Fashion illustration with Surface Pro: Pierpaolo Piccioli Haute Couture

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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

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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

If you enjoy this post, please be sure to take a screenshot and share it out on Instagram and tag me – @manuela_desimone and I’ll be sure to share it on my Instagram Stories as well.

Any comments/questions?
Write them in the comments below

Subscribe to my YouTube Channel

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


Calm over the horizon

Many years ago, I worked for my parents who own a video production company. Because it is a family business, you inevitably end up wearing many hats and being the czar of many different jobs. I mainly managed projects and worked as a video editor. On production, there were times that I was called on to work as an audio tech and was made to wear headphones on long production days. In those days, having a really good set of headphones that picked up every nuance of sound was essential to making sure the client got what they needed.

First impressions.

Naturally, my first impression of these headphones is based off of the look of them. They have a classic over-the-ear style that is highlighted by a blue LED light that indicates the power for the noise canceling. The padding on the ear pieces seems adequate for extended usage periods.

They are wired headphones, but the 3.5mm stereo mini-plug cable is detachable. Something else I noticed right of the bat was the very nice carrying case that comes with them. It has a hard plastic exterior with a soft cloth interior that helps to protect the surface of the headphones from scratches. I never truly appreciated cases for headphones until I started carrying them from place-to-place. Now I can’t imagine not having a case.

A perfect fit.

Once I gave the headphones a thorough once-over exam, I tried them on. As I mentioned, they have a classic over-the-ear style and just looking at them, the padding on the ear pieces seem adequate and the peak of the headband seemed to be a bit lacking, but you don’t really know comfort unless you try on the product. So, I slipped the headphones on and found them to be exquisitely comfortable.

Quality.

Now that I had the headphones on my head, I was finally ready to plug and play some music. I plugged the provided cable into the jack on the headphones and then the one on my iPhone 6. Then I called up Pandora. I tend to have a very eclectic music purview and have many stations set up for different moods. From John Williams to Fallout Boy, the sound quality of these headphones was remarkable. There is an amazing depth of sound and incredible highs and lows that make listening to music a truly breathtaking experience.

It’s safe to say that because of my unique professional experiences, I’ve tested out a lot of headphones.

In order to test how voices sounded, and the overall art of sound mixing, I pulled up Netflix on my iPad Air 2 and watched a few minutes of a movie to hear all the nuances of the film. None of them were lost. In fact, I ended up hearing sounds that I hadn’t heard before. Echoes…birds chirping…wind blowing through trees…breathing of the characters…it was very impressive what the headphones ended up bringing out for me.

I would highly recommend these to any sound mixing specialist.


Inspired by clouds

Take your time.

I’ve got a Fujifilm X100s. It runs about $1300. It’s easily the best camera I’ve ever owned. I take care of it as best as I can, but I don’t let taking care of it impact the photography. Let me elaborate on that a bit better. You’ll get better at each section of what we talked about slowly. And while you do, you’ll be amazed at how much easier it all is and how the habit forms. The best way to get better at photography is start by taking your camera everywhere. If you leave your house, your camera leaves with you. The only exception is if you’re planning for a weekend bender — then probably leave it at home. Other than that, always have it slung over your shoulder. It would probably help to get an extra battery to carry in your pocket. I’ve got three batteries. One in my camera, one in my pocket, one in the charger.

When it dies, swap them all.

For me, the most important part of improving at photography has been sharing it. Sign up for an Exposure account, or post regularly to Tumblr, or both. Tell people you’re trying to get better at photography. Talk about it. When you talk about it, other people get excited about it. They’ll come on photo walks with you. They’ll pose for portraits. They’ll buy your prints, zines, whatever.

Clouds come floating into my life, no longer to carry rain or usher storm, but to add color to my sunset sky.

— Rabindranath Tagore

Breathe the world.

I’ve got a Fujifilm X100s. It runs about $1300. It’s easily the best camera I’ve ever owned. I take care of it as best as I can, but I don’t let taking care of it impact the photography. Let me elaborate on that a bit better. You’ll get better at each section of what we talked about slowly. And while you do, you’ll be amazed at how much easier it all is and how the habit forms. The best way to get better at photography is start by taking your camera everywhere. If you leave your house, your camera leaves with you. The only exception is if you’re planning for a weekend bender — then probably leave it at home. Other than that, always have it slung over your shoulder. It would probably help to get an extra battery to carry in your pocket. I’ve got three batteries. One in my camera, one in my pocket, one in the charger. When it dies, swap them all.

For me, the most important part of improving at photography has been sharing it. Sign up for an Exposure account, or post regularly to Tumblr, or both. Tell people you’re trying to get better at photography. Talk about it. When you talk about it, other people get excited about it. They’ll come on photo walks with you. They’ll pose for portraits. They’ll buy your prints, zines, whatever.

Heavy hearts, like heavy clouds in the sky, are best relieved by the letting of a little water.

— Christopher Morley

Enjoy the morning.

The best way to get better at photography is start by taking your camera everywhere. If you leave your house, your camera leaves with you. The only exception is if you’re planning for a weekend bender — then probably leave it at home. Other than that, always have it slung over your shoulder. It would probably help to get an extra battery to carry in your pocket. I’ve got three batteries. One in my camera, one in my pocket, one in the charger. When it dies, swap them all.

For me, the most important part of improving at photography has been sharing it. Sign up for an Exposure account, or post regularly to Tumblr, or both. Tell people you’re trying to get better at photography. Talk about it. When you talk about it, other people get excited about it. They’ll come on photo walks with you. They’ll pose for portraits. They’ll buy your prints, zines, whatever. I’ve got a Fujifilm X100s. It runs about $1300.

It’s easily the best camera I’ve ever owned. I take care of it as best as I can, but I don’t let taking care of it impact the photography. Let me elaborate on that a bit better. You’ll get better at each section of what we talked about slowly. And while you do, you’ll be amazed at how much easier it all is and how the habit forms.

There are no rules of architecture for a castle in the clouds and this is real.

— Gilbert K. Chesterton

Free your mind.

The best way to get better at photography is start by taking your camera everywhere. If you leave your house, your camera leaves with you. The only exception is if you’re planning for a weekend bender — then probably leave it at home. Other than that, always have it slung over your shoulder. It would probably help to get an extra battery to carry in your pocket. I’ve got three batteries. One in my camera, one in my pocket, one in the charger. When it dies, swap them all.

I’ve got a Fujifilm X100s. It runs about $1300. It’s easily the best camera I’ve ever owned. I take care of it as best as I can, but I don’t let taking care of it impact the photography. Let me elaborate on that a bit better. You’ll get better at each section of what we talked about slowly. And while you do, you’ll be amazed at how much easier it all is and how the habit forms.

For me, the most important part of improving at photography has been sharing it. Sign up for an Exposure account, or post regularly to Tumblr, or both. Tell people you’re trying to get better at photography. Talk about it. When you talk about it, other people get excited about it. They’ll come on photo walks with you. They’ll pose for portraits. They’ll buy your prints, zines, whatever.

Photography is better shared.


Make it clean and simple

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Just the other day I happened to wake up early. That is unusual for an engineering student. After a long time I could witness the sunrise. I could feel the sun rays falling on my body. Usual morning is followed by hustle to make it to college on time. This morning was just another morning yet seemed different.

Witnessing calm and quiet atmosphere, clear and fresh air seemed like a miracle to me. I wanted this time to last longer since I was not sure if I would be able to witness it again, knowing my habit of succumbing to schedule. There was this unusual serenity that comforted my mind. It dawned on me, how distant I had been from nature. Standing near the compound’s gate, feeling the moistness that the air carried, I thought about my life so far.

This is what has happened to us. We want the things we have been doing forcefully to fail. And then maybe people around us would let us try something else or our dreams. We are accustomed to live by everyone else’s definition of success. We punish people for the things they are passionate about, just because we were unable to do the same at some point in our life.

I was good at academics, so decisions of my life had been pretty simple and straight. Being pretty confident I would make it to the best junior college of my town in the first round itself, never made me consider any other option. I loved psychology since childhood, but engineering was the safest option. Being born in a middle class family, thinking of risking your career to make it to medical field was not sane. I grew up hearing ‘Only doctor’s children can afford that field’ and finally ended up believing it. No one around me believed in taking risks. Everyone worshiped security. I grew up doing the same.

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‘Being in the top will only grant you a good life’ has been the mantra of my life. But at times, I wish I was an average student. I wish decisions would have not been so straightforward. Maybe I would have played cricket- the only thing I feel passionate about. Or maybe I would have studied literature (literature drives me crazy). Isn’t that disappointing- me wishing to be bad at academics. It’s like at times I hate myself for the stuff I am good at.

I feel like these concrete buildings have sucked our desires and our dreams. We are so used to comfort that compromise seems like a taboo. We have lost faith in ourselves. If we can make through it right now, we can do the same in the days to come. You only need a desire to survive and nothing more- not money or cars or designer clothes.

Staying locked up in four walls have restricted our thinking. I feel like our limited thinking echoes through this wall. We are so used to schedules and predictable life that we have successfully suppressed our creative side.

When you step out of these four walls on a peaceful morning, you realize how much nature has to offer to you. Its boundless. Your thoughts, worries, deadlines won’t resonate here. Everything will flow away along with the wind. And you will realize every answer you had been looking for, was always known to you.

It would mean a lot to me if you recommend this article and help me improve. I would love to know your thoughts!


Real time design tools

Just the other day I happened to wake up early. That is unusual for an engineering student. After a long time I could witness the sunrise. I could feel the sun rays falling on my body. Usual morning is followed by hustle to make it to college on time. This morning was just another morning yet seemed different.

Witnessing calm and quiet atmosphere, clear and fresh air seemed like a miracle to me. I wanted this time to last longer since I was not sure if I would be able to witness it again, knowing my habit of succumbing to schedule. There was this unusual serenity that comforted my mind. It dawned on me, how distant I had been from nature. Standing near the compound’s gate, feeling the moistness that the air carried, I thought about my life so far.

I was good at academics, so decisions of my life had been pretty simple and straight. Being pretty confident I would make it to the best junior college of my town in the first round itself, never made me consider any other option. I loved psychology since childhood, but engineering was the safest option. Being born in a middle class family, thinking of risking your career to make it to medical field was not sane. I grew up hearing ‘Only doctor’s children can afford that field’ and finally ended up believing it. No one around me believed in taking risks. Everyone worshiped security. I grew up doing the same.

This is what has happened to us. We want the things we have been doing forcefully to fail. And then maybe people around us would let us try something else or our dreams. We are accustomed to live by everyone else’s definition of success. We punish people for the things they are passionate about, just because we were unable to do the same at some point in our life.

I feel like these concrete buildings have sucked our desires and our dreams. We are so used to comfort that compromise seems like a taboo. We have lost faith in ourselves. If we can make through it right now, we can do the same in the days to come. You only need a desire to survive and nothing more- not money or cars or designer clothes.

Staying locked up in four walls have restricted our thinking. I feel like our limited thinking echoes through this wall. We are so used to schedules and predictable life that we have successfully suppressed our creative side.

When you step out of these four walls on a peaceful morning, you realize how much nature has to offer to you. Its boundless. Your thoughts, worries, deadlines won’t resonate here. Everything will flow away along with the wind. And you will realize every answer you had been looking for, was always known to you.

It would mean a lot to me if you recommend this article and help me improve. I would love to know your thoughts!


Hey DJ play that song

Many years ago, I worked for my parents who own a video production company. Because it is a family business, you inevitably end up wearing many hats and being the czar of many different jobs. I mainly managed projects and worked as a video editor. On production, there were times that I was called on to work as an audio tech and was made to wear headphones on long production days. In those days, having a really good set of headphones that picked up every nuance of sound was essential to making sure the client got what they needed.

Keep me dancing.

Naturally, my first impression of these headphones is based off of the look of them. They have a classic over-the-ear style that is highlighted by a blue LED light that indicates the power for the noise canceling. The padding on the ear pieces seems adequate for extended usage periods.

They are wired headphones, but the 3.5mm stereo mini-plug cable is detachable. Something else I noticed right of the bat was the very nice carrying case that comes with them. It has a hard plastic exterior with a soft cloth interior that helps to protect the surface of the headphones from scratches. I never truly appreciated cases for headphones until I started carrying them from place-to-place. Now I can’t imagine not having a case.

All night long...

Once I gave the headphones a thorough once-over exam, I tried them on. As I mentioned, they have a classic over-the-ear style and just looking at them, the padding on the ear pieces seem adequate and the peak of the headband seemed to be a bit lacking, but you don’t really know comfort unless you try on the product. So, I slipped the headphones on and found them to be exquisitely comfortable.

Play me something for me and my darling, want you to make everything.

Now that I had the headphones on my head, I was finally ready to plug and play some music. I plugged the provided cable into the jack on the headphones and then the one on my iPhone 6. Then I called up Pandora. I tend to have a very eclectic music purview and have many stations set up for different moods. From John Williams to Fallout Boy, the sound quality of these headphones was remarkable. There is an amazing depth of sound and incredible highs and lows that make listening to music a truly breathtaking experience.

In order to test how voices sounded, and the overall art of sound mixing, I pulled up Netflix on my iPad Air 2 and watched a few minutes of a movie to hear all the nuances of the film. None of them were lost. In fact, I ended up hearing sounds that I hadn’t heard before. Echoes…birds chirping…wind blowing through trees…breathing of the characters…it was very impressive what the headphones ended up bringing out for me.


Inktober and Fashion Illustration

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The Inktober challenge is getting closer to the final sprint.Read more


A month of magic with children's illustration

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September is always a particular month for all of us.
A month made by new challenges, ideas, and new tasks.
I've been involved in several projects (one more interesting than the other) that have been pushing myself outside my comfort zone.Read more


Style evolution of Manuela De Simone

Finding the right voice

The evolution of my style

After publishing the post about my latest illustration Charlie, I have received a lot of beautiful comments. Many people have noticed that I brought to light my personality and I reached a creative maturity.Read more


Fashion Illustration

Wish & Wear #48: Make the transition back-to-cool go smoothly!

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September is almost here, the days are getting shorter and in the evenings you can feel a crisp air that makes you say: 'Ok, let me bring something to put on in the case it will be cold'. This is a time of the year that I really like: I buy a lot of fashion magazines, I am always looking for the new Me for the upcoming autumn/winter season around my favourite fashion blogs. One of my must have is the biker jacket: I can't live without it! Every year it is always here with me! Whereas the new entry are the laced shoes: I simply love them! Especially those from The Office Angela Scott, of which I like the tapered shape and their original designs. I recommend you to take a look at the new collection on the website. The Jeans with Tartan inserts are by Ralph Lauren and finally, a white silk blouse to get a touch of elegance to the look!

 

Settembre è quasi arrivato, le giornate si accorciano e la sera si avverte un' aria un po' frizzante. Inizia quel periodo dell'anno che a me piace molto: compro riviste di moda, spulcio tra i blog alla ricerca della nuova Me per la stagione incombente. Uno dei miei punti fermi di sempre è la giacca biker: non posso proprio farne a meno! Mentre una novità che sarà presente nel mio guardaroba saranno le scarpe stringate: semplicemente le adoro! E in particolar modo queste che ho disegnato oggi di The Office Angela Scott, dalla linea affusolata e molto originale. Vi consiglio di dare un'occhiata alla nuova collezione sul sito. I jeans con inserti Tartan sono di Ralph Lauren e li ho abbinati con una camicia bianca di seta per dare un tocco di femminilità al look!


Wish & Wear #47: the Yellow Blazer

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I love to wear total black outfits mixed with one colorful item as in this illustration which I drawn today! The blazer, in a beautiful yellow tone, is from a brand from Hong Kong: O.SA. and I combined it with a pair of shorts by Naf Naf and a black bra. The golden contrast details clutch is by Aldo and the shoes are from one of my favorite designers: Alexander McQueen. I really like this look because it is elegant and bold and eventually it highlights our beautiful legs!

Amo particolarmente indossare i look total black aggiungendo un elemenento dal colore molto vivace, come in questa illustrazione che ho disegnato oggi! La giacca di un bel giallo è di un brand di Honk Kong, O.SA., e l'ho abbinata con un paio di shorts di Naf Naf e un top a fascia nero . La clutch è di aldo con dettagli a contrasto in oro e le scarpe di uno dei miei designer preferiti: Alexander McQueen. Questo outfit mi piace molto: elegante ed audace e che risalta le nostre belle gambe!

 

 


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Wish & Wear #46: the Print Trousers

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Today's 'Wish & Wear' focuses on a contrast monochrome print trousers crafted in a flowy fabric from MANGO. With the right combinations of accessories, they are perfect for every occasion: wear flat shoes for a comfy look or, as in the illustration I have done, switch to high heels (I choose a pair of black sandals by Saint Laurent) for a more elegant style. The top is simple still chic as well as the clutch and the pin-up style hair band which gives a twist to the look!

Il 'Wish & Wear' di oggi ha come protagonista dei pantaloni dal tessuto morbido e con una stampa monocromatica a contrasto di Mango. Li trovo perfetti per ogni occasione: con scarpe basse per un look più sportivo o, come nell'illustrazione che ho disegnato, con un paio di tacchi alti (io ho scelto dei sandali neri di Saint Laurent) per essere più eleganti. Il top nero è semplice ma chic, così come la clutch e la fascia stile pin-up che da un tocco in più al tutto!


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Wish & Wear #45: the Extra Wide Hat

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I always have been fascinated by the extra wide hat: when you wear it each outfit becomes instantly feminine and elegant. Other then holding an indisputable appeal to those who love a certain affected style, it hides our skin from the sun: I am not a fan of the tan and I am always careful to protect myself from the UVA radiations.

The ideal hat is neutral so you can avoid the circus style and you can mix well with any outfit, like the one I drawn from Sakkas. For a romantic look, I choose a long yellow skirt and a white top from the Australian Finders Keepers The Label. Finally, I added a mustard bag by Mantaray and a pair of high heels white sandals.

Il cappello a tesa larga è un accessorio che mi ha sempre attratta moltissimo: rende femminile in maniera elegante ogni outfit. Oltre ad esercitare un fascino indiscutibile per le amanti di uno stile ricercato, ci protegge dai raggi solari: non sono una fan dell'abbronzatura e sono sempre molto attenta a proteggere la mia pelle dai raggi solari, soprattutto d'estate.

Il cappello ideale è di un colore neutro per evitare un effetto 'circo' e facile da abbinare a outfits differenti, come questo che ho disegnato di Sakkas. Per un look romantico ho scelto una gonna lunga gialla con sopra un top bianco della marca australiana Finders Keepers The Label. La borsa color mostarda è di Mantaray e ai piedi un paio di sandali bianchi con tacco alto.


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Wish & Wear #44: Stars and pois!

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Here we are with your appointment with fashion illustration! Today's outfit it is fun and full of stars and pois! We are going toward the mid-season and for this reason I choose a thin light-blue cashmere to combine with a comfortable still elegant pastel shorts. All is completed with Miu Miu sunglasses, a lovely raffia hat, a brown clutch and high heels nude sandals.

Ecco l'appuntamento con l'illustrazione di moda! L'outfit di oggi è sicuramente molto allegro, pieno di stelle e pois! Visto che andiamo incontro alla mezza stagione ho scelto una maglia molto fine in cashmere azzurro chiaro da abbinare con un paio di pantaloncini dalla vestibilità confortovele ma elegante al tempo stesso. Gli accessori da abbinare a questo look sono un paio di occhiali da sole di Miu Miu, un delizioso cappellino di raffia, una clutch marrone e un paio di sandali dal tacco alto nude.