28 September 2009

english renaissance

It's been 5 years since I painted this, I was in high school and we were studying the costume history. This was the fashion composition I made for the Renaissance period. Over sized shapes and exaggerate detail in the embroidery of the dress are the leitmotif of this composition.
I still remember how long it took me to paint this one and it was around 18 hours in total, I spent 16 of them only on the dress. This was a challenge, my first so detailed work and it kind of stuck with me becoming a dominant part in my style.
The medium is watercolour as base and main shading, I used coloured crayons for some detail shading and fine line markers, silver and gold pens for the small details. The colour palette included mainly earth colours with highlights.

20 September 2009

egyptian military outfit

Continuing my journey to fill my small blog's pages.

The story behind these pieces of paper dates thousands of years ago. I designed these back in 2007 if I remember correctly, somewhere in my first or second year of college. The main idea for this collection was "the military costume" and we each had to pick an era or a country for the costume inspiration. I picked Ancient Egypt (for it is my favorite era) and the costume I picked was actually the military costume for horses. The first drawing has the military horse costume redesigned for a human being with the elements rearranged and redesigned for other purposes.

After that came the "reference sketches" in which I played with the costume's elements and other, creating different designs and making them a bit more modern. The squares indicate the colours that would match the outfit. Colouring the sketches was an easy task, and fast at the same time. Just dip the paint brush into water and then into the watercolour; then just follow the drawing's lines, the volumes and shapes of the clothes making some slight shadings. This type of colouring is more for emphasizing not for the accuracy of the figure.

watercolour on paper 21 x 29.7 cm

Based on those sketches (I won't post all of them because they were too many and I didn't think they were all very good) I started to create the collections. One had to be pret-a-porter (en. ready-to-wear) and one haute-couture (en. high-class). For these sketches I used watercolour as a base colour and also for some main shading, and for the detail shading, pastel chalk and coloured crayons. For the fine lines, ball pen and gel markers. In some areas I used gold an copper paint (in the first two for example, the lines in the tops are actually golden). Another fast way for drawing fashion sketches, for exercise or not, is to create some figures, "body templates", photocopy them and draw the designs on top (that's why, in some of my collections, the ones that had to have so many sketches, some of my figures have the same positions). It's a fast and practical way, but I suggest to always look for new poses and improvements to your croquis lines.

14 September 2009

window licker

Going back in time for the moment, with the projects I was in, besides my collection. I didn't have time to tell the stories but I guess there's nothing wrong with living a bit in the past.

I was, and still am, collaborating with a local skate shop, called Uman, they also organised the competitions in which I painted on monster shoes. As a result... many projects. One of them was the custom counter I painted for their shop in Cluj. It took around 15 hours in total and I used street art for reference and my humble imagination. I also incorporated some of the shoes & clothing labels the shop is working with. I used simple coloured permanent markers, you can find those anywhere. If you want to fill in the shapes, then I suggest acrylics or tempera colours because markers leave this shade when you go over one layer and it doesn't look quite professional.

Another project was the window for their shop in Timisoara. Same style, same references, different attitude. For the window I used washable markers and paint markers. Again, if you want to fill in the shapes, then I recommend special window colors, that are used in modern stained glasses.

Thanks to Ina, Waldi, Flavius & Alex for the photos.

11 September 2009

in the fields

Sometimes, when I'm not playing with my crayons I take pictures. Well, I actually sit in front of the camera and portray some feeling and emotions and act. I always turn into somebody else and I think it's really fun to explore that many sides of a human being. But don't let the pictures fool you, I'm not that type of a supermodel.

This time we shot near Lipova, in a sunflower field and somewhere on a stranded road in the sunny August. And the photographer was not my so familiar sister, so it was challenging a bit

Photographer: Mihai Albu
Assistant: Alina Focaru
Styling, mua: myself
Editing: Mihai Albu & myself

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