Prada in Pencil

This is not a sad fishing post. I don’t say it’s a shit drawing just to get you lot to say “no, no it’s fab, your fab…“. It’s really about being honest and saying that not every drawing turns out how I want it. For every successful drawing there are dozens of fails or not quite rights. In this age of everything being ‘Insta-perfect’ I think that message sometimes get lost.

It’s February already and this is my first post for 2020!. It has been a hell of a start to the year in my part of Australia with fires, hail storms, and unbearably hot temperatures. As a result I haven’t been able to spend much time drawing but have, through much procrastinating on the lounge, discovered Domestika.

Domestika is “the largest creative community in Spanish”. They offer tonnes of online courses from some amazing Spanish speaking artists. The production qualities, the range of topics, and the knowledge of the artists are all excellent. The only down side is that the tuition is given in Spanish. There are English subtitles but these can be kinda hit and miss. Some have been quite good and some have been pretty atrocious. Every now and then you are treated to a cracker of a translation. A personal favourite “its always better when its bigger and harder”… indeed.

It was through Domestika that I discovered Spanish illustrator Carmen Garcia Huerta. You can find her work here. I love it when I come across an artist who uses colour pencils to produce really sophisticated and elegant artworks. I often feel that colour pencils are a rather basic, rudimentary, medium so when I see work like Carmen’s it suddenly reignites my passion for them. (And then my husband goes and DESTROYS* my ego by saying “nice colouring in”.😤)

What I noticed about Carmen’s work which reminded me of another of my favourite fashion illustrators, Hanna Muller, is the use of strong, clean, outlines. In my efforts to do very realistic drawings I tend to avoid any form of harsh outline but both Hanna and Carmen have a way of using them to make their works really pop.

The balance of softness with and structurual lines that appears in Carmen’s work reminded me of Prada’s Fall 2015 runway collection. The colour pallete was predominantly pastels but there was also something very strong and sharp about it.

“Sweet…but violent. I wanted impact. How can you be strong with pastels?” – Miuccia Prada

I was super pleased with how everything started out but unfortunately the end result was a bit disappointing. It doesn’t quite ‘pop’ as much as I’d hoped. It bores me! Oh well 🤷‍♀️ better luck next time!

I should add that this was completed with both Prismacolor Premier and Faber-Castell Polychromo colour pencils on Strathmore 400 Series Colored Pencil paper.

*the emphasis on DESTROY may be a little harsh. I’m not THAT sensitive and, while this is a true quote from the man himself, I know he doesn’t mean to be THAT INSENSATIVE. But I did kinda just wanted to make him feel a little bit guilty.

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