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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…

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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

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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…

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

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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!

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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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