≡ Menu

Dress up illustrations

These days I am looking for simple and fun creative art activities that can be done without much supplies at home.

By Gladys Parker – http://digitalcomicmuseum.com/index.php?dlid=24639, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=49554598

I used to love playing with paper dolls that you can dress up when I was a kid and this activity felt a bit the same 🙂

I have quite a few drawings from life drawings in the studio and thought it could be fun to dress them up and add patterns.

If you have drawings available you can use yours, I also added a couple of mine in this post that you can print if you want to start with those ones.

You will need:

  • life drawings (original or prints)
  • colored pencils
  • pencil
  • fine liner or dipping pen
  • watercolor or ink or fluid acrylic

I am a Blick Art Materials affiliate and I receive a small compensation for sales. That does not effect in any way the cost of the purchaser’s order but it helps me keeping the content of this blog free.

Sakura Pigma Micron Pen

Pigma Micron pens are acid-free and archival, making them ideal for any application requiring precision and permanance. Pigma ink is derived from a single pigment to ensure color consistency, and is fadeproof against sunlight or UV light. – Set of 6, Black

Select a few drawings

You can work on your original drawings or you can print them as I did:

You can download my drawings here, please credit me if using them and posting them on social media.

Start by drawing the outline of the clothes

You will add patterns, so you can hide lines that you don’t want to show on the clothes with the patterns.

You can start with a pencil to draw the clothes and go over it with a fine liner once you are satisfied with the result.

Add patterns to the clothes

fun dress up illustrations

Because I worked with colored pencils on this one, it works better if you draw the patterns with the fine liner or the dipping pen and then color.

I am a Blick Art Materials affiliate and I receive a small compensation for sales. That does not effect in any way the cost of the purchaser’s order but it helps me keeping the content of this blog free.

​

 

Prismacolor Art Stix

Prismacolor Art Stix are artist-quality woodless colored pencils for every level of expertise. Especially suited for color coverage of large areas, Art Stix offer a bold, smooth laydown of color.

Here is a time lapse video of the drawing with the red background where I used only a fine liner and colored pencils.

Work on the background

add patterns to life drawing

If you want to add watercolor paint or inks, then add the paint first and the patterns after the paint has dried.

You can add the patterns with a fine liner or with a dipping pen.

Here is a time lapse for the illustration when I painted the background and then did add the patterns.

Here are the finished illustrations, I would love it if you can share your illustrations in the comments !