I’ve been working on this project for months now and I’m finally ready to tell you guys all about it! I’ve started making and selling fashion illustrations! I got inspired to start this endeavor a few months ago to channel some of my creative (and fashion) juices and am just having so much fun with it. I wanted to show you all some of my pieces and give you all the info of what I’m using to draw them and where to find them!
How I got started
When I was little, I loved drawing. My sister and I would sit and draw the Disney characters on all the covers of our VHS movies. I’ve always been generally “creatively inclined” (I’ve sung and danced all my life and have always enjoyed a good DIY project) though I never studied or seriously practiced drawing/illustrating in school growing up. Honestly, I follow a few incredible illustrators on Instagram and I felt inspired to follow suit, creating beautiful scenes from my imagination in outfits I’d love to wear.
I am self taught and still improving with every drawing, but I love my little girls and the style I’m developing. I particularly took time to study how I wanted to color hair. I am hair-obsessed and needed my little ladies to have fab do’s so I finally found a technique to give their hair all the gloss and shine I’d want for my own locks.
I’ve sketched on a bunch of different mediums, but right now I’ve settled on card stock and that’s working for me. Different surfaces absorb ink in different ways and I like the way my card stock takes color. I know Bristol board is some people’s go-to but I’ve yet to try it.
I use Copic markers, which I’ve understood through extensive research are just about the best illustration markers out there. I’m loving them so much. They have double sided tips and the brush end almost feels like painting, it’s so much fun. It’s amazing what you can do with layering the color and blending just with these markers.
I sometimes use colored pencils as well. I always use pencil to define hair, but depending on other details of my illustration, I’ll use them around different places too. I like the Faber Castel pencils best.
Part of this process that I was not expecting to dive so deeply into was Photoshop. Let me tell you, I have watched many a Photoshop tutorial during this journey and have learned so much. Thank God for Google, for real. Photoshop is an essential tool for illustrating, as it gets you that crisp white background and enhances color. It can do other insane things too that I’m having fun playing around with.
Where to find my work
I opened an Etsy shop, aptly named “Bellezza Creative” (to keep everything on brand 😉). I also added a “shop” link in my nav bar that takes you right to the Etsy shop! For now, I’m uploading my new pieces there, but I’m also now working on getting some cool items like mugs with the illustrations printed on them. (Let me know in the comments if you have any suggestions for other fun trinkets!)
I’m also available for drawing custom pieces, so if you’d like a cute gift for a friend or maybe a wedding-related illustration with custom elements, shoot me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org! All I need is the photo you’d like to turn into an illustration. I’m actually working on a super cute custom piece right now for a client that’s going to be a birthday gift!
For my latest designs and updates, be sure to follow me on Instagram at @bellezzacreative.
What do you guys think?? Which one is your fav so far? I have so many ideas for new ones and would love to hear any of your suggestions for scenes and outfits too!