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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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.

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


Fashion illustration with Surface Pro: Pierpaolo Piccioli Haute Couture

https://youtu.be/VTfoJ4xYs-E

In today´s post, you´ll discover how I create a fashion illustration using the Microsoft Surface Pro 6 and Clip Studio Paint Ex.

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Here is my process:

  • 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 and set it as "multiply". This one is for the shadows and using a dark red I start adding them.
  • Using the Spray brush first and the Droplet than (in white) I add the glitter effect to the dress.
  • To make it shine, I also use the Sparkle A and Sparkle B brushes
  • I create a new raster layer for the lights and using the white I start adding them.
  • I add some shadow also to the gloves using a magenta color.
  • Now I focus on the face and I start coloring the eyes. I want them to be hazel/gold. I start with the flat color and I start adding shadows with a dark brown and lights with a light yellow (almost white)
  • I use the same process for the lips but using a dark red for the shadows and white for the lights
  • Using the black G-Pen I add some rebel hair around her face. I love this moment because the face gets an ultra-feminine and sexy look
  • Using the "correct line" tool I increase the size of the outlines where I feel that the figure needs more strength
  • Using the Droplet brush I add ink spots in the background
  • Using the Rough Wash brush I add the red color splash on her cheeks and then I use the blending brush to smooth them
  • Last touch: some shadows on her eyelids for an intense look!

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


Digital Illustration with Surface Pro: My Desk

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vSTP8KaLn_I&t=1s

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

But first 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:

  • 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 add some white elements with the G-Pen.
  • Using the Rough Wash brush I add the red color splash around the illustration
  • I add on top of all the layers the paper texture in overlay

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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
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HTC U Ultra

M.A.C. Kiss of Stars Lipstick Limited Edition


Gotcha!ry: Mirror... Mirror...

August was dedicated to relaxing and, most of all, to a break from the social media, pleasure and pain of our times.
The holiday in Sardinia has made me want to see the world with my own eyes and not through the screen of my iPhone.
And, after 20 days spent in the intimacy of my family, I felt full of enthusiasm and energy, and I already have a couple of news to share with you.

The first one, as you can see at the beginning of this post, is "Mirror ... Mirror ....", the fourth illustration of the Gotcha!ry series.
The protagonist is Victoria with Miu Miu Eau de Parfum Spray by Miu Miu.

The second news is The Wow! Factor, the new appointment on this Blog where I will share with you everything I find inspiring and stimulates my creativity.
Of course, every recommendation is welcome.
Comment this post or contact me via Instagram, Twitter or Facebook for any suggestion.

Do not miss the first appointment with The Wow! Factor this Wednesday ;)


Il mese di Agosto è stato all'insegna del relax e soprattutto di una pausa dai social media, croce e delizia dei nostri tempi.
La vacanza in Sardegna ha fatto scaturire in me la voglia di vedere il mondo con i miei occhi e non attraverso lo schermo del mio iPhone.
E dopo 20 giorni trascorsi nell'intimità della mia famiglia, mi sono sentita piena di entusiasmo e di energie e già ho un paio di novità da condividere con voi.

La prima, come potete vedere, è “Mirror...Mirror....”, ovvero la quarta illustrazione della serie Gotcha!ry.
La protagonista è Victoria insieme a Miu Miu Eau de Parfum Spray by Miu Miu.

La seconda novità è The Wow! Factor, il nuovo appuntamento su questo Blog nel quale condividerò con voi tutto ciò che mi ispira e che stimola la mia creatività.
Ovviamente, ogni suggerimento e segnalazione è la benvenuta.
Commentate questo post o contattatemi via Instagram, Twitter or Facebook per le segnalazioni.

Non perdete il primo appuntamento con The Wow! Factor questo mercoledì ;)


Gotcha!ry: Les Merveilleuses

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Do you think that novelties are finished?

After the post "Manuela De Simone Blog in Feedspot Top 100 Fashion Illustration Blogs", today I show you my new creation, part of the Gotcha!ry project, the glamor universe of the Gotcha! Girls. Read more


Inside the sketchbook: Valentino Fall 2017 Couture

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A week a little bit slower than usual due to the flu I took during the trip to Prague.
Verified my human nature made of flesh and bones (a detail which I often forget), I realize that can also happen to me to spend a whole (long) weekend dragging myself between the bed and the sofa.

And, on top of that, there is the Paris Fashion Week.
Hard, indeed, impossible to keep my hands still.

As soon as I had the strength enough to sit at the desk and hold MY pencil, the urge to draw has taken over.

Last week you glimpsed inside my sketchbook an illustration inspired by Dior's new collection.

Today is Valentino to make me dream: why? Take a look at the end of this post to see my favorite looks and you'll understand. I am never disappointed by Pierpaolo Piccioli, and he is one of my reference points in the fashion world.
It's a bit like any episode of Sex & the City. ;-)

But there is more: I decided to make "Inside the Sketchbook" a weekly appointment, with a new name.

See you on Thursdays, then!
xo

Settimana un po' più lenta del solito, causa influenza presa durante il viaggio a Praga.
Appurata la mia natura umana fatta di carne e ossa (particolare da me spesso dimenticato), ho realizzato che può capitare anche alla sottoscritta di trascorrere un intero fine settimana (lungo) a strisciare tra letto e divano.

E, come se non bastasse, c'è la settimana della moda di Parigi.
Difficile, anzi, impossibile tenere ferme le mani.

Recuperate le forze quel tanto che basta da star seduta e impugnare la MIA matita, la voglia di disegnare prende il sopravvento.

La scorsa settimana avete sbirciato nel mio sketchbook un'illustrazione ispirata alla nuova collezione di Dior.

Oggi è Valentino a farmi sognare: perche? Date un'occhiata alla fine di questo post e capirete. Pierpaolo Piccioli non delude mai, è uno dei miei punti di riferimento nel mondo della moda.
Un po' come una qualsiasi puntata di Sex & the City. ;-)

Ma le novità non sono finite: ho deciso di far diventare “Inside the sketchbook” una rubrica settimanale, con un nuovo nome.
A giovedì prossimo, allora!
xo

Images via Vogue


Inside the Sketchbook: Fall 2017 Couture Christian Dior

Bright reds - scarlet, pillar-box red, crimson or cherry - are very cheerful and youthful. There is certainly a red for everyone. Christian Dior

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Gotcha!ry: Peach Playing in Zanotti & Lanvin

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I like to start the week with a brand new finished illustration.
I feel a sense of satisfaction and relief that increase the desire to create more and more and set new goals for the future.

"Peach Playing in Zanotti & Lanvin" is the second illustration of my new Gotcha!ry project (what's it?! really? read here!)
The Gotcha! Girl Peach is the main character of this new scene: passionate about flowers and romantic outfits, she's wearing a Lanvin bon ton dress with a pair of pink boots by Zanotti.

Zanotti's 2017 Spring/Summer collection is a glorious stirring of the senses, and a real jubilation for the eyes and the Lanvin's dress is the perfect complement to Peach's style.

New illustration, new video! :D
Soon, I will publish it and, if you have not already done, I suggest you subscribe to my YouTube channel!

It is time to come back to my beloved Cintiq and the next illustration for Gotcha!ry
A clue? The theme will be all French ;)


Amo iniziare la settimana con un'illustrazione appena terminata.
Provo una sensazione di sollievo e soddisfazione che alimenta la voglia di creare ancora e fissare nuovi obiettivi per il futuro.

“Peach Playing in Zanotti & Lanvin” è la seconda illustrazione del mio nuovo progetto Gotcha!ry (come cos'è?! leggete qui!)
La Gotcha! Girl Peach è la protagonista di questa nuova scena: amante dei fiori e dei look romantici, indossa un abito bon ton di Lanvin abbinato a un paio di stivaletti rosa by Zanotti.

La collezione Primavera/Estate 2017 di Zanotti è un risveglio dei sensi e un tripudio per gli occhi e l'abito Lanvin è il perfetto completamento dello stile di Peach.

Nuova illustrazione, nuovo video! :D
A breve sarà pubblicato e, se ancora non lo avete fatto, vi suggerisco di iscrivervi al mio canale YouTube!

È il momento di tornare alla mia adorata Cintiq e alla prossima illustrazione per Gotcha!ry
Un indizio? Il tema sarà tutto francese ;)


Gotcha!ry: Aria in Sophia

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Life's too short to wear boring shoes - Yosi Samra

If life is too short to wear boring shoes, it is also to stay stuck in the same place.
Moving, traveling, going beyond your comfort zone: these are common words in my vocabulary.

From these thoughts was born a real personal need to take a deeper look into the Gotcha project! (For those who missed, here is the description of the project).
I have decided to create a new world in which my "Gotcha!" Girls live; a sort of Factory through which I show visually my personal ABC's of fashion as well as a style Dictionary with a particular focus on detail.

Here is the magic formula!
Gotcha! + Factory + Dictionary = Gotcha!ry

I am very proud to introduce you Gotcha!ry, a project that is born with the aim of making us live in the Gotcha world!
The star of this first illustration is Aria, surrounded by the colorful accessories designed by Sophia Webster.

It took me many hours of work, much more than my usual.

The primary focus of my illustrations has always been the female figure decontextualized from the environment.
Adding accessories into a mix of portrait and still-life brought my work towards a new and unexplored artistic direction.

Now that I completed the first illustration and chosen the path, I am ready to go through it until my next goal.

I don't know what is going to be the subject of my next illustration yet, but I wonder: what is the fashion trend you like the most, and why?

P.S .: I will soon publish a time-lapse video of the illustration: follow me on social media (Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube) to stay up to date ;)


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La vita è troppo breve per indossare scarpe noiose

Se la vita è troppo breve per indossare scarpe noiose lo è anche per rimanere fermi sempre sullo stesso posto.
Muoversi, viaggiare, oltrepassare la propria zona di comfort: queste sono parole di uso comune nel mio vocabolario.

Da queste riflessioni è nata una vera e propria esigenza personale di approfondire il progetto Gotcha! (per chi se lo fosse perso, qui la descrizione del progetto).
Ho deciso di immergermi ancora più in profondità e creare un nuovo mondo in cui le mie Gotcha! Girls vivono: una sorta di Laboratorio (Factory) in cui rendere visibile e concreto il mio personale concetto di ABC della moda.
Un vocabolario (Dictionary) di stile con un focus particolare sui dettagli.

Ecco la formula magica!
Gotcha! + Factory + Dictionary = Gotcha!ry

Sono molto orgogliosa di presentarvi oggi Gotcha!ry, progetto che nasce con lo scopo di farci vivere nel mondo delle Gotcha!
Protagonista di questa prima illustrazione è Aria, circondata per l'occasione dai coloratissimi accessori firmati Sophia Webster.

Mi ci sono volute molte ore di lavoro, molte di più rispetto ai miei standard.
Il main focus delle mie illustrazioni è sempre stato la figura femminile decontestualizzata rispetto all'ambiente.
L'inserimento di accessori in un mix di ritratto e still life ha portato il mio lavoro verso una nuova e inesplorata direzione artistica.

Ora che la prima illustrazione è completa la strada è tracciata e sono pronta ad iniziare il cammino verso il prossimo obiettivo.

Non so ancora quale sarà il soggetto, ma mi chiedo: qual è la tendenza del momento che più vi piace, e perché?

P.S.: Prossimamente pubblicherò un video in time-lapse dell'illustrazione: seguitemi sui social (Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube) per rimanere aggiornati ;)


Illustrating the event: Cannes Film Festival 2017

 

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Elegance is the only beauty that never fades - Audrey Hepburn

The 70th Cannes Film Festival began on May, the 17th.
As my habit during these events, every morning I enjoy the red carpet looks of the day before sipping my always present dose of caffeine.Read more


New Gotcha! Girl: Joy

Sketching is almost everything. It is the painter's identity, his style, his conviction, and then color is just a gift to the drawing. Fernando Botero

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Fashion sketching Speed Video + some tips about tools


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During these days I'm experimenting different ways to do high-quality video tutorials. I've filmed most of the making process of my latest Gotcha! Girl. Read more