Giorgio Armani – Live Beauty Sketching

Hello lovelies,

As some of you may recall , if you saw my last post and /or on Instagram , this past Saturday , I sketched live with Giorgio Armani for their event at Saks Fifth Avenue, in Maryland. I sketched from 10:30 until 7 pm with a short break in between for a quick bite. Sketching beautiful people to music for 8 straight hours – nothing to complain about . It was a busy , fun filled energetic day as clients got their makeover done by celebrity make artist Tim Quinn and designer Jesus Estrada along with the Armani beauty team .

I was asked to create sketches of clients in about 15 minutes or less . I chose to do a mix of watercolors , ink and pens. I love doing the quick washes in watercolors and ink and refining it with pen. I started out doing 15 minute sketches , but as the day went by and it got busier in the afternoon . I had to hammer out sketches in less than 10 minutes. But, I love a challenge ¬†ūüôā

Here’s some of the behind the scenes look and some of the sketches at the event. Enjoy and I’d love to hear your thoughts !

And , thank you all for the support you’ve given me on this crazy journey of mine in the world of illustration. It almost seemed impossible when I started out, but reading your comments, emails and messages keeps me going . I truly value your support !

Cheers,

Laksh

Sketching Tips with Markers and Pens

Hello loves,

Often I get asked about how one can improve on sketching , painting etc. I thought I’d create a blog post with the markers that I use the most – Copic , along with Prisma Markers.

There are many ways of creating a single look . Other artists may use different markers within the same brand to achieve a look.  This is mine . So feel free to use this as a guide , but come up with your own way to get a certain look.

Here’s a sketch I created from Amazon India Fashion Week , that happened last week, in India. The model is Indian , so the markers I used for the skin tone would apply to a tan skin tone. I normally use these skin tones for Indian skin tones, tanned skin tones etc. I make adjustments on which color to use more to create the appropriate skin tones¬†.

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Designer : Shivan and Narresh

Model : Rikee Chaterjee

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  1. SKIN TONES 

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Again depending on the skin color I start out with lighter colors as base colors and then build up on the darker parts . For this sketch , I used E02, E31 , Y11 and RV10 for the skin colors.Mixing  RV10 and Y11 give the sketch light blush and pale yellow tones where the light bounces off the skin.

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From then on I build on the skin color using E31 – Brick Beige – which is a great color to use for tan / brown skin. The shadows work great with E55 – Light camel. Sometimes I use gray tones to build on shadows on skin. I didn’t in this case.

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2. OUTFIT

A black outfit  makes this sketch a perfect subject for a tutorial !

The trick to sketching a black outfit is to work with grays as base colors and then use black to fill up on the darker portions . It works well to play with the light and shadows and to create a sense of movement .

I used C3, T3 and C7 for the gray tones.

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I don’t know how many black markers I own , honestly. I ran out of black Copic markers , so I turned to Prisma Color marker and Faber Castell pens .

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Faber Castell artist pens are , for a lack of a better description  Рblack gold . They are amazing for sketching and creating rich dark tones.

3. FINAL TOUCHES 

I usually use Sakura Micron pens to add finishing touches and add outlines to my sketches. They work great along with Copic Markers.

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Lets not forget the power of the Colorless blender. Its the perfect tool to blend colors to give it a seamless effect. I highly recommend it when you use two or more markers to achieve a certain look.

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Purchasing Copic Markers and Sakura Micron Pens. 

Copic Markers available at Blick and Amazon. There’s a small selection of Copics at Michaels. ¬†There might be other venues that I’m not aware of , but these are where I get my supply of Copics.

I’ve purchased Sakura Micron pens from Michaels, Blick¬†and Amazon .

All of the markers , pens (Copics, PrismaColor , Faber Castell , Sakura ) , ¬†I’ve referenced in this post are of beautiful quality . So there’s really not a cheap way to get these materials. They are all considered quality illustration materials – which means you get high quality.

If you are starting out or a student , then I recommend starting out small and slowly building up your collection.

Feel free to let me know your thoughts and how you use your art materials for similar sketches .

Happy Sketching !

-Lakshmi

 

 

New York Fashion Week Diaries – FW17

Here’s a run down on my trip to New York Fashion Week . Finally got around to it. I spent 4 days in New York . It was everything I was hoping for and more. I love the energy it comes with and meeting friends , and meeting new people.

The first day of NYFW , we had a storm Рof course.

TADASHI SHOJI 

I was fortunate to get backstage access at Tadashi Shoji before the show. I love seeing everything put together before the show. The hair , make up , last minute touches and the energy is almost palpable. Here are a few sketches that I did backstage . These were quick and in less than 5 minutes of the hair and make up .

I used my iPad Pro and Apple Pencil this time at the shows. It was quite easy to navigate in the crowded spots and , not to mention, easy to move around with . I drew on Procreate app on the iPad.

Here is the link to the final walk on Instagram.

An illustration from one of my favorites from the show – my favorite part of post show ūüôā

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NOON BY NOOR 

I was supposed to head to Noon by Noor’s backstage. But I didn’t have the courage to exit the building into the storm to get backstage. Not happening -unless, I really had to . So I headed straight to the show after Tadashi Shoji within the same facility.

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I have a thing for capes ..

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HAKKAN AKAYA

This show was all black , all fierce and edgy . Loved the vibe.

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JILL STUART

JIll Stuart’s presentation¬†was filled with haunting beauties in one of the most gorgeous architectural spaces I have seen in New York – The Skylight at 195 , Broadway Street.

 

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FRANCESCA LIBERATORE

There was lace, metallics , bold graphics and typography , stripes and patterns along with the most gorgeous makeup and hairdo.

My favorite look from Francesca Liberatore illustrated below.

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I hope you liked the run down Рa mix of photographs and illustrations . These were the illustrations from some of the shows that  I attended. Sketches from my other favorites are already up on Instagram.

All the illustrations above have been sketched with iPad Pro using Apple Pencil in Procreate app. Its¬†easy to carry around and I can grab at inspiration when it strikes. I worked on some sketches in between shows, easy to carry , store away. I had to make sure to get my charger , portable charger along to charge my phone and iPad (sometimes). While I am all about my pens, markers, watercolors, paints and brushes, I wanted to try out the digital materials this time at NYFW. Downside – I had to be really careful not to drop the iPad or the Pencil – for obvious reasons ! I would’ve not been happy with my decision – but both contraptions made it through backstage trysts , coffee shops, lounges and lived to tell the tale of this trip. Hope you like them.

If there are any questions about the illustrations , or NYFW, feel free to write to me and I’ll do my best to answer them

Take care,

Lakshmi

Lakme Fashion Week 2016

Hello friends,

So much has happened since I last updated my blog. For now I want to update it with the sketches I did during Lakme Fashion Week held in March/April in my hometown – Mumbai.

I worked on these sketches using Copic Markers and Sakura Micron pens. No pencils were used in the making of these illustrations ! I went straight for the pens and markers.

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Manish Malhotra pretty much showing us we are all stars in this galaxy 
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Mrilalini Gupta’s Bohemian ensemble with the fun messy top half knots¬†
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Poco and Jacky ‘s military inspiration¬†
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I was super excited to see Swati And Naina’s sari collection ! The classic always stands out !
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Wendell Rodricks
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Rahul Mishra 
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Payal Khandwala РNever shies away from color and I love her work for it. This one was my favorite РI liked creating the movement in the fabric.. and that sari ! 
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Masaba Gupta 
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Neeta Lulla 
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Nishka Lulla’s absolutely divine pastels¬†
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And Anushree Reddy’s bridal brigade … simply gorgeous !

I really enjoyed illustrating these. I hope you like them too .

As always, feel free to contact me for commissioned works for your look books, events and more. I love creating custom looks .

Cheers, loves !

Lakshmi

NYFW16 – Leanne Marshall

 

Sigh ! Where do I begin with Leanne Marshall’s show ? I’ve been in love with her designs ever since I first saw her work featured on NYC Dance project’s Instagram feed. I’ve illustrated her work before here and here.

So, if it looks like I’m a fan, well , that’s true. The show had beautiful color palettes – black,¬†warm colors – brown, burgundy, sunshine yellow, pale greys all with flecks of gold in some of the dresses. The dresses are to die for. Every model looked like a princess as they floated past us . And if you can tell from the photos, I got a nice seat for this one .

Leanne Marshall’s work inspires me to draw every single one of her works. Maybe someday ! In the meantime, enjoy the photos, videos and the illustrations. Her work should always be recorded in slo-mo !

I couldn’t wait to illustrate them. The fabric, the silhouettes, the colors, the sheer, the drama – all make for beautiful illustrations and create themselves all on their own .

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Until next time, Leanne Marshall !

Lakshmi

 

December is here..

Hello lovelies,

I cannot believe the ¬†year is almost drawing to an end. Its the beginning of December. ¬†In our household, it means, I just got done with both my kids’ birthday parties. Majority of the birthdays in our family begin in October. My sisters, my husband, father- in-law, my niece , my son , my brother-in-law and my daughter. Lots of birthdays, phew !

December begins with my daughter’s birthday , there’s holiday parties, Christmas , my own birthday and of course the year ends – in that order .

There’s lots of illustrations to be done , in all of this, of course.

I’ve been busy with a few commissioned pieces, which I love. If you’ve been keeping up with me on Instagram, you’ll see the stuff I’ve been playing with.

It’s hard to pick , but here are some of my favorite pieces.

I came across this gorgeous dress designed by Suneet Varma, an Indian designer. The red just caught my eye . Give him some love. Really one to watch .

This particular piece was regrammed by the designer. yay.. to me its a recognition that the designer appreciates the way I interpret his vision in my own way. I also feel very connected to the designer and his/her vision.

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Suneet Varma

Who doesn’t like shoes and heels ? Pair them up with some frayed hem jeans as reported by The Zoe Project – you’ll be on point.

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Heels and frayed jeans = awesome 

 

I love illustrating movement , as is obvious in many of my sketches – be it fashion , street style , dance and sport . Its all about conveying that energy in an artistic way. I am inspired by the photographs taken by the nycdanceproject¬†. If you haven’t checked them out, you should. Here’s a sketch inspired by their picture from last Monday.

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More shoes. I love them .. which girl doesn’t , right ?

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Pantone delighted the world by announcing the Color of the Year for 2016 – not one , but two – Rose Quartz and Serenity ! Thank you , Pantone !

 

 

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This is me, literally , thanking Pantone !

This dress .. speechless !

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Marchesa Fashion’s SS16 couture from NYFW¬†

I also want to highlight the fashion happening in Australia . I am an Indian-born Australian living in the U.S. I tend to stay connected to all these parts of me through illustrating them . Keeps me inspired and hopefully , I bring to you content that is fresh and new.

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Erin Holland dressed in Danni Minogue for Target Australia and Jean Paul Gaultier. Pretty Stunning , huh ? 

Lastly , I want to leave you with this gorgeous ballerina – yes, again …

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Leanne Lovette for nycdanceproject 

This one just felt like she was floating – poetry in motion. One of those pictures that you feel just has to be illustrated !

I hope you have a lovely week ahead of you . I will be back again to share more with you . In the meantime, email me Рlsartillustration (at) gmail.com)  to say hi or follow me on Instagram to keep up and connect .

Cheers,

Laksh

November is here !

Happy Monday ! Its already November . I mean, how fast is 2015 going ? In a blink of an eye , so much has happened.

October was such a fun month for me. I have had so much to be thankful for. It started with the amazing mention on WhoWhatWear.

I have had a few enquiries on commission illustrations . Wow ! Which brings me to the point , I am open to creating commission illustrations – especially with the holidays coming up. Email me ūüôā

The other bit of exciting news – if you aren’t following me on Instagram – come on over. I did an illustration of Zuhair Murad’s design for ¬†New York City Ballet – which got regrammed to their followers !! I mean , c’mon – waking up on a Saturday morning to seeing your illustration on Zuhair Murad’s instagram feed ???! No words.

I am such a fan of his work. There’s such a feminine , elegant and ethereal quality to his designs. So to be acknowledged by him is an honor.

Here’s the original image

I happen to have in progress shots of the illustration too. Its fun capturing the process, don’t you think ?

Hang out with me on Instagram , where I try and post everyday . I’d love to hear from you – even if it is just to say hello.

Cheers,

Lakshmi