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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Clip Studio Paint Ex
Microsoft Surface Pro 6
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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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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.

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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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Microsoft Surface Pro 6
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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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M.A.C. Kiss of Stars Lipstick Limited Edition


Let's celebrate Love!

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It's Valentine's Day!
What better occasion to show you the newest illustration part of the new latest dedicated to sweets?
In addition to a delicious hearts covered cupcake, you can see the model wearing a wonderful dress by Giambattista Valli's spring couture collection 2019.

But it is not the only news: in a few days you can buy in my shop the print of this illustration but …. drum roll …. you can also buy the original pencil drawing!

So let's celebrate Love!

And for love, I mean not only the relationship between two people, but also the love for our mother earth, for nature and, above all, for ourselves.

In a few words … the Universal Love.

Within our busy and stressful lives, it has become difficult to find the time to do something that really makes us happy.
It is a consideration that it anything but trivial: for example, many people are so in deep in their work/relationships/children or other stuff that they can not answer to an apparently simple question:

What makes you REALLY HAPPY?

I wait for your answers in the comments to this post!

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E' San Valentino!
Quale occasione migliore per mostrarvi la nuova illustrazione parte della nuova serie dedicata ai dolci?
Oltre ad un gustosissimo cupcake tempestato di cuori, potete vedere la modella indossare un meraviglioso abito della collezione primavera couture 2019 di Giambattista Valli.

Ma non è l'unica novità: tra qualche giorno potrete acquistare nel mio negozio la stampa di questa illustrazione ma…. rullo di tamburi…. potrete comprare anche il disegno originale a matita!

Celebriamo quindi l'amore!

E per amore intendo non solo quello di una relazione tra due persone, ma anche quello per il mondo, la natura e, soprattutto, noi stessi.

Insomma…l'Amore Universale.

Dentro le nostre vite frenetiche e stressanti, è diventato difficile trovare il tempo per fare qualcosa che ci rende realmente felici.
E' una riflessione tutt'altro che banale: per esempio, molte persone prese dal lavoro/relazioni/figli o altro non sanno rispondere ad una domanda apparentemente così semplice:

cosa vi rende VERAMENTE FELICI?

Aspetto le vostre risposte!

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Life is Sweet

Life is Sweet is the first illustration of 2019 and of a new series based on.... sweets!

I started to work on it more than one month ago and I re-started from the very beginning three times! The fact is that I am working a lot on improving the style to make it more "me" but the problem is that I am a woman of a thousand shades so it is hard to find the right one, even for me! 

Soon available for purchase in the Shop

xoxo

Life is Sweet è la prima illustrazione del 2019 e di una nuova serie basata su.... i dolci!

Ho iniziato a lavorarci più di un mese e mezzo fa e l'ho dall'inizio ricominciata per ben tre volte! Il fatto è che sto lavorando molto per migliorare lo stile al fine di renderlo più "mio": il problema è che sono una donna dalle mille sfumature, quindi alcune volte è complicato trovare quella giusta, anche per me!

Presto disponibile per l'acquisto nello Shop

xoxo


Shop Update: Postcards

 

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Who follow me on Instagram already know the big news in my shop: the postcards!

This is an easy way for everyone to collect my art, or to send a message to someone special ;)

The size is A6 (14.8 x 10.5 cm) printed on 330 gsm matte paper.

What are you waiting for? Click here and start collecting them right now!

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Chi mi segue su Instagram è già al corrente della grande novità nel mio negozio: le cartoline!

Questo è un modo facile e alla portata di tutti per collezionare le mie illustrazioni, o per inviare un messaggio ad una persona speciale ;)

Il formato è A6 (14.8 x 10.5 cm) stampate su carta opaca da 330 gsm.

Cosa aspettate? Cliccate qui e iniziate a collezionarle subito!

xoxo

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Unique Beauty From Inside Out

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UNIQUE BEAUTY FROM INSIDE OUT with Lee Alexander McQueen is the last flash mob of 2018 by @theUNIQUEillustration

When I first read the theme of this flash mob I got excited: Alexander McQueen has always been an immense source of inspiration for me. I love his visions and, although the dark atmosphere does not reflect me very much, I have always been attracted by his ability to tell charming stories through his creations.

For this illustration, I was inspired by the exhibition Savage Beauty, held for the first time at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York in 2011 and later in 2015, at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London.
I wanted to represent the wild and primordial beauty seen as an element inextricably linked to nature, in the form of an ethereal and delicate female creature like a flower but strong and passionate like the wonderful dress I wanted to illustrate. All surrounded by the dark atmosphere typical of McQueen.

To be honest, I had some difficulty in representing what I wanted: as I said, I'm not used to representing dark atmospheres and it took me a while to find the right color palette and the right balance between Manuela De Simone and Alexander McQueen! (you know, my name next to his makes a strange effect!)

The Savage Beauty print will soon be available in my online shop!

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UNIQUE BEAUTY FROM INSIDE OUT con Lee Alexander McQueen è l'ultimo flash mob del 2018 by @theUNIQUEillustration

Quando per la prima volta ho letto il tema di questo flashmob mi sono emozionata: Alexander McQueen è da sempre un'immensa fonte di ispirazione per me. Amo le sue visioni e, sebbene l'atmosfera dark non mi rispecchi molto, sono sempre stata attratta dalla sua capacità di raccontare delle storie incantevoli tramite le sue creazioni.

Per questa illustrazione mi sono ispirata alla mostra Savage Beauty, tenutasi per la prima volta al Metropolitan Museum of Art di New York nel 2011 e al Victoria and Albert Museum di Londra nel 2015.
Ho voluto rappresentare la bellezza selvaggia e primordiale vista come elemento imprescindibilmente legato alla natura, sotto forma di una creatura femminile eterea e delicata come un fiore ma forte e passionale come il meraviglioso abito che ho voluto illustrare. Tutto avvolto dall'atmosfera dark tipica di McQueen.

Ad essere onesta, ho avuto qualche difficoltà nel rappresentare quello che volevo: come dicevo, non sono abituata a rappresentare atmosfere oscure e mi ci è voluto un po' per trovare la giusta palette di colori e il giusto equilibrio tra Manuela De Simone e Alexander McQueen!(mi fa un certo effetto il mio nome accanto al suo, sapete?!)

La stampa di Savage Beauty sarà presto disponibile nel mio Shop on-line!

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