Fashion Faces Tutorial 1: Drawing Front View Female

Today we will dive into how to draw a cool fashion head.
Although the clothes on the figure are the main element in the fashion illustration, the head can give that twist we need to make our illustration stand out.

Find below my process:

  • Begin drawing an oval.
  • Track a vertical line in the middle.
  • Now three lines horizontally:
    the eyes line
    the nose line
    the mouth line
  • Start shaping the face
  • Add ears from the nose line to the eyes line
  • Sketch the eyebrows, the bottom of the nose, the eyes and the mouth
  • Now add some glamours fashion features, thinking about makeup and the feeling you want to obtain. Is she a boss girl? A model? Think about her personality and make it alive.

Now my last, but maybe most important tip: exercise a lot and learn perfectly how to draw fashion heads with a classic style.
Once you master the basics, you will be able to find your personal style

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My Tools:
Clip Studio Paint Ex
Microsoft Surface Pro 6
Microsoft Surface Pen


Clip Studio Paint Animation: how to import a sequence of images on the timeline

Hi fashion lovers! In this video, I am going to show you how I create a simple animation importing a series of png. This is also useful if you want to use some images as a reference for your animation.

Before we start I just want to tell you that if you like this video, please, like it and share it on social media. Or make a photo with your phone and put it on your Instagram stories. Don´t forget to tag me so I can share it on my stories as well. And, of course, if you are passionate about fashion illustration or digital illustration, subscribe to my channel to not miss anything! I publish a new video every Thursday!

But let´s start with this animation. First of all, we need to create a new file. On the side where is the Layer window, you can see the folder where I want to import all my images. All you have to do is to drag the images into the folder. Don´t worry: you´ll not see them immediately on the timeline.

Now, go to the timeline and rename the animation folder: I will call it Girl Animation.

Now go to the timeline and right-click on the first frame.
Select the name of the first images that you want to appear and here there is! You can see it :)
Finally, I am going to do the same for all the other images.

Delete the white background and it´s done!

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My Tools:
Clip Studio Paint Ex
Microsoft Surface Pro 6
Microsoft Surface Pen
HTC U Ultra


How to draw the Teddy Coat

Must-have of the season? With no doubt the Teddy Coat. Just a few days ago on Cosmopolitan Italia, I was reading an article about it: one of my favorite enveloping fuzzy coat to wear is the one by Bershka. You know that I have a passion for pink, right?

In the video, you can see how I create the coat in Manuela´s style, with the addition of a maxi-scarf (in Berlin we don't mess with the cold!). As always, you will find a list of the tools I use at the end of this post and, below, the description step-by-step:

  • After creating a rough sketch with the pencil tool I want to start with the coat.

+TIP+
In the past, sometimes I found my illustration out of topic.
I found myself starting with an initial idea (a peace to wear since we are talking about fashion illustration) and I ended up putting the main focus on some other aspects of the drawing (like, for instance, the model, the hair, etc).
I learned that in order to avoid a lack of focus it is always a good idea to start drawing and coloring what should be the main subject!

  • Using the Fluff Fur Brush I start adding color to the coat.
    The brush has not full coverage so, I make more than one brushstroke where I need more color density.
  • Using the G-Pen Brush of Clip Studio Paint I trace the outline of the scarf in black on a vector layer
  • I create a new raster layer and, using the scarf vector layer as a reference layer, I fill it with black.
  • I create a new raster layer for the lights and using the white I start adding them.
  • Now I focus on the face and I start inking with the G-Pen on the vector layer.
  • Then, I start with the flat colors on the lips, the eyes and the hair and I add shadows and lights.
  • Using the black G-Pen I add some rebel hair around her face. As I already mentioned in my previous posts, I love this moment because the face gets an ultra-feminine and sexy look
  • Using the Droplet brush I add ink spots in the background
  • To make it shine, I also use the Sparkle A and Sparkle B brushes on the coat
  • Using the "correct line" tool I increase the size of the outlines where I feel that the figure needs more strength
  • I create a new raster layer and set it as "multiply". This one is for the shadows and using a dark red I start adding them.
  • I add more lines to the vector layer for the fur. I want them to be really free, this is why I put the brush stabilizer to 0.
  • Since I am not satisfied with the eyes I start over again. The same process as I used earlier using the dense watercolor brush, flat color, shadows, and lights. I use the same brush to add some blush and eyeshadow.
  • Final step: some shadows to the face using the violet.

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My Tools:
Clip Studio Paint Ex
Microsoft Surface Pro 6
Microsoft Surface Pen
HTC U Ultra


How to create a digital Beauty Illustration: MAC Kiss of Stars Lipstick

https://youtu.be/XDPtGup_3fU

Today we're going to dive into how I create a beauty illustration using the Microsoft Surface Pro 6 and Clip Studio Paint Ex.

Many of you ask me about my creative process and I thought that it could be useful to add a written step-by-step- guide to this video here on my Blog. So don´t forget to sign up for the newsletter (on the right side of this article) to do not miss anything!

Here is my process:

  • Look for reference images. In this case, I already knew that I wanted to illustrate the MAC Kiss of Stars Lipstick so I just had to find a really clear image of it.
  • Using the G-Pen Brush of Clip Studio Paint I trace the outline in black on a vector layer
  • I create a new raster layer and, using the vector layer as a reference layer, I start adding flat colors.
  • I create a new raster layer for the lights and using the white I start adding them.
  • I create a new raster layer and set it as "multiply". This one is for the shadows and using a violet dark tone I start adding them.
  • I create the stars using the Star brush. Locking the transparent pixel, I color the stars. I add some details with the G-Pen.
  • On a new layer, I add some sparkles with the Glitter Circle Cross brush.
  • Using the Bloodstain brush I add the black color splash on the background

Et voilà. The illustration is done!

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Clip Studio Paint Ex
Microsoft Surface Pro 6
Microsoft Surface Pen
HTC U Ultra

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*post in italiano dopo quello inglese

The week could not start in a better way, as you can see from the words on Victoria's,  one of my Gotcha! Girls, T-shirt.

Happy Thoughts.Read more


When you are alone

You will remember the people more than the place.

Talking to randos is the norm. I’ll never forget the conversation with the aquarium fisherman, forest ranger, and women at the Thai market. It’s refreshing to compare notes on life with people from vastly different backgrounds. When you are alone for days or weeks at a time, you eventually become drawn to people.

When you meet fellow travelers, you’ll find they are also filled with a similar sense of adventure and curiosity about the world. Five days of friendship on the road is like five months of friendship at home. It’s the experiences that bond you together, not the place. A rule I followed that worked well: be the first to initiate conversation. I met some incredible people by simply being the first to talk.

Make a radical change in your lifestyle and begin to boldly do things which you may previously never have thought of doing, or been too hesitant to attempt. But once you become accustomed to such a life you will see its full meaning and its incredible beauty.

Travel can be affordable.

Long term travel is different than a luxury vacation. The point is to see the world, not stay in a 5-star hotel. During the trip, I stayed on a strict budget. The goal was to spend no more than $33 per day on accommodations. After a year, I was able to spend only $26.15 per day by booking through HostelWorld and Airbnb. When I wanted to meet people, I’d stay in a shared room at a hostel. When I wanted to be alone, I’d book a private room with Airbnb.

Take the cost of your rent or mortgage + food per month and divide it by 30. This is how much it costs per day to live at home. You will find that it’s possible to travel the world for roughly the same amount. Or, if you live in an expensive city like San Francisco, far less.

English is a universal language.

I was surprised how many people spoke English (apparently 1.8 billion people worldwide). Places where English was less prevalent, I made an effort to learn a handful of words and phrases in the local language. Even though it’s passable, I do desire to learn another language fluently. You can only take the conversation so far when all you can say is: “¿Esto contiene gluten?”

It’s possible to communicate a lot without saying a word. For instance, I left my phone at a restaurant in Chile. I pointed at the table where I was sitting, put my hand to my ear like a phone, then shrugged — 2 minutes later, my phone had been retrieved.

Trust your intuition.

I learned to trust that tiny voice in my head a bit more. When you are alone in a foreign country and your phone is dead, you are forced to trust your intuition. Is this neighborhood safe to walk around? Is this person someone I should interact with? Am I heading the right direction? Intuition is like a muscle. The more you use it, the stronger it becomes. It’s feels like a sixth sense when you’re able to read between the lines of a situation.

The world is endless. The world’s a tiny neighborhood. My fav people are the ones who can hold two impossible ideas in their heads.


The new brand identity

I stumbled upon the concept of margin while reading a post by Michael Hyatt, which led me to design my ideal week. Richard Swenson, M.D. (who wrote the book: Margin: Restoring Emotional, Physical, Financial, and Time Reserves to Overloaded Lives) describes margin like this:

Margin is the space between our load and our limits. It is the amount allowed beyond that which is needed. It is something held in reserve for contingencies or unanticipated situations. Margin is the gap between rest and exhaustion, the space between breathing freely and suffocating.

Last year I wrote about why booking too far in advance can be dangerous for your business, and this concept of margin so eloquently captures what I had recognized had been my problem: I was so booked up with clients that I wasn’t leaving any margin for error, growth, planning, or reflection. I wasn’t really growing my business in a sustainable way; I was just booking one client after the next. At the time this seemed like a good thing: doesn’t growing my business mean getting more clients?

A long redesign.

What if instead of booking up to 100% capacity (which more often than not ends up being closer to 120%), we only booked up to an 80% capacity?
What if we left more room for growth (personal or professional) and stopped being one with “busy-ness”?
I spent nearly a year turning down every new project (and even getting rid of old ones) so that I could reduce my workload, build in more margin, and create what is now Digital Strategy School. It takes time to build margin into your schedule.Write a book. Create a program. Update your contracts and proposals (which has been on your to-do list for how long..?) Spend more time with your family. Go above and beyond for a client. Learn something new. Actually follow through on the things that have been nagging at you for a long time.

When you design your ideal week, you start to see that the time you think you have is often not in alignment with how much time you actually have.

After designing my ideal week, I had a much clearer idea of how to create a framework for my week that would empower me to feel more focused by theming days of the week, and even parts of the day. SO simple, I know. Some of you have been doing this for ages and you’re already a pro, and some of you who saw my schedule said “woah, that’s so rigid, I need more flexibility!”

Structure enables flexibility.

If you’re not sure how much time you are actually spending on various tasks, use a tool like Rescue Time (their free version is excellent!) which runs in the background and tracks where your time is being spent. It can even send you weekly reports so you know exactly how much time you wasted on Facebook, or spent in your email inbox! You can assign different websites or programs/applications on a scale of very distracting to very productive, so you can see at a glance things like: which days of the week you’re most productive, which times of the day you’re most productive, and the sites on which you’re spending the most distracting time. Turns out I’m consistently “in the zone” around 3pm in the afternoon; so instead of trying to tackle highly creative work first thing in the morning (when my brain is barely functioning), I handle it in the afternoon, when I know I’m at my peak!

Creating more margin has been game-changing for my business.
What would be possible for yours?


Some amazing buildings

Minimalism and geometric.

When you are alone for days or weeks at a time, you eventually become drawn to people. Talking to randos is the norm. I’ll never forget the conversation with the aquarium fisherman, forest ranger, and women at the Thai market. It’s refreshing to compare notes on life with people from vastly different backgrounds.

When you meet fellow travelers, you’ll find they are also filled with a similar sense of adventure and curiosity about the world. Five days of friendship on the road is like five months of friendship at home. It’s the experiences that bond you together, not the place. A rule I followed that worked well: be the first to initiate conversation. I met some incredible people by simply being the first to talk.

Long term travel is different than a luxury vacation. The point is to see the world, not stay in a 5-star hotel. During the trip, I stayed on a strict budget. The goal was to spend no more than $33 per day on accommodations. After a year, I was able to spend only $26.15 per day by booking through HostelWorld and Airbnb. When I wanted to meet people, I’d stay in a shared room at a hostel. When I wanted to be alone, I’d book a private room with Airbnb.

Take the cost of your rent or mortgage + food per month and divide it by 30. This is how much it costs per day to live at home. You will find that it’s possible to travel the world for roughly the same amount. Or, if you live in an expensive city like San Francisco, far less.

An universal language.

I was surprised how many people spoke English (apparently 1.8 billion people worldwide). Places where English was less prevalent, I made an effort to learn a handful of words and phrases in the local language. Even though it’s passable, I do desire to learn another language fluently. You can only take the conversation so far when all you can say is: “¿Esto contiene gluten?”

It’s possible to communicate a lot without saying a word. For instance, I left my phone at a restaurant in Chile. I pointed at the table where I was sitting, put my hand to my ear like a phone, then shrugged — 2 minutes later, my phone had been retrieved.


I was recently quoted as saying, I don't care if Instagram has more users than Twitter. If you read the article you’ll note there’s a big “if” before my not giving of said thing.
Of course, I am trivializing what Instagram is to many people. It’s a beautifully executed app that enables the creation and enjoyment of art, as well as human connection, which is often a good thing. But my rant had very little to do with it (or with Twitter). My rant was the result of increasing frustration with the one-dimensionality that those who report on, invest in, and build consumer Internet services talk about success.

Numbers are important. Number of users is important. So are lots of other things. Different services create value in different ways. Trust your gut as much (or more) than the numbers. Figure out what matters and build something good.

Breast Cancer in 10 points

New video about Breast Cancer for Europa Donna

After showing my latest personal project (Charlie) and made the point on my stylistic evolution, today I want to share with you a project that I care about and on which I have worked in the past few days.

It's an animation about a very important topic: the breast cancer.Read more


Wish & Wear #43: Pink Shorts and MANOUSH Sweatshirt

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Here I am again and with me your appointment with fashion illustration: Wish & Wear. I am ready to draw awesome outfits: today you can see this MANOUSH Sweatshirt with a pair of hot pink shorts. The shoes, comfortable and cool, are from Alice&Oliva.

Eccomi dinuovo qui! L'appuntamento con l'illustrazione di moda è tornato e sono pronta a disegnare meravigliosi outfit! Per il look di oggi ho scelto questa felpa a mezze maniche MANOUSH abbinata a degli shorts fucsia... perchè è estate (anche se in alcune parti del nostro paese non si direbbe) e possiamo osare con dei colori accesi! Le scarpe, comode e molto cool by Alice&Oliva.

 

 


Wish & Wear #38

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Il look di oggi ha come protagonista assoluta la gonna a tulipano di Oscar De La Renta: perfetta per mettere in mostra le curve l'ho abbinata con una t-shirt e dei sandali dal tacco alto per slanciare la figura. A completare il tutto la borsa di Aldo dal feel retrò come gli occhiali da sole a occhi di gatto. Cosa ne pensate di questo outfit?

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The main character of today's look is the bubble skirt by Oscar De La Renta: perfect for highlight the body shape I have decided to combine with a t-shirt and high heels to make slim the figure. To complete the look, I have chosen the Aldo bag with a retro feeling as well as the cat eyes sunglasses. What do you think about this outfit?


Wish & Wear #37

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I particularly love street style outfits with a touch of glam and pop! This one in a special way, I simply love the mix of prints and colors!

Amo particolarmente gli outfits street style con un tocco di glam e pop! Questo in modo particolare semplicemente lo amo! Mi piace tantissimo il mix di stampe e colori!