There is one colour I always find a very pleasing challenge and that is the colour pink. Although pink is just the lightest tone of a rose colour you can make, there are many variations of pink, especially in fabrics. For this fashion figure I used acrylics. If I was using watercolours I would water down the paint to make the lightest pinks and keep increasing the strength of the tone to make the darker pinks, using less water for each subsequent layer of paint.
Using acrylics, I added minute portions of white to a magenta as I worked but I also used some pure magenta for the lightest tones of the underpainting.
A fashion figure measures at least nine head heights, even when seated so I always use that as a constant measure. You can then be assured that all your fashion figures will look uniform and in your style. This is important when you put a body of work together for presentation purposes, especially when you are selling or promoting your work.
I keep all my fashion paintings and drawings in A1 size portfolios.
When mixing flesh tones for a fashion figure, although I have mixed a sort of regular skin tone for this particular figure, you can always experiment using other colours on the skin that may be reflected from the artificial lighting of a catwalk or photographic studio.
A fashion figure usually has some “props” and this one is no exception to that rule. The gloves make for a good colour contrast, toning down the brightness of the pinks. I mixed a chromatic black and used that also for the lighter tones on the handbag, to give the impression of light playing on the leather.
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