Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Spring Bloom!


So for the third in my series of lady portrait-type assignments, I've got this more realistic one for the LA Times! No sassy bra-ladies this time ;). Joey Santos came to me with an article in the weekend issue about spring tips and trends in makeup as told by Carmandy of What Not To Wear fame (I used to watch What Not To Wear all the time, to Sam's chagrin). The general theme was out with the old and in with the new and fresh, with a particular emphasis on floral colors like corals, pinks, and reds. I was feeling the zest of spring and wanted to do something light and airy with plants and flowers to signify the season.

The assignment turnaround was just 4 days from start to finish, so my sketches were necessarily brief. I had a little trepidation about doing the sketch that was chosen because I wanted the girl to look dreamy but not too silly, though I'm very happy with how it turned out.
Joey also suggested adding her other hand putting makeup on, and toning down the floral wreath-- a good call on both counts! I've been trying to expand my color palette to include some more neutral colors, so I wanted to limit my brights to just the pinks and reds spoken of in the article. Because the emphasis is on the face and the "prettiness" of it all, I really enjoyed going with a more realistic fashiony style. It turned out to be one of my new favorite pieces, I hope you like it too! :)

7 comments:

Jordie Bellaire said...

Yes! It is awesome. I love the textures you put in there for her skin to feel extra rich and freckly.

Diantres said...

hi, you have great works!
cheers form chile

JuanCarlos said...

The image fits the mood perfectly. This is great!

jen mussari said...

Kali! This girl is beautiful! I've been really into floral drawings lately so this is even more awesome to me. I really like how you handled her skin tone and freckles :)

Kali Ciesemier said...

Thanks everyone! Haha, I like her skin too...I've been trying to incorporate more freckles into my girls! :)

Alexis said...

is is a big piece of yummy for sure

Frank said...

A+