February 2023 Calendar: 12 Dancing

Design of twelve women dancing in (western) dresses from various eras. White figures, rainbow of dresses.

These calendar pages are made possible by patrons, who get them a little bit early, along with alternative colourways, and other sneak-peeks and behind-the-scenes art: patreon.com/tanaudel. It is also supported by those very kind people who throw a few dollars towards it via the tip jar: ko-fi.com/tanaudel.

It has been a while since I played with the “Twelve Dancing Princesses” story, and I’d recently been flipping through some books of European costume history, so here are the ladies!

They began as digital sketches.

Screenshot of sketch of Regency girl in white, yellow and black

But I inked them with a brush, before colouring them digitally.

Photo of parts of inked pages

If you want to see the sketching and inking process, here is a timelapse. The digital sketches are drawn in Procreate on the iPad; the inking is on Canson illustration paper with a round brush (#8? maybe?) with Dr Ph Martin’s Black Star Matte Ink (usually I use Winsor Newton for drawing), and a light box/light pad.

The video switches from digital to ink at about 2.10.

Patrons also have access to a more muted full spectrum, and some lovely soft greens. And I’ve also attached the yellow-and-white version because it was the original idea, and for the sake of some 1970s murder mysteries involving reproductions of ancient Greek pottery that I had on in the background while sketching.

Screenshot of drawing of lady in Edwardian dress in three different colourways (white figure/rose dress; brown figure/pink dress; white figure/green dress)

And below (for personal use) are the printable versions ā€” pre-coloured and to colour in yourself.

If you like these and/or like supporting artists, you can contribute to the calendar (and get it and other behind-the-scenes things early) at patreon.com/tanaudel (starts at US$1/month) or tip me a few dollars through Ko-Fi: ko-fi.com/tanaudel. Either is greatly appreciated! And of course many previous designs are available as prints etc on Redbubble and Spoonflower. Also, I have a very occasional mailing list for occasional updates/major announcements: Mailing List Sign-Up

February 2023 calendar. Design of twelve women dancing in (western) dresses from various eras. White figures, rainbow of dresses.
February 2023 calendar. Design of twelve women dancing in (western) dresses from various eras. White dresses, yellow figures.

1 thought on “February 2023 Calendar: 12 Dancing

  1. Pingback: January 2023 ā€” round-up of posts | Kathleen Jennings

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