Fashion Illustration with Copic Markers

It’s been a while since I used copic markers for my fashion drawings. I was so fascinated by the metallic and pearl pigments which made me divert to acrylics and watercolors. But yesterday, as I looked at my fashion drawing of Demi Lovato at the VMAs wearing Zuhair Murad’s black lace bodysuit, I thought why not paint it with copies this time? And that was basically it. I loved my painting in this particular drawing which made me think of recording a new video for my Youtube channel. I was abroad in the past two weeks which explains the lack of videos and tutorials. But since I’m back, I’ll try to post as many as I can. I also decided to give a short one-day workshop to teach people how to draw fashion illustrations (I really hope it goes as planned this time, though).

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So, I used a lot of markers to add more details on this illustration. I published this post to show you my way of painting and mention the exact markers I used. By the way I usually record the painting process on Snapchat: Artistakw. You can follow and watch the stories before they disappear.

Basically I start with a pencil drawing. The more details I draw the better when painting and coloring. Because it’ll show you exactly where to add darker and lighter shades.

Colorless Blender 0
Pearl White E41
Salmon Pink RV42
Warm Gray No.00 W00
Cool Gray No.9 C9
Barley Beige E11
Baby Skin Pink E21
Light Orange YR02
Dark Brown E47
Black Bullet Nibb PITT artist pen 1,5 from Faber-Castell
Grey Cold Grey VI PITT artist pen B from Faber-Castell
Cold Grey III PITT artist pen B from Faber-Castell
Patio Fineliner 0,4mm light brown
Staedtler brown fineliner
White Gelly Roll marker

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I used almost 4 markers for the skin while the rest are for the bodysuit and hair. The finaliners are normally used to outline the illustration and for drawing small details. IN my previous illustrations I used less markers but sometimes I use acrylics to add more details and give my illustrations that metallic and pearly effect ( which is my favorite btw 😀 ).

You don’t have to use the exact same markers I used for there are different colors and shades you can use for your illustrations. You just need to know which tones work well when painting. And if you have any question about the process or the markers please leave a comment or email me with your inquiry.

 

 

Art Commission

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I’m doing a special art commission offer before the end of Ramadan where I’ll draw your outfit and as an optional choice I can even illustrate a light background like my latest fashion illustrations. If you wish to know more about the price, send me an email and we can discuss the details through it: anwaar(dot)a87(at)gmail(dot)com.

Below are some of my latest fashion illustrations where I illustrated Ramadan Kaftans and other fashion drawings from Met Gala and Cannes Film Festival 2017:

I constantly show the painting process for all of my designs on Snapchat: Artistakw. This is both my brand’s and my personal Snapchat account so you can follow me to watch more painting processes and tutorials in the future. Also, there are a couple of other images especially for the brown Kaftan illustration which you can see on Instagram.

If you have any further question(s), request, or wish to learn how-to illustrate a fashion illustration send me an email at any time. I already posted my email address above the images.

 

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Applications

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I constantly shop around for art tools. Sometimes I even visit any kids corner to see the kind of markers and art tools they provide. Once anything catches my eye I either buy or search more about it. I’m so fascinated by the 3d gel markers and glitters lately. So any bling bling ends up in my shopping bag immediately ;).

Remember I posted about the new art tools I bought? I’m dedicating this post to show you I applied them in my illustrations.

Lately I have this idea of illustrating a detailed Kimono stuck in my mind. I remembered Hamasaki Ayumi’s Ivy performance in her CDL15-16 and immediately got inspired by it. I didn’t waste a lot of time in sketching and thinking of the details. Instead I drew and painted the whole illustration few days ago. Certainly, I cannot paint without having at least a touch of Jacquard’s pearl pigments. I love the pearly and glittery effect they give my illustrations. Instead of having just solid colors blended together I always add either a pearly of metallic tough to my artwork.

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This is another recent illustration of mine using Jacquard’s pearl pigments too.

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In the above fashion illustration I used one of the latest purchased acrylics from Pebeo. I love this shade of purple. Actually I created a process video for drawing and painting this one in particular which you can watch in my YouTube channel:

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Cosmetics Winner!

Happy New Year everyone! ❤

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It’s my first time winning something in my life, lol. I was surprised to get mentioned by a blogger choosing me to receive a gift from Bourjois. It was super exciting! With social media nowadays, it’s much easier for you to connect with others and meet new people. So I always look forward to meet others in real life.

What I received from Bourjois is shown in the photo below:

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When running errands I use the Velvet Matt Lipstick (#04 Peach Club) with contouring lip liner from Rimmel (#050 Tiramisu) which is a perfect combination I got to say. Sometimes I add another lip liner with a darker shade to give the lipstick a nice touch but it’s not necessary. I yet to try the other products, though. I already have a bunch of liners both colored and black so this has to wait a bit, lol.

Along with the cosmetics that I received, I went to an art store and bought new paints :D.

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As usual … I constantly forget to buy a skin tone paint!

When I start drawing any fashion illustration, that’s when I remember that I need to start using skin tone paints. I don’t always like using different mediums on a single illustration. From my older drawings, I noticed that it’s better to draw the whole painting with acrylics then add details using other mediums (gel and copic markers). But if I use acrylics on an outfit then suddenly paint the skin with copics … the result is not as good. When the copic dries it makes the color looks pale. But when I paint with the acrylics, the colors are much brighter.

Along with the new paints, I bought sprays. One of them gives a sunflower effect while the other gives a melted chocolate effect. I tried the first and loved it but the second didn’t give a melted chocolate effect like I expected. I’ll try it one more time on a lighter color and watch the result.

 

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In Tokyo

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Two weeks ago I arrived in Tokyo and I’ll be staying two more weeks. Two years ago I went to Japan for the first time in my life but my journey was only 3 weeks. This time it’s a whole month. Luckily I brought my macbook with me to be able to share my experience so far with you. And, I brought my sketchbook and markers with me. Whenever I have a free time I spend it by illustrating and practicing. I still do find lots of flaws in my drawings but if I don’t practice I won’t progress. So I’ll just keep going.

At almost every department I store I went to, I had to check the stationery section. I wasn’t too familiar with the Japanese stationery stores but I knew for sure that I’ll definitely find what I’m looking for.

Aside from copic markers I bought other types of markers which are amazing. I’ll write up another blog post about them to explain them thoroughly and show you the result when painting.

New Illustration Style

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It’s been a year since I dived into fashion illustration. I wasn’t too confident in my skills and didn’t find it that interesting at the beginning. But as I became good at illustrating I can’t spend a day without doodling and drawing fashion illustrations

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One thing I really find useful in developing my own skills is practice of course. I kept drawing even when my style wasn’t that good. And what also helps is that I take some time to reflect on my drawings and resources. I always look up for what’s new when it comes to trends, books, and online courses. It’s hard for me to attend actual courses because of my busy schedule which is why instead of making up excuses, I look for an alternative.

paoloweddingdressHowever, the one thing that’s still confusing me is what I’m going to do with these illustrations. I started selling some of them in my own brand’s (Artista) etsy store though. You can look at them here: https://www.etsy.com/shop/Artistakw

 

And if you look at my instagram feed you’ll find many of my illustrations there. Honestly, I didn’t post all of my fashion illustrations on instagram. Which is why I’ll finish coloring them and will post them after that.

And regarding my new style here are some illustrations:

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I love drawing my models this way. This is my newest illustrating style and I enjoy practicing it a lot. Aside from my instagram feed, I add a lot of these in Artista’s snapchat: Artistakw. I sometimes draw them live so you can watch the process in my brand’s account.

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Fashion Illustrations

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Since the beginning of this year I tried illustrating something different than I used to. I tried illustrating fashion illustrations. I absolutely love fashion and thought it’d be a good idea for me to try out a new direction. After trial and error and illustrating for months I can finally see improvement in my sketching and illustrating style. At first, I depended on my pencil for my primary sketches and drawings then inked them with a thin tipped black marker. However, yesterday I was able to pull off a whole illustration using a black marker directly. And below is the result:

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This is the latest fashion illustration I did featuring this beautiful dress by Ralph and Russo Couture F/W 2014.

I’m delighted with the improvement in my drawing and coloring styles and would love to do more illustrations in the upcoming days. You can check out my old illustrations in my instagram account posted below. Also, if you have any question/request feel free to email me at any time: anwaar.sa87(at)gmail.com

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