Dressin’ Up

One of the parts about the Candy Girls painting I recently finished, that I both loved and hated, was the detailing of the dresses they wear. Making fabric look like silk or cotton is challenging and involves techniques that I haven’t quite mastered yet.

The fashion images below display all kinds of fun details I’d like to include in illustrations or paintings in the future.

© J.Baxter 2009 (via for-redheads on tumblr)

© J.Baxter 2009 (via for-redheads on tumblr)

Where to begin with this one! First of all it’s got loads of pink, a beautiful vanity fan, a gorgeous chair, a cute model with curly hair… it’d be both fun and maddening to translate this to canvas. It’s fairly monotone in terms of palette but sometimes this is a good thing. Despite all of the detail in this image (look at that crazy wallpaper!), it’s not overwhelming because of the simple palette.

(via Wander World Wonderlust on tumblr)

(via Wander World Wonderlust on tumblr)

The multi-layered beaded necklace frames this model’s face beautifully. Additionally, the teal-white color really pops against her red hair. Her makeup (more pink!) helps to bring out her eyes and cheek bones. This would be an interesting photo to paint since the lighting is a bit more complex, coming from different sources and different colors.

(via fckyeah ANTM on tumblr)

(via fckyeah ANTM on tumblr)

Tattoos and texture! I’ll be honest… I haven’t had the pleasure of painting or drawing a person of color yet. It’s not that I’ve purposely chosen not to, I just haven’t made a specific effort to. It’s something I look forward to trying very soon, as I have so much fun with colors, and variety is the spice of life! Her rich lips and bouncy hair frame her face, with bold eyes and brows, spectacularly. Her dress really jumps, with shiny gold paired against layers of transparent silk.

(via localshop on tumblr)

(via localshop on tumblr)

Floral patterns on folded fabric is the hardest thing to master! It’s really a matter of drawing what you see, and not what you think you see, since the folded shapes don’t look much like flowers. The colored floral jumps off the black silk and is complemented nicely by her crown and earrings.

So far art school is going amazingly well, but more on that later. 😉

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Pretty In Pink

Sorry I didn’t get this up on Saturday! I’m afraid I can make no promises about timing of posts over the next two weeks. We’re moving on the 27th and have a lot to do before then, so I’ll try and make posts when I can.

One of the great things about fashion is that it has so many different aspects, from practical to artistic. I like to observe trends and keep up with style, but at the same time I love to see completely out-there looks that you’d never find in a store window, bordering on costume. These outfits are the fashion-version of paintings to me.

via acceptable (on tumblr)

via acceptable (on tumblr)

Anything involving strong colors and flowers pulls me in immediately. I’m a big fan of fantasy books and movies and love observing all the different takes on that kind of fashion. The veil over her head adds an interesting texture to the mix and throws the colors into a beautiful chaos. The ambiguity of our subject makes it more interesting still.

via BeforeYouKillUsAll

via BeforeYouKillUsAll

The nose to ear chain here is really intriguing. Paired with the suit, it really stands out. I love how his eyebrows have been reshaped with pink makeup. The palette in this photo is fairly minimalistic, sticking mainly to pink, white and brown, bringing unity to all the different elements of his style.

via localshop (on tumblr)

via localshop (on tumblr)

There are a lot of different textures happening here: silky, furry, smooth, floral, beaded… it’s hard to tell where she ends and the clothing begins. It’s kind of hard to tell what’s going on in this picture, but that makes me want to examine it all the more. There’s a subtle gradient of purple to pink from the bottom up, emphasizing her fur shrug/collar. All the elements of this photo exist in a delicate balance, the composition guiding your eye around in a loop to take it all in.

via Trendland

via Trendland

This model’s larger-than-life hair gives her the appearance of a doll which is definitely what her clothing reminds me of. I wish her expression was more playful, though. The pink and green really work well together; I wouldn’t think much of the belt and the dress apart, but together they make sense.

Atelier Versace Fall 2012 | Paris Haute Couture via FashionGoneRogue

Atelier Versace Fall 2012 | Paris Haute Couture via FashionGoneRogue

Her sandals are gorgeous! I love shoes that have lots of straps, even if they aren’t necessarily practical. There are a lot of contrasting patterns in the design of this dress. I really like the ribbing of the corset against the huge flowing panels of fabric. Layers of floating fabric and patterns give the illusion that she’s floating down the runway.

T-minus one week until I leave work, and two weeks until we move! Here’s hoping I can keep my sanity throughout this adventure. Weeeeeeee!

Flowing Summer Prints

The trend of bright colors continues, from neon in the spring to bold colors and patterns in the summer. What better way to show them off than in the bright sunshine?

Retroactive – Ranya Mordanova (via Fashion Gone Rogue)

Retroactive – Ranya Mordanova (via Fashion Gone Rogue)

Retroactive – Ranya Mordanova (via Fashion Gone Rogue)

Retroactive – Ranya Mordanova (via Fashion Gone Rogue)

Prints have really made a come-back. The dress on the top is gorgeous, modest yet chic for summer. The pattern looks like it’s been taken from a kaleidoscope and is easily accessorized with anything black. I really like the super-high-waisted skirt in the bottom image, with a simple top (though not one that cuts down quite that far). I’ve been seeing a lot of dresses and skirts paired with leggings, making this look great for spring and fall as well. Accessorizing with prints is easy; stick to colors found in the prints and you’re good to go! It’s really cute how she’s used bracelets over-top of her heels, whether they’re part of the shoes or not.

 

The Fashion Aquarium – Marte Mei van Haaster (via Fashion Gone Rogue)

The Fashion Aquarium – Marte Mei van Haaster (via Fashion Gone Rogue)

The Fashion Aquarium – Marte Mei van Haaster (via Fashion Gone Rogue)

The Fashion Aquarium – Marte Mei van Haaster (via Fashion Gone Rogue)

The Fashion Aquarium – Marte Mei van Haaster (via Fashion Gone Rogue)

The Fashion Aquarium – Marte Mei van Haaster (via Fashion Gone Rogue)

The photos above caught my attention because of the model; she looks like she’s sweating from heat. Displaying summer clothes on someone that’s sweating (or made to look like she was) makes sense! We should embrace the weather instead of trying to hide from it. The peplum top is very cute and is hopefully made of a thin shear fabric, otherwise, and the shiny silver may generate more heat. The second outfit is really cool; I love the mix of the netting against the overalls, though normally overalls don’t do it for me (perhaps the bottom half is a skirt?). The mix of textures continues in the third image, swirly cotton against smooth silk. Her fire-red shoes really pop against the cool colors of the rest of the outfit.

 

Florence Welch, July 2012 issue of Harper’s Bazaar UK magazine (via Print and Pattern)

Florence Welch, July 2012 issue of Harper’s Bazaar UK magazine (via Print and Pattern)

Florence Welch, July 2012 issue of Harper’s Bazaar UK magazine (via Print and Pattern)

Florence Welch, July 2012 issue of Harper’s Bazaar UK magazine (via Print and Pattern)

I really love the color palette in the shoot above, so warm and dreamy! The whole care-free-flower-child look is really cool, even if I wouldn’t wear it myself. Long flowing fabric is in this summer (think maxi skirts/dresses) and can be worn tons of different ways. The dress above is a little shear in my opinion, but with another layer or two it’d be very wearable. I would like to see different skirt-length options for dresses this summer, though. I’ve seen lots of skirts I’d love to try but they end up dragging behind me and I can’t help but cringe thinking how dirty they’d get.

 

Photography of Joanna Kustra for Factice Mag (via 79 ideas)

Photography of Joanna Kustra for Factice Mag (via 79 ideas)

Photography of Joanna Kustra for Factice Mag (via 79 ideas)

Photography of Joanna Kustra for Factice Mag (via 79 ideas)

The subject matter above is very interesting; a black wedding gown instead of white, flowers hair pieces, the block of black against the top model’s forehead and the orange eye makeup framed with the very popular beachy-waves hairstyle. These portraits draw your attention more to the model and her expression, rather than the fashion, and I like that. The second photo is a bit more traditional but still beautiful, especially her hair.

Looking at what ties all these images together, I think it’s safe to say we should keep the makeup and accessories simple this summer; let the prints and fabrics speak instead!