So today’s illustration was inspired by a girl I passed by on the street earlier this week in NYC’s Chelsea neighborhood, who is, naturally, pictured here.
When I passed by her on the sidewalk she was talking to a guy on a scooter nearby and the two graciously allowed me to snap away at them with my iPhone camera while they continued their conversation. (I ended up not including the young man in the illustration but I might do one of him later.)
Anyway, she caught my eye because of her fierce LBD (worn here with a hoodie) and wedge shoes with cutouts, as well as a calm confidence she seemed to exude. Now of course I need those shoes! The funny thing was I didn’t even notice the ferocious statement accessory she was wearing as well–a bat tattoo across her chest–until after I started taking photos. I should have gotten her name. This girl has to be an alt model or something.
Sadly I ended up not liking this illustration as much other b/w portraits I’ve done like the one of Rumi Neely, because I used a new kind of paint here that I don’t plan to use again. It was a weird almost blue when it was supposed to be gray and didn’t spread well. Tip to other users of watercolors: Grumbacher’s not a great brand. To make up for the weakness of the paint, I did something I haven’t in a while, which is top off the illustration with a pen. I kind of dig that look though because it gives the picture a comic-book like feel, and makes me want to write a story and start cartooning!
amazing drawing! i love it!
you are suuuuuch an amazing artist! you may not have liked the paint as much, but i wouldn't be able to tell because it's looks beautiful to me! really gorgeous. and thank you sooooo much for your awesome comments—-you are rad. and i hope you have an ammmmmazing weekend pretty! much love
Wonderful! Absolutely wonderful!
Nice sketch! That is the thing about NYC. Walk around any neighborhood and you see stylish people and draw inspiration from that…
All the best, Angel
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this is a really cool illustration.. love it… I'm an illustrator too but I never work with watercolors.. I just can't get the hang of it.. I stick to plain black sharpie… feel free to drop by my blog and see my art, I'd love to hear an opinion of a talented fellow illustrator such as yourself… keep up the artwork..
I love your illustrations!!
Next month I'll take a course about illustration at London College of Fashion, I can't wait!!
Your illustrations are great! I prefer the one’s in colour though (not saying the black and white one’s are bad, I love them too).
this illustration is gorgeous! x
I just wanted to say thanks for your comment, since i commented this post already! I really appreciated it and you made me laugh with the "bidding war" but yes indeed thats exactly what they are xd
lovely watercolor! I've been meaning to upload some of my own work but I dont know if I have the guts to show them to the www! Using a sharpie/pen will make the overall piece pop and add some pizazz.
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wow, I also have this tendency of asking the name of a girl I can happen about, i felt like I'm a Model Hunter..(wc i also want to be)…the tattoo on the chest is very sexy and I could only imagine how she is catchy indeed…your work is excellent, it goes perfect with her personality (the b&w)….which watercolor brand do you find best?
Aww, this is lovely,
I love it!
… OH MY VOGUE !
Wow…now I'm SERIOUSLY liking this one alot! VERY nice work here. I could never pull something like this off. 🙂
Girl you are awesome!! Your drawings are fantastic. I'm loving this one so much. I'm definitely your new follower.
Have a great day!
Just has a nosey through a bunch of your drawings and I have to say, wow they're amazing!
Neat sketch! That's great that she had a bat tattoo – my Friday Finds were of Bat Signals on Etsy.
I really like the addition of the pen… It makes "Batgirl" really pop against her background (A "comic-book like feel" and "Batgirl"… Beautiful synchronicity!)
A fabulous sketch that really capture both the girl and the cityscape. (Cool shoes indeed!)
this is amazing, it looks great, I would have never thought the final look was after doing it with paint only, so nice :D!
im following you, love your other posts
and thanks for your comment on my blog lovely 🙂
i think that you really did a great job with this..i like the black and white, too…those shoes are awesome! i can't see the picture of her though? she looks cool in your drawing, though!
Your b/w paintings are very FIERCE. I absolutely love them. It is cool how you found inspiration while out and about.
It's gorgeous! You're so talented. Love this.
great sketch, love your inspiration! She's very stylish indeed.
Ahh..that's fantastic! I couldn't do anything like that to save my life!! Love it!! Love the tattoo detail too 🙂 xx
I like it. she is very stylish. the ink on top of the watercolors does have this comic book feel, which I always like.
have a lovely day.