo paper. Well it's not really paper, as it's 100% polypropylene. It's so smooth that graphite glides across it creating clear and bold lines. I have to adjust to using watercolor on it though as the smoothness can make the paint run if too much water is used. As I like happy accidents though, this can be a positive! The below sketch was a twenty minute pose by a model at the Society of Illustrators

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Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Commissioned Fashion Illustration

Recently I was asked to do an illustration of stunning Japanese model, designer, singer and celebrity Mika Ahn for her birthday. I am used to idealizing the models...making them a little bit prettier, or slimmer or more handsome or chiseled than they are - or turning drag queens into women! This commission was the opposite, I had to capture the amazing beauty that was already there. I'm very pleased with the outcome and so too are the clients.

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