I've been spending time getting into jewelry making, and have listed a few of my creations at Sway and Swoon Art's Etsy page. Most designs are made using Czech glass beads, which catch the light in pretty and unique ways. Feel free to give it a look for yourself, either by clicking on the link above, or visiting the shop section of the site.
Finally, a guy! I don't know why I tend to draw women more than men, it must have something to do with the fact that women wear more interesting clothes then men. Or maybe it has to do with the hair. Either way, I suppose it doesn't matter, the important thing is that I finished the drawing below. He was sketched from portions of Tyler Hoechlin and Zac Efron's faces. Altogether I think he came out looking a lot like a cross between Eric Winter and Dylan Sprayberry. Go figure!
It sure has been a while since I posted any new work. Not that I haven't wanted to, but you know how it goes... life sometimes gets in the way. Anyways, I was doodling around in Illustrator and I like the final resulting portrait that you can see above. Purple hair is so pretty!
I completed the color corrections to my fabric designs and had it printed on some very nice and thick linen-cotton fabric. It looks fantastic, thankfully. I was a little worried that not all of the color corrections would work out, but they did. Now all I have to do is get to work on creating with it. I plan to sew euro shams as my first project.
This fabric print is available for sale with Spoonflower.com and can be purchased by following the link to http://www.spoonflower.com/fabric/2982818. Thanks all and enjoy!
I finally received the fabric I designed! Yea! This is only the first draft. I will have to alter the colors in a few places to make it look how I want, but overall I am quite pleased with the final result.
<----- This photo to the left is of a whole yard, sized 42x36 inches. Each portrait is enclosed in an oval that is 4.5 inches in width and 8 inches in height (extending from the top of the oval to the bottom of the lowest part of the middle flower).
You can click on the photo to the left to expand it for viewing. You may also click and expand on the close-up images below for more detail. I apologize in advance that these photos aren't the greatest, but I will take some nicer pictures once I get the final draft of my fabric back from the printers.
Unfortunately, not all of the portraits came out looking how I wanted them to. It is understood that a printer cannot generate as many colors as a computer screen. I tried my best to use the color guide given by the printer, but for some skins tones and especially for shading and highlight details I had to diverge from the color chart and hope for the best when printing. For example, my divergence from the color chart caused some of the middle-tone skin colors came out looking too red/orange. I will need to alter those to portray a more realistic coloring. In the images below, you can see how the colors on the Illustrator version just couldn't be replicated when printed on the fabric.
It is a bummer (to say the least) that so much detail and richness was lost when the above image was printed onto the fabric, but with some alterations I should be able to get it looking better. I think one of the nicer translations of illustrated image to fabric print was the red-headed princess pictured below. The colors seem to match more closely, and the shading turned out a bit more on cue than with the other princesses.
Overall, I think it turned out nicely, and with some few last edits, I should be able to get it looking how I want. I plan to sell the print once I finalize everything and will be sure to update my progress as I go. Thanks for looking!
Hi, all and Happy New Year! I am happy to report that I finally finished all of my princess portraits! Just last night I worked the last of them into my fabric template and sent it out for printing. In another 2-3 weeks I should have the finished design in my hands. I can't wait!
It was a long project. I ended up drawing far more than the 24 portraits needed for the fabric design. At the end I chose my favorites, gave them tiaras and jewelry, and placed them in an oval frame lined with flowers at the bottom. Above are four of some of my favorite portraits. I'm looking forward to checking out the finished product. Please be sure to check back in a couple of weeks for some more updates. Thank
Hi everyone! I hope that you are all enjoying fall weather!
I have been continuing to work on my princess portrait project, and have a new addition to share. She has deep red hair and vibrant green eyes. I am enjoying the finished result, and she fits right in with the other portraits that I have already completed.
I am one step closer to having my fabric design finished, but there is still a lot more work to be done. Thanks for looking!
Hi all! I have been working hard on creating more portraits for my princess fabric design. In my last post, I had nine portraits completed. I have decided to only use six of the nine, and have created the four above to use as well. When all is said and done, I will need 24 portraits to complete the design. I still have quite some way to go!
I have been working on creating a number of digital portraits using Illustrator. If all goes well, I hope the incorporate the portraits into a fabric design. My idea was to turn each girl into a princess, so I will be adding jewelry and crowns/tiaras to finish off the looks. Overall, and especially for the fabric design, I will need to tweak each of the images to get a slightly more uniform look. At this point, some of the portraits look more realistic, while some look a but more cartoonish. I may also have to simplify the details on the portraits for the fabric design, as I am not sure how small elements of shading and hair highlights will appear when printed on fabric. It certainly is a fun experiment, and it has been keeping me busy in my free-time. Thanks for looking!
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The Beginnings of a Princess Portrait Project
I always have fun working with Illustrator and playing around with colors. I sketched the image on the left a couple of months ago using Illustrator. I took the hair very dark and inserted some blue highlights, like the colors of a raven.
I am currently working on getting my portraits to look more and more realistic. I started a project of portraits which I hope to use to create a fabric pattern if all goes well. I'll be sure to share more about that next time. Thanks for looking!
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Inspirations and creations by Caroline.