Fashion illustration captures so many aspects of art that I love, such as detailing in clothing and accessories, beautiful hairstyles, coordinated makeup… I just wish I was a bit more creative on the fashion front so I could create original, of my own, something for my characters to wear.
Christian David Moore‘s style is sort of minimalistic. The clothing is exquisite but the models themselves are reduced to expressions and stark shadows. Capturing a person’s likeness in a drawing is one of the most difficult challenges I’ve faced in art so far. There are some many little nuances that make a person who they are: the shape of their eyebrows, distance between the eyes, how far up or down their nose is on their face. If any one of these nuances is changed even slightly, the person becomes completely different, someone else. Being able to capture someone’s likeness with so few details takes a lot of skill.
He makes excellent use of negative space and is very careful with his brush strokes. He plays a lot with contrast, sometimes using lots of tones to paint a model and sometimes using only very light and very dark colors to give the idea of her presence. For me, a danger with COPICs and watercolors is to use too many layers. The paper can only absorb so much, and going over that threshold can produce icky stained-looking results or warp the page beyond repair. One must be careful to use only as many layers as necessary and be aware of how opaque they’re using color is. With watercolors, make sure your paper/canvas is secured and use lots of water with the paint to get a nice transparent wash of color.
I paricularly like the way the background was painted in the above image. Even though it looks like it was painted all in one color, he’s managed to shape the building nicely by taking advantage of white space and rather than painting the buildings themselves, he paints the windows, the doors and the statues. Thanks to his “suggestion” of the buildings, your eyes will fill in the rest. Additionally the grey background really draws our eyes to the model in the lovely pink gown.
I may be partial to this piece since it uses all my favorite colors; especially how he’s blended the colors of this model’s hair above. This minimalistic magazine cover is gorgeous. By using little shading in her face we’re immediately drawn to her eyes, hair and lips. The buildings, necklace and splotches of paint frame her face nicely. Moore’s style is effortless and flowing, very complimentary and suited to fashion.