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Masquerade by paigehwarren Masquerade by paigehwarren
This is a costume design based on Georgian fashion (think Moliere to Marie Antoinette, also referred to as Rococo. It's what Europe was doing when the U.S. was in it's Colonial period). I took some artistic license and simplified the style some. This is 5" x 7" on watercolor paper.

artwork (c) Paige Halsey Warren

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MightyMorphinPower4 Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2011
Lovey work here
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pearl4453 Featured By Owner May 20, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I have a thing for old European dresses and jewelry, and you're bringing it alive here! Once again I must compliment your shading and color palette. Her expression and pose also contribute to the general feeling of it. Can I ask what your drawing process is like? Do you sketch and then copy, or just ink directly on? I definiteyl can't seen any erased pencil lines here.
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paigehwarren Featured By Owner May 21, 2011  Professional Filmographer
I actually might do a tutorial soon but I would hate to leave you hanging ^.^ I sketch, erase, sketch, yell at, sketch, and clean up the design that I want to do on scratch paper. Because I push down wicked hard when I draw, I've learned not to work on the final paper. When I'm sure I've got it the way I want and I've cleaned up the lines as much as possible, I tape the sketch to the BACK of the final paper. I use a light box to trace the lines in ink (so stressful, random drops of ink are evil and can only be cured with a very sharp exacto blade). There is also a way of tracing the lineart through over the top but it requires putting charcoal all over the back of the drawing which can get messy and when you go to erase the lines, the eraser takes some of the pop out of the ink lines. Anyway, I then tape the edges of the paper down onto a drawing board and press hard on the tape so I can paint right up to the edge without the paper warping. I sometimes use masking fluid either before or after I ink but that's a whole other tutorial in the making ^.^;;

I hope this helps and wasn't too cryptic or lengthy to read
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pearl4453 Featured By Owner May 22, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow, thanks! Though I'm not in a position to obtain a light box, I think I'm going to try to start making rough drafts like you. I don't really like making rough drafts of any form (writing, drawing, planning), but it's now a problem because for some reason this year I've been really laying on the weight on my poor pencils- like you! I tend to make my first and only draft on the same paper I color and ink and it makes it look terrible.
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paigehwarren Featured By Owner May 23, 2011  Professional Filmographer
I didn't have my own light box for awhile so in the meantime, I taped both the sketch and the final to a very sunny window and used it like that. You can also put a sheet of glass or plexi on a lamp and it's the same idea (but you have to be really careful about not tipping the glass). Last summer, I was so desperate for a light box one night that I lay a floor lamp down on the floor beside a glass door and curled up with my paper on the other side of the door. It was literally and figuratively a pain but I got the transfer I needed XD

There is the charcoal transfer technique, since you don't have a light box. I like to save my sketches and this turns them into a bit of a mess so I would suggest photocopying them to avoid that. To to this, you turn your sketch (or photocopy) over and go over the back of it with a pencil. And I mean just go to town, you want the entire back to be covered with a dusty layer of pencil. Blow off the excess and VERY carefully tape the pencil side to the FRONT of your final paper. Now you trace your lines trying carefully not to press your fingers down on any part of the sketch that has pencil underneath. You may need to lift the sketch to check that it's transferring and that you're getting every line. Once you have, your final paper will have a very light pencil line that will erase easily after you've inked it. Ta da!
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alikiebobo Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2011
i <3 it XD..u draw the most marvelous real life paintings!
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paigehwarren Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2011  Professional Filmographer
^.^ thanks!!
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PHantomDragon-56 Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2011   General Artist
Lovely. Really, truly, a lovely work of art. The dress looks beautifully rendered and the woman modeling, or sporting, it looks stunning in the outfit. Bravo, great job.
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paigehwarren Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2011  Professional Filmographer
Thanks ^.^
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Alwisw Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2011
This is so lovely! :) You know how to work those watercolors. I try and I try but I never seem to master watercolor technique. My latest piece was made in markers for that reason. I'm abandoning watercolors... at least for today. haha
Your work is utterly gorgeous!
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