Happy Thursday Everyone! It’s super rainy here today, which makes it the perfect working day. That¬†doesn’t mean I am working that hard. I gave myself a tiny vacation this week because my sister is visiting from the West Coast. Tomorrow it will be back to work, but for today, here are some watercolor drawings that I did when studying Fashion Illustration at FIT. The colors seemed appropriate for the weather today.

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The first image was probably a 7-10 minute pose. I think this because there are pencil lines under the watercolor. the figures beneath were probably 3 minute poses to warm up, which is why they all overlap. These were all drawn from a model with concentrated watercolor. We used concentrated watercolors in fashion illustration because they dried fast and the colors are so brilliant. Also they were fun.
It is really funny what you remember when you are flipping through old sketchbooks. I can very clearly envision where I was standing in the room when I painted these. There was another instructor wandering around. He was out of sorts because the model he had booked for his class hadn’t shown up. He flipped through this sketchbook while I was working on one of the longer poses in the class. He really liked these images which made me happy. I think it made him sad because he couldn’t have his students working too!
Looking at these images reminds me of how fun it was to draw like this. Using watercolor, there wasn’t much planning before you started, you had to simply jump into it. Any mistakes had to be worked into the image, or dealt with some other way. It was a very freeing way to draw. In a way, even though you can’t erase, it takes the pressure off. You know you will probably make mistakes, it won’t be perfect, and it’s ok. Maybe today I will pull out my watercolors again!