Fashion Illustration – Art Challenge 48

This is a new area for me and I wasn’t sure whether I would like fashion drawing as I have strong anti-consumer feel is when it comes to brands, labels and the marketing behind encouraging people to buy and covet things that they often cannot afford and frankly do not need.

For me clothes have to be functional and fit for purpose first and foremost, secondly comfort is key, soft fabrics, cosiness and then it must be something that expresses you and makes you feel good to wear it.

Annyyyway these art challenges are about pushing my boundaries so I kept an open mind and was pleasantly surprised with the results.

When I was maybe 7 or 8 I had a fashion rubbing set which enabled you to choose different heads, then different top section of body clothes and then skirts or trousers with shoes. The task was to piece together the lady and then taking a rubbing of the constructed person to create a picture. When I was fashion drawing it reminded me of that and for some of the time I was 7 again.


These first two drawings were created with marker pens, then one of the drawings was edited in Photoshop on top of a patterned background I had made. Marker Girl 1 completed

Fashion illustration
Fire and Frozen

Blue – ink and white acrylic on a base coat of PVA gave a lovely shine and tactile feel to this illustration. 

I wanted to round my fashion illustration by drawing a male design. This piece is Dark Angel using collage, inks and acrylics.
Kim Plastic Girl
This piece is the white dress design enhanced on Photoshop with my photograph as a background. I like the plastic wrap effect and overall end result of this piece.

Thank you for
taking a look at this Art Challenge, here are related challenges.

The Art of Skating
Life Drawing – my first experience
Creating Smiling Characters
Manga Character

Dark Art – Art Challenge 47

I am cautious to stray into a darker psyche but have been motivated to do so a few times of late.

I aim to inspire and uplift people because I feel there is so much darkness in the world. The news media make hearing and seeing the darkness hard to avoid. I  made this short video about the news media in 2013.“>IMG_8998

I hope that in posting these creations I don’t offend or upset.

how the darkness of our suffering world suffocates my heart


When sadnrss begins to creep over


The cloud of darkness like a thick blavk sludgey tar blocking out the colour and the light
Desperation and despair when hope seems futile and I acknowledge that the workd is screwed


Romantic meals and rock concerts ruined by bullets and explosives. A bloody Friday that rocked the World.


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Peace for Paris and all of us


My pondering girl with lego Peace/ Ban the Bomb lenses. 

Thats it, I’ve gone into the darkness, enough of that, back to bright fun posts next week. have a great rest of the week everyone.

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Kim x

Experimenting with Printing – Art Challenge 46

Inspired by Australian artist Tracy Verdugo I used the scratch foam of a pizza base to create a printing block. I chose to draw a picture of a bird on a branch over the sea.

The etching process was quite a satisfying sensation. Once the design was on the foam I added paint to sections of the picture and printed onto paper. I repeated this ‘paint then print’ process to gradually build the detail of the printed picture.



This is the final version, which I worked into with my trusty white gel pen.

I liked the texture of the printed paint, I feel that I used too many colours, I should have limited my palette to maybe four colours or chosen shades that worked better together.

My second printing experience was done inking up a glass plate using a breyer then placing my paper onto the ink before drawing from magazine photographs. The first print had too much ink on it, but that became useful for an inverted image, as explained below.


For this picture I put together three pictures to create the new printed image. I like the effect on the female character in the centre.

IMG_0817 This image has contrasting subjects which are fashion models and running refugees. I constructed this print from two different media sources. IMG_0819I liked how the following print worked on this cartridge paper, I think this is my favourite print of the bunch.

For this final one I made the printed image colours inverted in an app and then printed the new image before working into the picture with white gel pen. I do love white gel pen.   I enjoyed the freedom of this drawing style, I couldn’t see my drawing so I wasn’t judging the line.  Also it’s important to work quickly as otherwise you forget which areas of the picture have been drawn. I feel that this swift drawing and line choosing has helped my general drawing skills.

I enjoyed the printing exercises but wasn’t comfortable ethically with copying a line in this way and it raised lots of questions of plagiarism in art and about the question of the original thought. I chose where to draw and the arrangement but I question whether that enough. I guess if I did this process from my own photographs then I would feel that work was original and truly my own creation.

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If you’re intrigued to see more art challenges then here are some key posts:

Painted Bird House – Art Challenge 31

Animating Paper Pictures – Art Challenge 15

Polyfusion – Art Challenge 45

My First Art Commission – Art Challenge 33

Life Drawing – Art Challenge 44

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