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

Illustration update

 

Greetings,

My latest illustrations are more complex than my earlier work. I am using more colours and layers for each work as my knowledge of the Autodesk Sketchbook program increases.

comissioned illustration for instagram user features a weathered machine shop with the owner standing in foreground
Commission for Jay from Dangerous Decorations

Here we see an illustrated work that I completed for Jay @Dangerous Decorations on Instagram. He requested that the illustration not “look like a selfie”, so I used a source image that he provided, where he stood in an authoritative pose. The original photo did not feature blue reflective lenses, but I like to draw sunglasses in this way. It allows me to use airbrushing to add a reflective effect to the surface of each lens. I think it looks much nicer.

 

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This next illustration was modeled after a photo I found on Pinterest. I was interested in drawing an interracial couple in an embrace, and when I found this photo of a Black-Cambodian couple, I knew I had to draw them. Their embrace is so romantic and heartfelt, because it is their wedding day, so there is a strong positive feeling of love that is emitted from the image.

Thanks for stopping by, and be sure to check out my latest illustration on Monday’s post.

 

-S

 

 

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

Green, blue and silver acrylic abstract

My latest work is entitled “Two Moon Lagoon“.

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I used an acrylic pour method as the background; mixing white and silver as the colour for waves splashing on the coast. If you look closely, you can see a high tide wave emerging from the lower left side.

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As the acrylic pour developed: a coral-like branch protrudes out into the heart of the painting. The branches have a fractal quality to them, which pull the eyes deeper in.

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Over the vista, and through the green limbs of an alien-looking cactus plant; two moons co-orbit the sky. The presence of two moons makes evident that this abstract scene takes place on another world. In my imagination, the piece looks out from the reeds to the sky on a clear night. In a warm atmosphere, an ocean wave washes on to the shore sending water splashing up into the night sky. The oddly shaped plant is my favourite part as it is totally imperfect, but works well with the painting’s alien theme.

-S

Gold and black acrylic with 24k gold leaf

My latest work is an abstract mixed media on canvas. I used 24K gold leaf in addition to gold and black acrylic to create a piece that I call: “Concerto”.

A gold field of metallic acrylic washed over a black negative space with gold leaf.
A gold field of metallic acrylic washed over a black negative space.

Concerto is an abstract representation of my imagination of time in the universe. Time is a fluid force that melts through its environment, seeping into small crooks and caverns. The fluidity of time is one that is difficult to contain, and is uncontrollable as a result.

A shapeless Gold acrylic and gold leaf over top a black negative space.
A gold field of acrylic over top a black negative space.

The positioning of each corner where gold touches black- where time meets our reality- is temporary. In this piece, the golden field melts over-top of the black expanse in an uneven method, also signifying the non-linear nature of the measurement of time in the universe versus our perceptions.

A shapeless Gold acrylic and gold leaf over top a black negative space
A gold field over top a black negative space side view.

The gold colour signifies the rarity of time to humans in our existence. Time is limited, like gold, and thus holds immense value to us. At the heart of the gold acrylic field, a spackle of 24K gold leaf represents the truth and realness that lies within the unmeasurable field of golden time.

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Artist’s signature on Concerto.

In this way, I intend to express that the value is truly authentic, as the heart of the field is real gold and not just a representation.

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Concerto in garden view by Stephanie Konu

What do you see in my latest piece? Tell me what you think in the comments below.

Thanks for stopping by,

-S

Blue Ocean Acrylic on Canvas

My latest piece is ultra calm and tranquil. Continuing with the 13 x 13 inch canvas size series, I painted and poured this acrylic on canvas abstract using premium heavy duty cotton canvas stretched over thick 2×2 wood.

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The title is Homonym and I feel like I can just fall into it..

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The top of the piece is an abstract setting of the sun cascading over water that is becoming increasingly rough. There are wisps of grey storm clouds co-mingling with the sun- perhaps to ultimately overpower it.

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There is movement in this piece, yet mysteriously a light triangle coloured object is adrift within it. I love how this one turned out!

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-S