ART FASHION ILLUSTRATION TUTORIAL

My Drawing / Illustration Process

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My ultimate favorite site for photo / fashion references : Stylenanda website 

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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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Materials 
[Please leave a comment on my Disqus box below if you have any questions regarding other brands I use]

Sketchpad : RHODIA Uni-blank

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Mechanical Pencil for Sketching : PILOT ENO 0.7 in blue

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Yes, it has blue lead and it’s easy to erase. I use Faber Castell or Mongol black erasers.

Inking Pens 

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Markers : Tria Markers and Letraset Markers

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* PROCESS *

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Circles represent the joints and lines represent the limbs.

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Once done with the frame of the body, I start adding the clothes.

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Rough sketch of the details.

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0.05 [smallest] for the tiny details.

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I use 0.8 for the outlines.

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When inking hair, I usually start drawing the thick [0.3-0.5] lines first.

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Then fill in the thinner lines [0.05-0.2] to make the hair look more bouncy/flowy.

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It also adds depth to the image but be careful not to overdo it.

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Fill in details of the fabric.

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Once you’re happy with the overall look, you can erase your blue lines. 

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Don’t rub to hard because the ink might fade off. When that happens, you have to re-ink your illustration.

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Use a flesh tone colored pencil as guides before coloring with markers. 

PS: Always have a separate sheet for color swatches.

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Most markers have double nibs, but Tria markers have three (1) Broad (2) Brush (3) Fine.

I always start with the lightest as base.

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Then I gradually add shadows and highlights.

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For solid fills, I use Zig’s Kurecolor markers mainly because it’s the most affordable one. 

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It’s not as blendable as Copics but it’s excellent for single base fills.

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Fur details.

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Create Gradient/Ombre lips easily with a blender. 

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Make sure to work quickly because markers dry fast making it hard to blend.

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Tada! 

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Another trick:

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Add color to your blender marker by sticking both nibs together (color of choice + blender). That’ll make the color subdued and translucent. 

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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.

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Hair highlights to match the eyes.

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Leave a white space (hair highlight/sheen) to make hair look shiny and bouncy.

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Healthy hair!

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Stabilo point88 fine.

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Oops, deviated from the reference photo :)) 

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Again, for the small areas / tiny details, always use a pen with a fine point preferably nothing above 0.2.

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More gradient, ohohoho!

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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…

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My favorite tint – Tony Moly Kiss Lover Lip Master. I love this tint so much I have 4 shades ! 

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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. 

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Don’t go crazy with the dabbing! Your drawing might end up looking like Pikachu.

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Finishing touch – baby pink outlines.

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Finished ! Yahuu ~!

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Not sure if this post will be helpful to anyone ._. Hope you enjoyed! 😀 

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