As some of you may recall , if you saw my last post and /or on Instagram , this past Saturday , I sketched live with Giorgio Armani for their event at Saks Fifth Avenue, in Maryland. I sketched from 10:30 until 7 pm with a short break in between for a quick bite. Sketching beautiful people to music for 8 straight hours – nothing to complain about . It was a busy , fun filled energetic day as clients got their makeover done by celebrity make artist Tim Quinn and designer Jesus Estrada along with the Armani beauty team .
I was asked to create sketches of clients in about 15 minutes or less . I chose to do a mix of watercolors , ink and pens. I love doing the quick washes in watercolors and ink and refining it with pen. I started out doing 15 minute sketches , but as the day went by and it got busier in the afternoon . I had to hammer out sketches in less than 10 minutes. But, I love a challenge 🙂
Here’s some of the behind the scenes look and some of the sketches at the event. Enjoy and I’d love to hear your thoughts !
And , thank you all for the support you’ve given me on this crazy journey of mine in the world of illustration. It almost seemed impossible when I started out, but reading your comments, emails and messages keeps me going . I truly value your support !
Often I get asked about how one can improve on sketching , painting etc. I thought I’d create a blog post with the markers that I use the most – Copic , along with Prisma Markers.
There are many ways of creating a single look . Other artists may use different markers within the same brand to achieve a look. This is mine . So feel free to use this as a guide , but come up with your own way to get a certain look.
Here’s a sketch I created from Amazon India Fashion Week , that happened last week, in India. The model is Indian , so the markers I used for the skin tone would apply to a tan skin tone. I normally use these skin tones for Indian skin tones, tanned skin tones etc. I make adjustments on which color to use more to create the appropriate skin tones .
Again depending on the skin color I start out with lighter colors as base colors and then build up on the darker parts . For this sketch , I used E02, E31 , Y11 and RV10 for the skin colors.Mixing RV10 and Y11 give the sketch light blush and pale yellow tones where the light bounces off the skin.
From then on I build on the skin color using E31 – Brick Beige – which is a great color to use for tan / brown skin. The shadows work great with E55 – Light camel. Sometimes I use gray tones to build on shadows on skin. I didn’t in this case.
A black outfit makes this sketch a perfect subject for a tutorial !
The trick to sketching a black outfit is to work with grays as base colors and then use black to fill up on the darker portions . It works well to play with the light and shadows and to create a sense of movement .
I used C3, T3 and C7 for the gray tones.
I don’t know how many black markers I own , honestly. I ran out of black Copic markers , so I turned to Prisma Color marker and Faber Castell pens .
Faber Castell artist pens are , for a lack of a better description – black gold . They are amazing for sketching and creating rich dark tones.
3. FINAL TOUCHES
I usually use Sakura Micron pens to add finishing touches and add outlines to my sketches. They work great along with Copic Markers.
Lets not forget the power of the Colorless blender. Its the perfect tool to blend colors to give it a seamless effect. I highly recommend it when you use two or more markers to achieve a certain look.
Purchasing Copic Markers and Sakura Micron Pens.
Copic Markers available at Blick and Amazon. There’s a small selection of Copics at Michaels. There might be other venues that I’m not aware of , but these are where I get my supply of Copics.
All of the markers , pens (Copics, PrismaColor , Faber Castell , Sakura ) , I’ve referenced in this post are of beautiful quality . So there’s really not a cheap way to get these materials. They are all considered quality illustration materials – which means you get high quality.
If you are starting out or a student , then I recommend starting out small and slowly building up your collection.
Feel free to let me know your thoughts and how you use your art materials for similar sketches .
Here’s a run down on my trip to New York Fashion Week . Finally got around to it. I spent 4 days in New York . It was everything I was hoping for and more. I love the energy it comes with and meeting friends , and meeting new people.
The first day of NYFW , we had a storm – of course.
I was fortunate to get backstage access at Tadashi Shoji before the show. I love seeing everything put together before the show. The hair , make up , last minute touches and the energy is almost palpable. Here are a few sketches that I did backstage . These were quick and in less than 5 minutes of the hair and make up .
I used my iPad Pro and Apple Pencil this time at the shows. It was quite easy to navigate in the crowded spots and , not to mention, easy to move around with . I drew on Procreate app on the iPad.
An illustration from one of my favorites from the show – my favorite part of post show 🙂
NOON BY NOOR
I was supposed to head to Noon by Noor’s backstage. But I didn’t have the courage to exit the building into the storm to get backstage. Not happening -unless, I really had to . So I headed straight to the show after Tadashi Shoji within the same facility.
I have a thing for capes ..
This show was all black , all fierce and edgy . Loved the vibe.
JIll Stuart’s presentation was filled with haunting beauties in one of the most gorgeous architectural spaces I have seen in New York – The Skylight at 195 , Broadway Street.
There was lace, metallics , bold graphics and typography , stripes and patterns along with the most gorgeous makeup and hairdo.
My favorite look from Francesca Liberatore illustrated below.
I hope you liked the run down – a mix of photographs and illustrations . These were the illustrations from some of the shows that I attended. Sketches from my other favorites are already up on Instagram.
All the illustrations above have been sketched with iPad Pro using Apple Pencil in Procreate app. Its easy to carry around and I can grab at inspiration when it strikes. I worked on some sketches in between shows, easy to carry , store away. I had to make sure to get my charger , portable charger along to charge my phone and iPad (sometimes). While I am all about my pens, markers, watercolors, paints and brushes, I wanted to try out the digital materials this time at NYFW. Downside – I had to be really careful not to drop the iPad or the Pencil – for obvious reasons ! I would’ve not been happy with my decision – but both contraptions made it through backstage trysts , coffee shops, lounges and lived to tell the tale of this trip. Hope you like them.
If there are any questions about the illustrations , or NYFW, feel free to write to me and I’ll do my best to answer them
Sigh ! Where do I begin with Leanne Marshall’s show ? I’ve been in love with her designs ever since I first saw her work featured on NYC Dance project’s Instagram feed. I’ve illustrated her work before here and here.
So, if it looks like I’m a fan, well , that’s true. The show had beautiful color palettes – black, warm colors – brown, burgundy, sunshine yellow, pale greys all with flecks of gold in some of the dresses. The dresses are to die for. Every model looked like a princess as they floated past us . And if you can tell from the photos, I got a nice seat for this one .
Leanne Marshall’s work inspires me to draw every single one of her works. Maybe someday ! In the meantime, enjoy the photos, videos and the illustrations. Her work should always be recorded in slo-mo !
I couldn’t wait to illustrate them. The fabric, the silhouettes, the colors, the sheer, the drama – all make for beautiful illustrations and create themselves all on their own .
I cannot believe the year is almost drawing to an end. Its the beginning of December. In our household, it means, I just got done with both my kids’ birthday parties. Majority of the birthdays in our family begin in October. My sisters, my husband, father- in-law, my niece , my son , my brother-in-law and my daughter. Lots of birthdays, phew !
December begins with my daughter’s birthday , there’s holiday parties, Christmas , my own birthday and of course the year ends – in that order .
There’s lots of illustrations to be done , in all of this, of course.
I’ve been busy with a few commissioned pieces, which I love. If you’ve been keeping up with me on Instagram, you’ll see the stuff I’ve been playing with.
It’s hard to pick , but here are some of my favorite pieces.
I came across this gorgeous dress designed by Suneet Varma, an Indian designer. The red just caught my eye . Give him some love. Really one to watch .
This particular piece was regrammed by the designer. yay.. to me its a recognition that the designer appreciates the way I interpret his vision in my own way. I also feel very connected to the designer and his/her vision.
Who doesn’t like shoes and heels ? Pair them up with some frayed hem jeans as reported by The Zoe Project – you’ll be on point.
I love illustrating movement , as is obvious in many of my sketches – be it fashion , street style , dance and sport . Its all about conveying that energy in an artistic way. I am inspired by the photographs taken by the nycdanceproject . If you haven’t checked them out, you should. Here’s a sketch inspired by their picture from last Monday.
More shoes. I love them .. which girl doesn’t , right ?
Pantone delighted the world by announcing the Color of the Year for 2016 – not one , but two – Rose Quartz and Serenity ! Thank you , Pantone !
This dress .. speechless !
I also want to highlight the fashion happening in Australia . I am an Indian-born Australian living in the U.S. I tend to stay connected to all these parts of me through illustrating them . Keeps me inspired and hopefully , I bring to you content that is fresh and new.
Lastly , I want to leave you with this gorgeous ballerina – yes, again …
This one just felt like she was floating – poetry in motion. One of those pictures that you feel just has to be illustrated !
I hope you have a lovely week ahead of you . I will be back again to share more with you . In the meantime, email me – lsartillustration (at) gmail.com) to say hi or follow me on Instagram to keep up and connect .
I have had a few enquiries on commission illustrations . Wow ! Which brings me to the point , I am open to creating commission illustrations – especially with the holidays coming up. Email me 🙂
The other bit of exciting news – if you aren’t following me on Instagram – come on over. I did an illustration of Zuhair Murad’s design for New York City Ballet – which got regrammed to their followers !! I mean , c’mon – waking up on a Saturday morning to seeing your illustration on Zuhair Murad’s instagram feed ???! No words.
I am such a fan of his work. There’s such a feminine , elegant and ethereal quality to his designs. So to be acknowledged by him is an honor.