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Laura

There is, one knows not what, sweet mystery about this sea, whose gently awful stirrings seem to speak of some hidden soul beneath.

Hello friends! This whale illustration might be one of my favourite things that I’ve ever drawn.

Although I can’t say that it’s an illustration from Moby Dick (wrong type of whale). I loved this quote from Moby Dick by Herman Melville and *shock* haven’t drawn a whale before! That had to be set right.

This is an A3 size watercolour painting on Arches watercolour paper. Masking fluid was used to write the text before paint was applied, and alcohol (white rum :D) was used to create the texture of the sea. I really love both of the effects. The only thing I might do differently now is to make the sky dark maybe? Please tell me what you think!

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woman walking dogs fashion illustration

When walking my two very enthusiastic dogs the other day (and when I say ‘walk’, I mean dragged along at high speed by my dogs :D), I got the idea to do this illustration. There was a beautiful reference in Troyt Coburn’s ‘A Study in Pastel’ shoot for Marie Claire Australia June 2012 issue for the optimistically dressed lady. I don’t fancy her chances in looking so glamorous for long in those Prada shoes.

This illustration features dogs that I’ve either known or owned! My two current dogs – the white and black and gold German Shepherds – take pride of place here but will probably be outraced by my friend’s Dalmatian, Sparkle.

Here’s a link to the full-sized picture here! Thank you and I hope you have a lovely day. xxx

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lipstick kiss

Lipstick

by Laura

A late Valentine’s Day watercolour painting I did while half-watching a film, as ya do. I seem to draw best while I have some film on in the background, though they become more like audiobooks to me. My family jokes that the test of a good film is whether I draw through it or not. It helps to give your eyes (and your brain) some kind of a break from staring intensely at a piece of paper every so often, so it works for me!

Lipstick is based on an editorial photo of Daphne Groeneveld by Txema Yeste for Harper’s Bazaar Spain, which I loved, but I wanted to bring more of a Schiaparelli feeling to it and make the lips stand out as being heart-shaped. In the end, it’s turned out very graphic and clean after using a limited colour palette and flat acrylic paint-like application.

As always, I’m on instagram and would love to hear from you! 

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marie anoinette modern sketch

A fashion illustration based on Marie Antoinette, where everyone, including the extras, were the cool cats. I just love the juxtaposition between historical and modern, as I love a juxtaposition between traditional techniques and digital, which you can see an example in my tutorial for applying watercolour digitally.

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The Alexander McQueen F/W 2016 collection was an Erté influenced dream with a focus on adornment, making every model a nymph straight out of a fairytale. I particularly loved the wispy, dishevelled hairstyles with beautiful and elaborate pinned accessories. I painted a freestyle ink base to compliment the intricate details. The blindfold was my artistic license because I was getting a Highwaywoman feeling from how the sketch was going.

 

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A new addition to my art supplies collection is the Faber-Castell Polychromos 120 pencil set and I AM SO EXCITED! Here’s a little unboxing post before they’re used, and though they’ll acquire that slightly rustic, loved aesthetic, they won’t look as pristine as they do now.

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While falling into a black hole of fashion editorials, I found a great photoshoot for Elle Canada which I just had to sketch right away, immediately, post haste! The next thing I know it’s 5 am, but as much as I love those flashes of inspiration in the wee hours, my sleep cycle really doesn’t.

For this one I wanted to contrast the modern styling with some Mucha-inspired details, and I’m so happy with how it turned out. It’s a mix of traditional and digital mediums which I’ll detail below in a little tutorial.

The original pencil sketch

Final piece post digitally applied watercolour

Mini-tutorial for avoiding the dreaded ‘muddy’ watercolours when painting over pencil! under the cut.

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