This illustration was done using colored pencils and soft pastels. I’ve been doing a lot more drawing lately. Ideas like this really start from experimentation with shapes. Started with the heart and then moved into other shapes, horizon line, etc. This will probably end up becoming a full fledged personal project and, possibly, prints made for sale.
There was a period of time in the mid-late 1990s that every girl dressed like this. Even the most well-to-do family had their GOTHIC daughter. Oh, the horror! One too many Tim Burton movies and far too many trips to the Hot Topic at the local mall.
This drawing was originally done with a pen on a notepad. It was then imported to Autodesk Sketchbook Mobile for coloring. I was really impressed with Sketchbook because it allowed me to color in layers and then export as a Photoshop PSD file. Best $0.99 I ever spent for an Android application.
This weekend I finally decided it was time to draw again. It’s been a really, really long time. My closet is full of art supplies I haven’t used since college! So I packed up my colored pencils and my sketchbook and made it a goal to draw something that day. My only restriction was to draw something with a lot of color because my color palette lately has been a bit desaturated.
This particular drawing took a long time because I pressed really hard on the colored pencils to get a crayon effect. Crayons have a great look, but they snap often and that’s no good.
I’ll probably do a more detailed illustration based on this sketch.