Illustration Fun!

My latest illustration work is focused on portraits. I mainly sketch the bust of my subjects and work on smooth lines, shading, and perspective.

Arabic woman beautiful posing for Illustration in modest dress
Instagram model posing for illustration

I always try to include a basic shading line for each portrait, even when it is rudimentary like the lines seen above. This style of basic shading is cartoonish, but gets the job done.

Sultry sexy instagram model illustration basic sketch by Stephanie konu
Sultry Instagram model posing for illustration

The difference is remarkable when shading is not included. Looking at the above portrait sketch (as well as the one below) there are absolutely no shading lines. As a result the subject looks flat and one dimensional. I think that it seems very cartoonish. The representation is good, but as one of my favorite online illustrators would say: shading allows more features of the face to appear that line work alone does not reveal.

Business man posing for illustration full body sketch
My cousin Steven J in a business man pose
Instagram model posing for illustration
Instagram model posing for illustration

The above sketch uses much deeper shading around all major areas of the subjects face that is eclipsed her her hair. There is still a cartoonish nature to the portrait, but it can be said that my style is improving here.

African baby illustration sketch full body stephanie konu
African baby full body illustration sketch

My preferred style of shading is achieved with the airbrush effect on Autodesk sketchbook. The soft airbrush tip works well, but I also use the hard brush to get deeper definition and more dramatic looks when shading. Above, shading and highlights are visible in the face of the subject. This airbrushed effect give the portrait more dimension and an appealing appearance. It is definitely my favorite sketch of the week.

Which one is your favorite?

Thank you for stopping by

-S

Long weekend Monday

Greetings!

Welcome to a new week, and happy Simcoe day to everyone in Ontario Canada.

I hope you have had an opportunity to check out the ebook featured in the last post. The book is titled “Mad About Mandalas”. It features 16 blank mandala designs for printing and colouring. I feel that adult colouring is an activity that is beneficial to practicing mindfulness. Taking a few minutes to slow down and concentrate on breathing while coloring will add years to your life!

In the meantime, I am working on my latest idea for a colouring book. The subject will be portraits of people I have met. I can’t tell you anymore since we are still developing it, but I hope to have it posted on the anieksteph blog by autumn.

Here is an illustration I did earlier this week. The sketch outline was done with felt tip brush in Autodesk sketchbook. The colour is white against a black background.

Once I sketched the outline of the figure, I added a red sky on a separate layer over top of the sketch, then a yellow halo outline closer to the boundaries of the outline. After the outline looked on point to what I was aiming for, I turned down the opacity to make the image have a glowing effect.

This is my favorite sketch of the week!

Thanks for stopping by,

-S

Mandala time!

I love to create, and right now I love to create illustrations. I use autodesk sketchbook to draw with a stylus and I find so much enjoyment in the activity.

I created a mini colouring book for adults called “Mad About Mandalas” that features blank mandala designs that can be printed and coloured in. I think that colouring for adults can be a great way to practice mindfulness and meditation. I will upload the book soon, but for now, here is a free mandala designs that you can print out and have fun with.

Mandala blank for adult colouring
Mandala blank for adult colouring

If you want something more than a geometric design, here are two blank portrait sketches I completed last week for clients.

Bobby newberry sketch
Bobby newberry sketch
Dominican Joey sketch for adult colouring
Dominican Joey sketch for adult colouring

Feel free to print the designs and colour them for a mindful break and to bring relaxation to your day.

Thanks for stopping by,

S

Portrait illustrations for hire

Dua lips portrait with yellow dress and short black hair medium skin tone illustration drawing
Dua lipa fan illustration by Stephanie konu

I am currently offering a service via Instagram to sketch portraits starting at $2.99. Visit @Illustratemoi and send me a direct message with your idea. I am enjoying illustration so much! Creating is such a large part of me, and I feel as though I must always make things. Cooking, baking, sewing, painting, drawing; you name it, I love to take raw materials and make things.

Male white model with shading and pattern
Male model illustration with moustache

Illustration is perfect for this time in my life, because I rarely have time to pull out my sewing machine; painting on canvas also has high costs even after making art canvas from scratch. Not to mention, space becomes an issue after a while.

Using digital tools it is extremely practical to create artwork without worry of a mess to clean, dangerous tools to be left around or the other hazards that can result from the creative process.

Drawing of mixed race sisters illustration black and white comission
Illustration of sisters

This last drawing was part of a recent comission for an Instagram follower. I like how well the shading turned out on the little girl’s face. The source photo was very well lit, and that helped to show the lines to be emphasized with highlights or shading.

Thanks for stopping by!

S

Portrait illustrations

My latest illustrations have improved from earlier work.

Colour illustration cartoon man holding chin simple vector
Simple colour cartoon illustration

This quick sketch came out like a simple logo. The line work is incomplete, and I had some problems with the source image. I found it difficult to see the small details, and as a result, details like the nose and line work for the ears are missing. There is a bit of shading, but the work is generally plain.

Pixie hair brunette illustration of a woman with sunglasses
Pixie hair brunette illustration of a woman with sunglasses

This illustration is similar in its simplicity, but is more finished that the previous one. The source image was a woman with a cute pixie hairstyle. I really like how her hair turned out, as I was not sure, at the beginning, that I would have been able to capture the style properly.

As I develop my illustration style, I prefer to draw sunglasses as reflective glasses. I like to use artistic licence for sunglasses because it gives a “grand theft auto” vibe that looks really cool, as opposed to copying the source image exactly.

Highlights illustration of Arabic woman from Instagram
Highlights illustration of Arabic woman from Instagram

This next illustration is shows a turning point in the general complexity of my work. I have added some basic highlights to the portrait to convey a light source from the top of the subject’s head. The highlights are a slight improvement because they make the image look less like a flat 2D cartoon.

Stephanie Konu illustration black woma blowing kiss cartoon
Stephanie Konu illustration black woma blowing kiss cartoon

Here we see a technique that is farther along than the others. The source image is a photo of myself. Some details are missing, but the important change is the use of highlights and shading to capture facial features that cannot be expressed with black outlines (aka line work). Notice how the bridge of the nose is shown with a shaded line that is slightly darker than the skin tone.

It is fascinating how much shading and highlights add depth to an otherwise flat 2D image. I find so much enjoyment in this activity! Using Autodesk for illustration allows me to be creative without the messiness of painting in acrylic (although I still love painting).

Thank you for stopping by to see what I have been working on. I am looking forward to showing you what comes out next!

S