Illustration Friday: Sparkle

Some star-folk for this week’s topic.

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I’ve earmarked them for May’s calendar, so check back to see that  soon!

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And here’s a bonus gown, as I was playing with Daniel Smith watercolours for several projects.

And another, which isn’t sparkly at all, but for which I have schemes.

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And in other news, Monsters is 46% funded, and many of the comics have been uploaded. If you’d like to preorder and/or support, that would be wondeful – and you can get a poster of a map drawn by me as one of the rewards!

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Illustration Friday: Orbit

Illustration Friday: Orbit - skirt

The Illustration Friday topic this week was Orbit. I worked through a few concepts (moon-gazing -> Hobbits -> Mary Poppins -> The Childlike Princess -> The Goblin Prince -> Celestial Carousels -> back to Labyrinth -> Regency astronomy -> satellites).

Illustration Friday: Orbit sketches

Eventually came back to the carousel. Why? I do not not know? It involved a lot more work, digging out compasses, working at a large scale, working out new techniques I’d just learned in Inkscape… Probably for all of those reasons.

The idea is to print this on fabric, a panel per yard, and make a skirt in one of the two colourways. I haven’t decided which, but will report back if it works. Or if it fails in unexpected and humorous ways.

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Illustration Friday: Light

Rococo

Poorly lit photos (because I’m just back from the QWC end of year party/program launch and it is late) of some Rococo fashion sketches, warming up to pen and ink again after my break, and learning the shape of Louis XV fashion for another project.

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Illustration Friday: Worn

Illustration Friday: Worn

I’m playing around a little with watercolour (and the reproduction thereof, of which this is the how-not-to example) for some larger projects, so here are some op-shopping ladies for this week’s Illustration Friday topic “Worn”.

I think it was… Shayna? who related one op-shopper’s justification for purchasing fur stoles as, “It’s 70 years old. It would have been dead by now anyway”.

Here’s a larger, cleaner version of the image:

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Brisbane Fashion (sketchbook update)

This is the tail end of the Brisbane floods sketchbook (the full set is here).

By February life was already returning to normal, superficially, and girls were strolling through Queen Street Mall in maxi-dresses:

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And not so maxi-dresses:

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Session musicians were playing at the Irish Club:

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Boys were shamefacedly carrying bright pink shopping bags:

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I kept trying to draw beer, beards and bodhrans:

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There was jewelry to buy at twilight markets:

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There were free plants to acquire in King George Square, and vintage fashion to buy at Mount Gravatt showgrounds:

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And coffee to drink in cafes attached to bookstores which are now gone:

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