Illustrating faces of Instagram

Happy pride weekend!

Rainbow faced feminine bust of a transgender person taking a breath of calm air
A feeling of pride

It is difficult to speak about injustice without getting choked up. I will just say that I’m happy to celebrate freedom everywhere.

The above illustration was created by myself in Autodesk. I sketched the outline shape by tracing a photo of a person from Instagram. I sketched the outline in black pencil and overtop a white background.

Using a base coat of a skin coloured tone, I continued by airbrushing a colorful palate over the eyes, cheekbones etc., of the face.

After colouring in the skin, I re-outlined the entire figure with a lavender-violet ink pen. After completing the illustration I changed the previously light coloured background colour to a black one. By inverting the background colour, the illustration looks like it is floating. A black background also evokes the idea of the echo concept I have been exploring in my paintings. I really enjoy the look of singular images against black negative spaces.

Black woman with xotton candy pink hair illustration
Illustration of author

This illustration is one where I used the same technique, except the end result was to invert a previously black coloured background with a lighter sand coloured one. The colouring

I used myself as the model for this sketch. My hair is not pink, so I took some liberties. I think that the eye direction is a bit off,but that the likeness is on point.

This is another illustration using the same technique. The model is another person from Instagram (king_cannibanoid). I mainly use a variety of hard and soft airbrushing techniques when adding colour to my illustrations. I enjoy building layers of colour that lighten gradually to create depth and shadow.

I continue to find immense calm and tranquility with illustrating things I find around the web, and life. Thank you for stopping by to check out what I have been working on.

S

Illustrating simple geometric patterns

My latest work in illustration has been the creation of simple geometric patterns against solic backgrounds of colour. This untitled illustration was a quick and happy one. Using an ink pen, I enlarged the brush size to get a thick circumference. I selected the symmetry option and using the line tool I began to draw line segments that connected at (what I hope are) 90 degree angles. I finished the quick draw by adding smiles for the little man sitting at the top. (hee hee).

A geometric pattern with black angled lines connecting over a yellow background
Reminds me of a TV show called “The Simpsons”

Some of the patterns have a tribal feel because I drew inspiration from my recent study of my family’s ancestral masks.

Yellow lines form a geometric pattern against a black background
A black and yellow geometric pattern
Pale yellow background with green geometric tribal pattern
Pale yellow background with green geometric tribal pattern

Looking closely at the second image, it could also be a schematic for an over engineered device. There are many intersections of line that make the design more complex than the earlier illustration and the pattern repeats itself four times. I think that the over stimulating nature of the pattern and the repetition could make for an overwhelming image; which is why I decided to use muted colours that would interact in a more calming manner.

Pink and yellow geometric pattern with rectangles and squares
Reminds me of pink lemonade

This last illustration is a favourite. I really like it as a background and I think or has a high potential for application across different media.

Thank you for stopping by!

-S

Ideas aplenty for illustration

Greetings!

My latest illustration set features some ideas I came up with in between my mom duties and life. No matter what circumstances arise, I find that a constant trait I carry is a need to be creative!

The outline of a gun was drawn in Autodesk sketchbook using layers and a designer pencil. I enjoy using nibs that produce a grainy line. When the outline of a figure is done with this grainy line, (I think) that it gives a more informal and practiced design like a chalkboard writing or a pencil sketch.

The same outline as the blue gun was redrawn and duplicated using the symmetry tool to create a mirror image.

Here we see two identical guns pointing at each other. The nib used in the redraw was a designer pencil with the width widened by about 3 or 4 x the regular size. The ultra straight lines are attributable to using the line tool. I used the line tool with a zoomed in view to draw point to point, then filling in any curved points by hand.

Finally, this mandala image is a simple black background and white pencil sketch. Using the symmetry tool with a radial pattern option, I finished this entire pattern.

Thank you for stopping by,

S

My illustration endeavours

I am always trying new things (as you know), so my latest fun activity is creating illustrations for my tshirt designs.

This design is a simple drawing of a chihuahua dog with large thick framed glasses. He has a vacant look in his eye and is flanked by a witty remark that reads “hmmm…let me get back to you on that”. I like the simplicity of this design, and I hope you do as well.

Grey alien looks confused in a simple illustration.
An illustration of a grey alien

A second illustration features a more complex illustration of an alien that has been coloured in. I used a cool gray colour with an air brush application to achieve the uneven colouring. The outline is a mix of pencil and ink pen.

Colour illustration of a space babe sexy girl in outer space
Space babe holding blaster guns in outer space

Finally, this illustration is of a female astronaut babe holding blaster guns against a black background. It is very simplistic and I would have liked to make the colours more vibrant. I am working on more illustrations and will post my work over the next few weeks.

Thanks for stopping by.

S

Gold textured mask with a black background

A human face painted in gold with textured and raised sculpture relief on the canvas with a black painted background.
A relief mask with texture and gold acrylic paint

My latest work is a mask inspired by my ancestral Yoruba tribe from West Africa. I wanted to represent the model of an elongated and oval shaped face, as this is commonly seen on traditional masks from the region.

A human face painted in gold with textured and raised sculpture relief on the canvas with a black painted background.
A gold textured mask by Stephanie Konu

Here you can see an up close and angled perspective of the nose bridge of the mask. The area is raised slightly to show a break in the surface of the face.

The method of this painting further explores my current practice of singular images against a black negative space. For this blog post, I felt that it was beneficial to take photos of the side angles and above/below vantage points to fully emphasize the immense texture in this piece.

A human face painted in gold with textured and raised sculpture relief on the canvas with a black painted background.
A gold mask inspired by ancient Yoruba ancestral masks painted by Stephanie Konu

A side view reveals a crevice of texture that was created when I applied some very grainy pieces to the face surface. I did this to add drama to the piece, and to represent the tribal scars of warfare that this mask would traditionally represent.

The eyes are a deep vacant black with glowing gold specks that are raised and have texture. My initial response was that seemed “spooky” but I think it was necessary to have gold floating over top of a black area for the eyes; as it allows the eyes to have their own space and stand out.

A human face painted in gold with textured and raised sculpture relief on the canvas with a black painted background.
Side of mask painting by Stephanie Konu

If looking closely, you can see a faint outline of lips protruding from the surface. I tried my best but I often get impatient when I have a good idea that I am excited about. Adding lips to emphasize the African features was one of these ideas. The next time I attempt to make a mask like this, I would like to spend more time on smoother corners and more pronounced features.

A human face painted in gold with textured and raised sculpture relief on the canvas with a black painted background.
Lips of the ancestral mask are faintly seen here

Thank you for stopping by, and as always I enjoy reading your comments

-S

New video available

Greetings!

I was having fun with my video camera and shot this video the other day. I took the content from one of my blog postings and simply read it to the camera. Windows Media Movie Maker allowed me to easily insert photos and edit clips to make a video. It is posted on YouTube, so my style is much flirtier than usual. It was fun and I think I will continue to make videos that showcase my art.

I also decided to hide most of my face. I know what you might be thinking: yep, still bashful. I’m working on being more mentally present in each moment so that I can face whatever fear is causing it. Until I figure it out, it’s half off.

 

Thanks for stopping by,

-S

Gold relief painting in acrylic

My latest work is an acrylic relief painting that is heavy in texture. There is so much texture that my work is part sculpture, as the object emerges from the canvas surface.

An acrylic texture relief painting Epsilon in gold texture with black background. Saturn like ring around planet.

The concept follows the theme of my last few pieces; which is to show singular symbols against a black background. As the golden image floats through the darkness, it is representative of an echo from unknown depths coming outward. I say “echo” because it is difficult to determine what becomes of a feeling or thought once it is released into the universe. Perhaps on some level (collective consciousness, spiritual, or what have you), we communicate with symbols that carry deep personal meanings.

An acrylic texture relief painting Epsilon in gold texture with black backgroundAn acrylic texture relief painting Epsilon in gold texture with black background

Upon looking closer, one can detect the relief caused by the use of texture. Using my palate knife, I sculpted the division of the planet’s rings from the body of the sphere. It was also difficult to make a decision as to whether or not it was proper to paint black lines to further divide the rings from the planet.

An acrylic texture relief painting Epsilon in gold texture with black background

If I could change anything about this piece, it would be the unevenness caused by the division of the planet’s ring against the sphere body of the planet. I find it distracting.

When naming this piece, I wanted to avoid the obvious choice by calling it “Saturn”. To accomplish this, I researched other planets in our solar system with rings and learned that the planet Uranus has rings! The brightest of the 13 rings of Uranus is named Epsilon, and so voila!; the name of this golden planetoid painting was chosen.

An acrylic texture relief painting Epsilon in gold texture with black background Saturn ring planet

This last shot is altered; brightness levels have been reduced, while contrast has been increased. This allows the blackness of the background to really offset the gold multi faceted sphere surface and it’s rings.

This design is also available on many items printed on demand at www.spacearttshirts.com. Thank you for stopping by.

-S