From Start to Finish: Inspiration to final product

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Step 1: Reference Image

I keep a library of reference images on my phone so that when inspiration sparks, I can easily draw a subject. For this piece I was drawn to this image of the beautiful @instagwen_

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Step 2: Sketch

You may notice tropical elements in some of my illustrations. I lived in Hawaii last year- right across the street from an ethereal garden full of tropical plants and flowers. I brought my sketchbook to the beach near my house and drew this, and I included the giant sunflowers that were in season at the time. For floral references, I usually use photos I take or my own imagination.

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Step 3: Bringing the sketch to life

I love bringing my pencil sketches to life with color. I've recently been experimenting a lot with digital illustration where I scan my sketch in and color it on Photoshop. 

Here's a collage of a few of the steps I take when drawing digitally (Btw I had the idea to take screenshots after I had already finished the face, woops!) I'll be posting more in depth progress collages which will include my techniques as well as the tools I use, so stay tuned for that.

I love adding subtle details at the end of the piece. It's these small additions that really make a piece unique in my eyes. When it comes to these details, I try and get creative with it and go with my gut :)

Intro

~Dear Diary~

Just kidding... kind of. In this blog I am going to be sharing not only my creative process, but also how it ties in with my actual life- as I feel that an artist's own life journey and artistic journey come hand in hand.

Visual art to me is so much more than a pretty picture; it carries so much more weight than what meets the eye. It's the artist inviting you into their world. A glance into their eyes and how they see themselves. It's a living, breathing being that craves nurturing. Fed with love and crafted by the hands of the universe, it brings to life new existence with every stroke. Projects may come to a close, but somehow the artist's job is never done.

Art speaks in emotion. It connects us with ourselves, each other, our pasts and our futures- whilst effortlessly grounding us in the present moment. 

I'm so excited to be able to share my journey with all of you and document my progress. If there are any specific topics you'd like me to cover just leave a comment or send me an email :)

Much luVvv xx