Developing my final illustration: style 2

As I was disappointed with the final outcome of my first style development illustration, I decided to recreate another one.


I decided to use one of Alison Hansen’s illustrations and use various mediums and techniques from my other two chosen illustrators, to help me understand what colours and techniques would work well together.


I did not add colour to the skin tone of my figure as I wanted to create a focus on the garments illustrated and obtain an impactful depiction.  I painted the lips of my illustration bright red as this is an ongoing characteristic of Grey’s artwork. Grey mainly uses grey, black and red tones in his illustrations. I decided to use a similar colour palette as Grey as I used pastel colours in my previous style development illustration.

img_1530I applied pink and red water colour paint to the skirt of my illustration. In addition, I added small dot detail to the skirt as this is used on occasion in Curzi’s illustrations.

img_1531I then added red strips and black dots to the skirt of my illustration. I feel that the stripe marks were slightly too think. I should have used a thinner brush to apply the stripes.




Curzi applies thick layers of paint to her illustrations and applies water to create a distorted look. I applied this technique to the handbag of my figure. I feel that this technique requires more practice in order to obtain a better result. In addition, I feel that I would have achieved a better result if I had of used a simpler print, when using this technique.


Curzi adds detail to the background of her illustrations using water colour paints, the colours she uses are consistent to the colours she uses on her garments. Therefore, I applied this same effect to this illustration. I love the effect this created as it adds more detail and provides a stronger impact.


I used a fine art pen to outline areas where there was shadow and different features on the illustration e.g. eyes, legs and creases in the garment. I feel that the black pen mark has provided a professional look to the illustration and helps to create a more impactful image.

In conclusion, I am pleased with the final outcome as I feel I have achieved a good quality illustration which combines the techniques and mediums used by all three illustrators. I will use this as guidance to help me create my final illustration.



Developing my final illustration: style 1

Firstly, I looked at how I could use various design and medium aspects from my three chosen illustrators. I was inspired by Alison Hansen to include accessories, namely a hat and handbag in my illustration as they often featured in her artwork. I created a simple outline as the basis of this illustration.

IMG_1521.JPGHansen primarily uses pastel colours in her illustrations and applies it using water colour paint. I wanted to use pastel colours in my illustration as I like how the subtle colours in Hansen’s artwork still created an impactful image. I tried to use Lucia Curzi’s technique of building up various colours. This technique did not provide me with the same effect as I used similar pink and lilac tones. I feel that this technique would have worked better if I were using a range of stronger colours. In addition, I wanted to keep the tones and colours I used in the facial features subtle as this was an ongoing trend throughout my three illustrators. The depiction below represents how my illustration looked after using the various techniques.


I added tonal effects to the skin of my figure like the illustrations of Floyd Grey. In addition, I continued to build up various colour tones on the dress and gilet of my illustration. Finally, I used a fine art pen to depict various aspects of my illustration such as facial features and shadows. The image below represents the final outcome.

img_1523I am disappointed with the end result, as I feel that I created a poor quality illustration. I feel that the colour tones I chose to use did not work will with Curzi’s technique. In addition, I feel that I should have made the head of my figure larger as it would have made it easier for me to add detail. I have always struggled with drawing eyes on fashion figures. Therefore, it would be advisable for me to use accessories like Hanson e.g. sunglasses. I believe that this would provide me with a better quality image.