Apparently, I have loved rainbows my whole life. I found this watercolor painting in a box of my grade school artwork. I think I was maybe 7 years old when I created this piece of art. I don’t really remember painting it, but I am not surprised.
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The other week I posted about how I spent a whole day celebrating Watercolor Wednesday (which might be a thing I made up, but who cares). I painted humans and animals, and I already posted the human paintings. This week I’ll share the animals I painted.
They are quite anthropomorphic, but they are animals none-the-less. A good friend of mine is really into foxes and friends, so he is collecting fox drawings from his friends to cover one of his apartment walls. I painted these guys up and sent them his way.
Okay, so I don’t do Watercolor Wednesday every week (partly because I lose track of what day it is nearly every day), but a few weeks back I did an ENTIRE DAY of Watercolor Wednesday and I absolutely loved it! I need to spend every Wednesday just playing with watercolors.
One of the projects I worked on that day was finishing up a set of watercolor fashion illustrations for my monoprismatic collection. I wanted to have these drawings done before the collection went onto the runway, but when the deadlines starting flying at me, I decided to finish the clothing first. No regrets.
Each figure was drawn to resemble the model that wore that particular outfit on the runway. I don’t always do that, but I think having a separate hue for each model created a strong model-color-outfit connection in my brain. I’m really color-oriented up there.
It feels good to have all the illustrations finally completed. Even better, I’m more than ecstatic about how they turned out. Now I just have to figure out how to get some prints made asap, since so many people have been fighting over these even before I had them all drawn! (If your an artist with a suggestion on how/where to get prints made, help a brother out. Honestly, I’m stuck in “passive research” mode and I’d prefer to be in “waiting for the beautiful prints to arrive on my doorstep” mode.)
I’m for real about the prints. I will figure it out soonish, so keep an eye out for prints of these cute fashion drawings to pop up into my shop at www.audiohelkuik.etsy.com. I’m excited to share the rainbowy glee!
I’m currently working on a clothing collection called monoprismatic. I like to create fashion illustrations for every collection I produce, but the illustrations for this line have really helped me to understand the overall feel monoprismatic.
I’ve sketched countless scribbles of garments, accessories and ideas over the past year. The garments have morphed quite a bit from when I started, but the figure wearing the outfit has remained fairly consistent. When I noticed this, I perked up and paid attention. The figure was always very still and confident. However, they seemed a little hesitant, perhaps because they were on display or they were in a new environment–like they were definitely sure of themselves, but maybe not of the viewer. Perhaps this is a reflection of my own personality. One of my art teachers in the past always told me that if an artist didn’t draw people from a photograph or a live model, the finished artwork end up representing the artist far more than they intended.
Another consistency throughout my sketches was the fact that all figures were wearing glasses. The glasses tended to get bigger and more cartoonish as my ideas solidified. This detail has definitely stuck around for the completed collection look. I’ve embraced them completely and confidently as a quirky and bold accessory.
My dad is the kind of guy who would probably never ever put on any of the clothing that I make. But he loves and supports me (Thanks, Dad!). He always hints at wanting SOMETHING from my collections, but I know better than whipping up a custom circus-Dad outfit for him. If I did that, we all know he’d have to try to pull off a stellar performance of forced-polite-face when he opened it and then it would be forever unworn. Instead, I surprised him last year for Christmas with a series of illustrations featuring my sugar.skin.circus clothing.
It was cute to watch him open them because he always tries to be so stoic, but he was pretty pumped about them. He even busted them out and wrangled someone into helping him parade them around any time a visitor stopped by. Now they are hanging up in his house.