On my 30th birthday (not relevant) I made this fashion illustration of a queen in a blue eccentric dress. I shared pictures of the process in my Instagram stories, like I do a lot, and I thought: maybe it's nice to share them here as well. For this illustration I worked with the Derwent Inktence coloured pencils and painted with them. This is permanent ink.
On the left picture you can see the sketch and the first layers of the skintones and the shadows. I wanted her to look at the light and I thought the sharp shadows might give her a bit more character. I don't know why I made her a redhead, but I think I was somehow unconsciously a bit inspired by Cate Blanchett as queen Elizabeth in the film 'Elizabeth' (1998).
Because I've made her a redhead, I gave her a blue dress, for orange and blue are complementary colours.
I used a white gelpen to create certain details and lighteffects, as you can see on the right.
I thought her hair looked kinda weird, so I gave her a bun instead. At the end I added golden details (this is something I do in almost all of my illustrations lately. I love it!) with golden acrylic paint.
What do you think of the result? And is there something you would have done differently?
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