Author Archives: Elena Fay

About Elena Fay

Fashion illustrator, visual artist and creative director who loves helping other artists

Sweet Family Portrait

Every time I get a chance to work on a sweet family portrait like this one, I get really excited! Knowing that this custom watercolor artwork will be hanging in this sweet girl’s room and will be cherished for many years, makes me really happy.custom watercolor portrait by Elena Fayfashion illustration of mom and a babycustom fashion portrait watercolor family portrait

custom artwork by Elena Fay

Here are the art supplies that I used:

Paper: I used Fluid Hot Press Watercolor Paper, 300g, the paper is very smooth and perfect for custom projects. You can find it here .  Here is a similar one

Watercolors: Mijello Mission Gold Watercolors, I bought it here

I hope your week is as beautiful as this project turned out to be!

Thank you so much to all of you who supports my work by purchasing something in my Etsy shop, it really means a lot!!

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All I Need Today is Coffee and Bikini

It’s Monday morning, hot hot hot Monday morning and all I can think of is coffee and bikini:)

It’s been forever since I’ve done a Monday Coffee post and I’m excited to get back to playing with coffee in my sketchbook!!

all i need is coffee and bikini print

But first I wanted to ask you something… These past few years I loved sharing my projects and behind the scene photos here on my blog and Instagram. But I keep asking myself if people still read blogs? Do you guys read blogs and if the answer is NO, what is your favorite platform??? Feels like with all the social media explosion we get overwhelmed with so much information and blogs are not as popular as before. I’m not saying good buy to my blog, because I really love this little creative corner- the idea of creating new posts always pushes me to experiment and share my little steps with you guys, so I’m going to continue adding new fun content here and I also plan something new!

Last month I published my first Skilshare class and I surprisingly loved creating video content so my next step is YouTube, so we’ll see how it goes. Wish me luck:)

This fun coffee print is now available in my Etsy shop
All I need is coffee illustrationfun coffee print for coffee loversI recently found this ink brush pen and I’m in love!!!!! You can make from really thin lines to thick strokes-perfect for outlining illustrations and calligraphy.fashion coffee illustrationSKILLSHARE/ PINTERESTINSTAGRAM / ETSY

 

 

How to Create Beautiful Fashion Illustrations

Happy Monday loves! Every day I get lot’s of Instagram DMs with questions about fashion illustration tips and today I have really amazing news that will brighten up your day!

I finally filmed my first Skillshare class after years and years of being too scared to try. I’ve been always terrified of being judged that I’m a self taught artist and don’t have a diploma from a  fancy school or my strong accent will make people laugh. But this year is all about challenging myself. A few weeks ago I was going to do a live Insta video and was sooooo nervous! My hands were shaking, I couldn’t remember what I wanted to say but I pressed the button “GO LIVE” and it was fine….I survived!:)  Nobody threw rotten tomatoes in my screen, some people even told me later that they loved it and asked for more videos:)))  I realized that if I inspire to draw or paint at least one person- it all worth it! And I did it! In my class you will learn the basics of fashion illustration, I’ll show you step by step how to draw a fashion figure, create dynamic and interesting poses and we’ll be learning how to use watercolors along the way.

If you never heard of Skillshare, you should definitely check it out right now!! Skillshare is an online learning community for creators. The classes are video based and you can do them entirely at your own pace.

fashion illustration tutorial, Skillshare classThe class includes short video lessons (total 35 minutes) and a project that challenges my students to paint and share their own fashion illustration. You can post your projects on the community board and receive peer to peer feedback.

fashion illustration, art by Elena Fay, fashion sketch, fashion drawingIf you crave learning new things, whether it’s how to learn social media marketing, how to make money blogging, learn to cook/ draw or design- Skillshare is the perfect place! I can go on and on about this platform because it’s really awesome! And the best part of this post is…..you guys can get two months of Skillshare Premium for free through this link which will give you an access to thousands Skillshare classes including mine (you have to sign up with your credit card but don’t worry- it’s not gonna be charged, and if you are not satisfied, which I doubt, you can unsubscribe any time). Grab your free seat till the offer is gone!

Sign up here and have fun!!!!

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How to Draw Fashion Illustration: Fashion Figure 101

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People often email me or DM on Instagram with questions about how to draw fashion illustration, fashion figures and drawing techniques. Instead of answering same questions over and over again, I will share some tips and tricks here. As soon as you know the basics, everything will be so much easier. Hope you’ll find it fun and helpful! I also posted some videos of creating a fashion figure on Instagram @dcinstyle

There is no THE RIGHT WAY nor THE ONLY WAY to draw a fashion figure. Every artist has his/her own particular style so don’t be intimidated by the variety of tutorials and different techniques. All you need is to learn the basics and choose the technique that works for you.

It’s important to first understand the human body, how it moves, and how it is shaped so you can create realistic looking sketches.

There is a big difference between real human body proportions and fashion illustration proportions. If you measure a figure in heads, an average female figure will be 8 heads tall (example below). In fashion illustration we change the proportions to make the figure look taller and it can become 8-10 heads. Every illustrator adds their own style. Some artists exaggerate proportions to make their sketches stand up and be recognizable. fashion sketching 101, how to draw fashion illustration, fashion illustration techniques, fashion illustration tutorialfashion sketching 101, how to draw fashion illustration, fashion illustration techniques

Here is a simple formula that I use to draw a fashion illustration

Tools:

Paper, Pencil, Sharpener, Eraser, Colored pencils or markers

Step 1

Draw 9 inch vertical line -so it’s easy to divide it into 9 parts – it will be the balance line

Step 2:

Divide the line into 9 equal parts (each part will be the size of the head)

At the beginning you can use a ruler but after some practice you will feel pretty confident and will draw without ithow to draw fashion figureStep 3

At the top (part1) draw a head (egg/oval shape)

Step 4

Now lets find the lines for the neck, bust, waist, hips, crotch, knees and ankles.

1 1/3 heads -the neck and shoulder line

2 1/4 heads -bust line

3 heads – waist and elbow line

4 heads- hips line

4 1/4 -crotch line

6 heads-knees

8 heads -ankles

Step 5

Shoulders will be about 1 1/2 -2 heads wide

The waist is 1 head wide

Hips -1 1/4 heads wide

Draw the figure, don’t pay attention to rough lines, when the proportions are correct, make the lines smooth.

Step 6

Draw the legs and leave the last part for the feet.

The thighs (from hips to knee) and the calves (from knee to ankle) are the same length

Step 7

Draw the arms-elbows are at the waist line (3 heads)

Hand starts at the crotch area and ends a little above the mark 5

fashion sketching 101, how to draw fashion illustration, fashion illustration techniques, fashion tutorialHope this tutorial was helpful, please let me know if you have any questions and what would you like to learn in my next post

Love

Elena

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Nursery Art

A few weeks ago I made these cute little ballerinas for my friends and fell in love with the process: playing with gorgeous tulle, painting on canvas and then wrapping it up in pretty packaging was like going back to my childhood when I loved making dolls and creating fun outfits for them. I’ve started with only 3 tulle options and today I’m excited about new designs which look magical!! You can soon choose from different shades of pink with cute heart shape design and polka dots, gray and peachy colors (find my ballerinas on Etsy)! So excited!!!  Here is a little sneak peek:)

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