I wish I could dress like this every day. Instead I will just have to draw it.
I love all that old glamor. I am certain I should have lived in the 50's as a young women just so I could wear those clothes. Yes, I know women had it hard then in other ways but all those cinched-in waists and crisp cotton frocks, curled-to- perfection hair and pearls, just to cook dinner in makes me overlook that.
As a kid I used to copy just for fun the fashion illustrations in the London Sunday Times. I have since tried to find out who were the artists drawing for that esteemed publication in the early 1970's but to no avail. If anyone knows... I think there was a kind of escapism in it for me.
I also won a competition as a kid with a fashion-style drawing using gold foil from a Cadbury's chocolate bar for the dress. I was so proud of that prize.
Someone said they would like to see a drawing of mine in stages so I decide to do that on this one. This drawing was all about the gesture as much as the clothes. Without it, it wouldn't work.
I started with a charcoal pencil going lightly for the movement, then picked up my brush dipped in black oil to mass in the value shapes on the paper. Once I was comfortable with where I was going, still not putting in too much detail just shapes, I started in with the washes.
This drawing was pretty fast. I sure had fun.