Review by Rebecca

Rebecca reviewed my blog as she was pleased with the diversity between my illustrators. She was also impressed with the various medias I had experimented with and how I produced a break down for nearly every illustration. She felt I could have improved by using computer softwares more such as Photoshop or Coreldraw as she felt I produced most of my illustrations by hand. She liked the layout of my blog and the colour scheme as she says they are simple, yet effective.


Technical Difficulties

During this assignment, I met various technical difficulties when using various media. Firstly, when I was using Pro markers for the first time for this assignment, one of the markers were leaking and when I went to use it on my illustration, the colour spread very fast onto places I didn’t want it to be. This resulted in the illustration not being used. On the same illustration, the skin tone was also too dark which I was not satisfied about. In the future, I could improve by testing the Pro markers on blank page first before using it on my final piece of work.

Another difficulty I had during this assignment was the use of water colours in my illustrations. For the very first illustration, I was using water colours and I had added too much water to the paint brush. This pierced a hole through my page as the it became too damp. In the future, I could improve by ensuring the paint brush is not too damp and use a paper towel to dry the paint brush as I go along.

Design Challenges

I found combining the illustrator styles relatively difficult as my 3 chosen illustrators demonstrate very different techniques. I had to experiment with different media, backgrounds, poses etc to be able to complete my final illustration. I felt the breakdowns of each illustrator did help me in combining their styles as I was able to take certain elements from each illustrator to produce my own.

Final Illustration



I wanted to create my final illustration based on an even combination of all three illustrators I had researched. I picked this illustration as my final piece because I believe it represents all three illustrators techniques as I included elements of each. The silhouette and hair was based on Sabine Pieper. However, I added colour to the hair using Victora’s Jenkin’s technique which is a pencil and black pen as the outline and Pro markers to create light and shadow.

I started off drawing the shape I desired. I wanted to incorporate Sabine’s silhouette and Victoria’s ‘animated’ like models. I elongated the body to create a more dramatic effect on the dress as this would be found in Sabine’s illustrations. Once I was satisfied with the body proportions, I moved onto adding colour to my drawing. I wanted to incorporate Victoria’s use of shadowing and lighting on her models so I used pro markers on the hair and body to represent this. I really enjoy using this media as I think the overall effect in the end is very polished and 3 dimensional.

I wanted to incorporate Cedric Rivrain’s piercing and full of life eyes so I spent longer time on sketching the eyes. I placed one of Cedric’s illustration beside me when doing this so I could try and replicate his eyes.

To add colour to the dress, I scanned the image into Photoshop and filled a pattern in it. I defined my own pattern using Photoshop to recreate the abstract fabrics you would find in Sabine’s illustrations. I also used Photoshop to clean and edit the image to create a more polished look. I wanted to incorporate the paint strokes you would find in Sabine’s illustrations so I used the brush tool to create this. I experimented with various brush modes to create the desired effect. Lastly, I changed the background colour to a light, peach colour similar to Sabine’s work.

I am extremely pleased with the final outcome of my illustration. I felt after researching 3 different illustrators, I have learnt different techniques and I am able to create my own illustrations with this knowledge.

Breakdown of Victoria’s Style

I decided to break down Victoria Jenkin’s illustration style in order to understand her technique. I used the image below:



Step One:


For step one, I drew the outline of the illustration using pencil. This technique is used by Victoria and it ensures all the key features and details can be identified. I chose this illustration because the dress was very detailed and I wanted to challenge myself. The shadow and light created in this drawing was also very effective so I wanted to replicate this using Victoria’s techniques.

Step Two:


The second step I carried out was going over the outline in black pen. In my opinion, I think this method cleans the drawing up and more it more ‘animated’. I ensured I outlined the pleats in the dress as this makes the dress more 3 dimensional.

Step Three:


I then added colour use pro markers. At this stage, I had become more confident using pro markers so I did not find this process difficult. However, when adding colour to the hair, the brown marker seemed to spread over the page more than expected. To add light to the hair, I then used white acrylic paint to highlight where the light would hit the top of the models head.

Step Four:


The final step I carried out was scanning the image into Photoshop and editing it. I cleaned the drawing to give it a more clean and polished finish. I then placed the Moschino logo over the face to replicate Victoria’s drawing. I think this worked very well as the final outcome looks similar to Victoria’s illustration. I think Victoria’s illustration techniques are easy to do and once you break down the process step-by-step, you can achieve a similar illustration.

The Breakdown of Sabine’s Style

I decided to do a breakdown of Sabine’s illustration style based on the image below:



Step One:


To understand Sabine’s illustration technique. I broke down the process and started off drawing the outline in pencil and going over it in fine black pen. This would allow me to add colour/patterns on Photoshop easier as the black pen makes the line more opaque to use the magic wand tool to select specific areas.

Step Two:


The next step I carried out was adding Promarkers to the hair and skin along with pencil. Sabine used black and white for her skin in her illustration so I think the technique she used would be the combination of both medias. To create light on the body, I erased shading out to create a highlighted effect. The Promarkers used to create the hair was also very effective as the colour was dark but light was also created. I also darkened the black lines as I felt the original black line was slightly messy and I was worried if I scanned this into Photoshop, I may encounter problems when filling in the dress with colour or patterns.

Step Three:


Step three, I defined my own pattern and filled the dress using this pattern with the help of the paint tool. I wanted to recreate the dress illustrated by Sabine and ensure the abstract pattern was in my drawing. I was very pleased with this as I am not very experienced in Photoshop and I felt like it was looking more like Sabine’s work as the process continued.

Step Four:


Sabine’s illustration had a paint stroke threw her model. In order to achieve this I experimented with various tool brushes until it created a similar effect to Sabines. I then painted this across the model.

Step Five:


Lastly, I wanted to add a background colour as this can be found in most of Sabine’s work. I chose a light, peach colour and filled this in the background.

I am delighted with the final outcome as I am not overly experienced in Photoshop and I would find it relatively difficult. I think a mixture of hand-drawn designs with Photoshop replicates Sabine’s work well. If I was to change anything, I would try adding skin tone on Photoshop however, I am very pleased overall.

Experimenting with Highlighting and Shading

I wanted to experiment with highlighting and shading techniques as this is found in Cedric Rivrain’s illustrations. I chose the image below to replicate:



Step One:


The first step I carried out was drawing the outline in pencil. I did this lightly to start off with as I felt like Cedric would do the same. Further down the process, he then would darken some lines to create a more sketchy effect.

Step Two:


The next step I carried out was darkening my pencil lines. This is a similar method to going over pencil lines with black pen like I would use in some other illustrations but in Cedric’s case, he uses pencil to create more definition.

Step Three:


The next step I carried out was adding colour to my drawing. I wanted to achieve as good of a match of the yellow colour to Cedric’s original image therefore, I decided to start off with a yellow highlighter. I used it because it was vibrant and a different media to experiment with as I have never used it before. I used the highlighter as if it was a Promarker and layering colours on top of each other to create shadow.

Step Four:



The final step I carried out was layering soft pastels on top of the highlighter. This created this sketchy effect and also made the colour become more vibrant. I then darkened some pencil lines to more definition to the face and the garment she was wearing.

I am pleased with the final outcome of my drawing. The use of highlighter was a new and fun method which I have never used before. If I was to change this drawing, I would edit it in photoshop to clean the drawing as the soft pastels used spreaded across the page.


Combination of Promarkers and Photoshop

Victoria Jenkins illustrations are created using pencil and black pen for the outline, promarkers to add colour, white acrylic/gouache to emphasise light and photoshop to clean and polish the drawing. I wanted to get a better understanding of her technique therefore I broke down the process and documented each step I took. I chose the image below as I think the light created in the hair is very effective and long, glossy hair is one of Victoria’s signature features.



Step One:


The first step I carried out was drawing the outline in pencil. This is a technique Victoria Jenkin’s uses therefore I wanted to replicate this. This will make it easier for me to add colour to the illustration as I can then distinguish different areas of the drawing.

Step Two:


The next step I carried out was going over the outline with a thin, black pen. This defined the drawing more and made the lines more visible. I then erased out any pencil lines to create a more clean and polished finish.

Step Three:


The next step I carried out was adding colour with Promarkers. I started off with the skin tone and layered colours on top of each other to create shadow. I then moved onto the hair and ensures I left white spaces where needed to create light.

Step Four:


The next step I carried out was adding white acrylic to the drawing to emphasis light. I added this onto the hair, cheekbones, lips, eyes and hands. This was my first time using this method and I think it is very simple, yet effective.

Step Five:


The final step I carried out was scanning the image in and editing it in Photoshop. I used this software to clean and polish my drawing which is also the final technique Victoria uses in her illustrations.

Overall, I am very pleased with end result, if I could change anything different to the illustration, it would be to add more highlight to the drawing.

Experimenting with Mixed Media



I was drawn to the above illustration by Sabine Pieper as it had some fascinating colours in it. Sabine’s use of colours are one of the main things which attract me to her drawings. The colours she uses are always striking and vibrant which makes her drawings very exciting to look at. I wanted to recreate this using a mixture of media and I started breaking the process down.

Step One:


The first step I carried out was drawing the outline with pencil. Sabine’s drawings are very sketchy which I tried to recreate, making sure the pencil lines were not too neat. I also tried to replicate Sabine’s technique of not outlining everything in my illustration. This is something I have never done before so I was excited to see how I would find adding colour to the drawing with no outline as a guide. I also added the skin tone which in this case- was just using pencil. This is one of my favourite methods as I like to smudge pencil lines to create shadow and light.

Step Two:



The next step I carried out was adding colour using water colours. I found this step pretty difficult as the image I had chosen had no real structure as to where the colours were placed. This also took me longer than expected as the dress had so much detail and so many different colours were used.

Step Three:


After using the watercolors, I felt the colours were not opaque enough therefore I layered some acrylics over the water colours. This made the colours more effective as it created a contrast between some darker colours in the dress with the use of acrylics and lighter colours using watercolours.

Step Four:


The final step I carried out was going over some of the outline with black pen and adding Pro markers. The black outline really finished the drawing in my opinion and made the colours stand out. I ensured the black outline was not overly neat as this technique can be seen in Sabine’s illustrations. I added black pro markers to any black parts in the dress to make it more opaque.

Overall, I am very happy with the outcome of the illustration. It was interesting to see how the different media would work together and in my opinion, I think the illustration is very effective. The choice of layering acrylics over water colours created the effect I desired which was more vibrant colours and the black, sketchy outline completed the drawing perfectly. In the future, I think I would like to experiment with this illustration on Photoshop to create a different effect.

Experimenting with Pro Markers

I wanted to experiment with Pro markers as this is one of Victoria Jenkin’s vital tools to create her signature illustrations. In order to do this, I broke down the process and taken it step by step, showing the process of how Victoria completes her illustrations. Below is the image I am going to recreate:




Step one:


The first step I carried out was drawing the outline in pencil. This ensures the drawing was in proportion before I added any pen or colour. I wanted to create the exaggerated body that Victoria created, with the dress being long, this created an illusion of longer legs. I ensured the model has a small waist in comparison to the rest of the body as this is one of Victoria’s illustration’s main characteristics. I ensured the detail of the dress was also outlined in pencil as I wanted to challenge myself after by using pantone markers on this dress to creating shadow and light.

Step Two:


The next step I carried out was going over my drawing in fine, black pen. This created a more animated and clean finish especially after I erased out the pencil lines. I believe this is a method Victoria uses before she adds any colour to her illustrations. I think this method is very effective as finishes the drawing very well and it means when I add colour, I can clearly distinguish different areas to apply the correct colours in comparison to a light pencil outline.

Step Three:


The final step I carried out was adding colour using Pro markers. I haven’t used Pro markers in a couple of years so it took me time to get used to it. I started off with the skin tone and tested various skin tone colours on a blank page to achieve the best match with Victoria’s illustration. I ensured I left white spaces to create light on the model and to create shadow, I would layer colours of marker on top of each other so the colour appeared darker. I then moved onto the dress which in my opinion was the most difficult area to add colour to. This is because in the original image the dress was very detailed and had a lot of light and shadow to create that 3D effect. I used the same method to add colour to the dress as I did for the skin tone, leaving areas white to create light and layering layers of colour to create shadow. Lastly, I added colour to the hair which I found relatively easy as I got used to the markers more by this stage.

Overall, I am very pleased with the outcome of this illustration. The pantone markers work very effectively in order to replicate Victoria’s illustrations. One thing I would change is I could complete the illustration by cleaning the drawing using Photoshop as I think this is a technique Victoria uses.