a boxing day tutorial…….

Happy Boxing Day! Today’s tutorial is inspired by a design by Dame Vivienne Westwood and the British tradition known as Boxing Day, when servants and tradespeople would receive gifts known as a “Christmas box” from their bosses or employers…


Known for bringing modern punk and new wave fashion into the mainstream, Vivienne Westwood’s flair for the theatrical always gets my attention…….When I came across this photo I was instantly transported to another place and time…in this case 1950’s London….to a hard working young woman who finally got a Boxing Day bonus and a day off so naturally she bought a pretty dress and an awesome headpiece!

Here’s how she came to life:

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First, gather your materials:

– A wet and dry palette of assorted watercolors
– A porcelain plate and small bowl of fresh water
– Paintbrushes and watercolor pencils
– A #2 lead pencil
– Watercolor paper
– An inspirational photograph

Optional supplies:

– A light box or a sunny window


Begin by outlining major shapes with a flesh colored watercolor pencil (use a lightbox or a sunny window to trace around the image if you are not comfortable drawing freehand), then lay down a light wash of prominent colors…


Layer on deeper hues and shadows……pencil in facial features, flowers and scarf….


Finally, add garment details and outline shapes with your watercolor pencils…..Use the lead pencil to sharpen features like the eyes, hair and accessories….and don’t forget to sign your work!


Is there a designer or artist who takes you to another time and place? Who is it? I’d love to know!


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