When Meghan contacted me to illustrate her entire wedding party for her wedding invitations, I was super excited for the project but also a tad apprehensive since I've never fitted an entire wedding party on a 5x7 file before! ( It looks easier than it is, trust me ;)
We first worked on the layout combining Meghan and my ideas, keeping in mind that all wreaths had to fit into a small rectangle.
Next she supplied with me with head shots of the wedding party, their outfits and the flowers for the wreath. We also agreed on a color palette and a font.
The third step was creating all the pencil sketches, having them tweaked once or sometimes a bit more ;) and finally approved.
Once all the portrait drawings and the floral border were ready for color, I scanned them and place the files in Photoshop.
(Side note, I hardly ever paint digitally any more. My love of digital shifted to becoming a full-fledged watercolor and ink gal. But that's what my client wanted.)
The fifth step and the most time consuming for me when painting digitally, is redrawing the portrait on photoshop using my tablet and adding color.
Lastly I opened a new 5x7 file added the top banner, laid out all wreaths. I then added all the wording and inserted the heads into the wreaths.
My second love after drawing fashion illustrations, is reading!
I love reading anything fashion related, fashion magazines, fashion style guides and most of all about successful women entrepreneurs in the fashion industry that are killing it!
I have many fashion related books that I adore , but I put together a list of of my top 5 books that I think every fashion artist/illustrator should own!
1. THE LITTLE BLACK DRESS by Nina Garcia. It's smart, it's witty, it gives you all the tips you need to look super stylish and the illustrations are rad!
2. THE GLITTER PLAN by Pamela Pamela Skaist-Levy and Gela Nash-Taylor. These two gals started Juicy Couture with only $200...and the rest is history!
Their story, determination and crack up humor really hooked me!
I'll say this is a MUST READ!!
3.THE DRESS by Megan Hess. She illustrated 100 iconic moments in fashion.
It's beautiful too look at and display.
4. LIVING IN STYLE by Rachel Zoe. This book is perfection on many levels. Firstly Rachel Zoe is kind of perfection herself so I didn't expect anything less from the book.
Secondly, she really explains how to incorporate fashion and style in everyday life.
Also a MUST READ
5. FASHION ILLUSTRATION BY FASHION DESIGNERS by Laird Borelli. This last book is super special to me since it was the first fashion book I ever purchased (rather my mom purchased it for me ;) I would look at it every night before going to sleep, and with this number I decided I was going to become a fashion illustrator whatever it took!!
...and I did :)
Hope you love these books as much as I do!
Please let me know your fave fashion reads!