My ultimate favorite site for photo / fashion references : Stylenanda website
Korean fashion overload! I love, love, love Park Sora but for this illustration I will be using this photo of Stylenanda model Min Soo Ah
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Sketchpad : RHODIA Uni-blank
Mechanical Pencil for Sketching : PILOT ENO 0.7 in blue
Yes, it has blue lead and it’s easy to erase. I use Faber Castell or Mongol black erasers.
Markers : Tria Markers and Letraset Markers
* PROCESS *
Circles represent the joints and lines represent the limbs.
Once done with the frame of the body, I start adding the clothes.
Rough sketch of the details.
0.05 [smallest] for the tiny details.
I use 0.8 for the outlines.
When inking hair, I usually start drawing the thick [0.3-0.5] lines first.
Then fill in the thinner lines [0.05-0.2] to make the hair look more bouncy/flowy.
It also adds depth to the image but be careful not to overdo it.
Fill in details of the fabric.
Once you’re happy with the overall look, you can erase your blue lines.
Don’t rub to hard because the ink might fade off. When that happens, you have to re-ink your illustration.
Use a flesh tone colored pencil as guides before coloring with markers.
PS: Always have a separate sheet for color swatches.
Most markers have double nibs, but Tria markers have three (1) Broad (2) Brush (3) Fine.
I always start with the lightest as base.
Then I gradually add shadows and highlights.
For solid fills, I use Zig’s Kurecolor markers mainly because it’s the most affordable one.
It’s not as blendable as Copics but it’s excellent for single base fills.
Create Gradient/Ombre lips easily with a blender.
Make sure to work quickly because markers dry fast making it hard to blend.
Add color to your blender marker by sticking both nibs together (color of choice + blender). That’ll make the color subdued and translucent.
After blending with markers, use colored pencils to make the gradient appear more soft and gradual. You can also use this technique on the cheeks though I prefer a different method – which I will show you shortly.
Hair highlights to match the eyes.
Leave a white space (hair highlight/sheen) to make hair look shiny and bouncy.
Stabilo point88 fine.
Oops, deviated from the reference photo :))
Again, for the small areas / tiny details, always use a pen with a fine point preferably nothing above 0.2.
More gradient, ohohoho!
Cheek blush. My secret is that I use real make-up :)) Blush/eyeshadows are easier to use but since I didn’t have one with me…
My favorite tint – Tony Moly Kiss Lover Lip Master. I love this tint so much I have 4 shades !
On your separate sheet, swatch a tiny amount of the product. Using your ring finger, carefully dab a small amount of product on to your illustration.
Don’t go crazy with the dabbing! Your drawing might end up looking like Pikachu.
Finishing touch – baby pink outlines.
Finished ! Yahuu ~!
Not sure if this post will be helpful to anyone ._. Hope you enjoyed! 😀