How to Illustrate with Eyeshadows (with Step by Step Process)
|April 30, 2013||Posted by The Dilly Chic under Eyeshadow Illustrations, Personal Shares, Tips that Will Help Your Life|
So what I’m gonna do is tell you how to draw and color with a little bit of twist. Yes, you might need this for your life! You can do a simple illustration you want to put at your site or book cover or even your bedroom wall for the world to see without having to steal someone else’s work. Or maybe you just want to hype up your creativity, anything really! This post is applicable to all media, not just eyeshadows, but because that’s what I do most often, that’s what I want to post.
Enough chit chat, here we go!
1. The Tools
Obviously, to draw stuff you’re gonna need drawing stuff. No need for anything fancy. Just grab any waterproof pen and marker that you can find at the nearest store. Oh, and you should try to find one that dries quickly (test it out by making a line and quickly smudging with your finger), because you don’t want your work to get ruined by your own hands, right?
Second, choose your coloring media (pencil colors, eyeshadows, watercolor, etc). If you only want to decorate your room and test your creative waters, I suggest buying affordable tools first. Pentel and Lyra watercolors and Faber Castell pencil colors are great for starters.
IF you’re really curious about drawing with eyeshadows, then just pick out any kind of eyeshadow you have on you! After a while, you’ll start to notice which ones settle well on paper and the ones that don’t. I personally use BH Cosmetics 120 Color 2nd Edition –get it here– (yay promo!), since the colors are very pigmented and they settle well in paper, but you can use pretty much anything you can get your hands on. (for cheap eyeshadows alternative, try e.l.f Cosmetics’
e.l.f. Studio 150-Piece Geometric Eyeshadow Palette
e.l.f. Studio Endless Eyes Pro Eyeshadow Palette – Limited Edition
2. The How-To
I like to sketch out my illustrations with pencil first, so I can make sure I can fix any faulty lines and such. No idea what to draw? Not an excuse! With so many Pinterest-ing and Instagram-ing, I doubt you’d get stuck. Quoting a certain artist/ person: “A blank canvas can be very daunting. Make a scribble and it will go away“. So go ahead and make your scribble!
Side note: most artists don’t even know what they want to draw until they scribble randomly and inspiration comes to mind.
3. The Process
Sometimes, I do my drawings based on people’s photograph or out of random nuts. I think you already know how to draw randomly, so I’m gonna show the process when I draw people instead. Here’s the pic of the person I was drawing, the lovely Jezz from Jezz Dallas MAKE UP Your Mind (published with her permission, of course)
Sketch with pencil
I always try to spend a lot of time with the pencil sketch, being a perfectionist bitch that I am, to make sure I get all the lines all correct and in place. REMEMBER: when you draw a person, every line is crucial. Pay mega attention to the photograph and to your own drawing. Be a perfectionist when it comes to drawing a person, even when you’re making a cartoon or illustrations, every trait is important.
Line the sketch with pen and marker
Along the way, you’ll find faults with your pencil sketch. Even if you’re a super mega perfectionist detailed person, it’s fine to make faulty lines with the pencil. Just make sure when you find one, quickly fix it and line with pen and marker. Or make line adjustment along the way, whichever you think better.
Once again, choose any media you prefer. Making mistakes is perfectly fine, just keep practicing (something I say to myself everyday).
Note: If you use eyeshadows, it’s going to be hard getting the precision you want, since I can find no applicator or brush with very tapered angle for precision drawings. If you use water color, make sure your paper is thick enough(at least 150 gsm) so you wouldn’t ruin your own drawing.
Put a finishing touch
Maybe the lines are covered with eyeshadows or anything, it’s time to re-line and refine your drawing! Go ahead, be a perfectionist!
TADAAA! I know it’s still far from perfect, but I hope you learn a thing or two from me. Oh and to further emphasize the importance of being a perfectionist in drawing: you’ll take a long time fixing lines and thinking about colors and stuff, so it’s best you do it while you’re faaaaaaaaar away from the crowd. Seriously, do it far away. Your face will look super weird when you ponder about lines and colors.
-The Dilly Chic-