I’ve been working on another new Kimono Paper Craft illustration of a girl lying out in a beautiful grassy meadow. I haven’t quite finished it yet, but here are some work in progress pics.
I started out with a rough pencil sketch.
I then traced the outline of the sketch onto another piece of paper which I cut out and used as a template. This photo (below) isn’t actually anything to do with my work process, I just liked how the cutout looked sitting amongst my pile of kimono papers!
The more I work with these kimono prints, the more I’ve come to notice the textures and shading and ‘in between’ details of them. What I’ve discovered is that by using these ‘in between’ bits of pattern, you can really bring an illustration to life. So, for example a blue fan in the background of one print becomes the girl’s pleated skirt (complete with green waistband), and three lines in another print become the buttoned front of her blouse.
Can you see how the streamers on the kite are shaded and the girl’s face has a slight blush to it? That’s all just from carefully choosing which bits of a print I use to create a certain effect. It’s the most fun part of the creative process for me!
Every single piece of paper I’ve used for the illustration comes from my Kimono Paper Craft kits. The face is drawn in with coloured pencil.
And here’s the girl lying in a grassy meadow filled with tulips! I haven’t quite finished the sky with the kite yet. I’ll show you when I have.
I hope you all feel as happy and contented today as this girl, lying out in the sweet-smelling grass, enjoying the breeze and the birds, and the cool ground under her bare arms and legs. Let’s all try to at least take a moment today to tune into the beauty of nature wherever we are. Enjoy!