Miss Led, otherwise known as Joanna Henly, is an illustrator known for her detailed fashion drawings that cover a wide range of media. Based in East London, her list of clients includes Selfridges and Ted Baker, and she has had work exhibited in the 'Best of British Illustration' exhibition at Saatchi Gallery.
A champion of mixed media artwork, and to celebrate the intermixability of Liquitex, Miss Led has put together a tutorial to demonstrate how you can combine different Liquitex materials.
Or, if you want to practise your own fashion illustrations in your own time, learn more about Liquitex acrylic paint or find out more about the techniques Miss Led uses, then read on...
After drawing the chosen image with graphite pencil I looked at how I could extend the figure lines to build up a composition. As I wanted to create a seasonal fashion and beauty illustration, organic shapes gave an organic contrast to the dominant straight lines in the image. See below for the final image, and the steps that helped me get there.
WHAT YOU WILL NEED:
Liquitex Acrylic Spray paint
Liquitex Soft Body Acrylic Paint
Liquitex Acrylic Paint Marker
Conte A Paris Aquarelle Coloured Pencils
Liquitex Professional Acrylic Ink
Winsor & Newton Watercolour Paper
Waxed stencil card
Dipping Ink pen
Make sure that you have extra paper for making marks and playing with colours. Using the same paper as your design is important; you want to understand how each material works with your chosen paper, and what happens when you add water and other materials to the mix.
The strength of your final piece depends on your knowledge and understanding of your materials. So the more time you spend exploring your paints the better.
LIQUITEX ACRYLIC SPRAY PAINT
The spray is great, especially as it’s an aerosol you can use indoors as it’s nontoxic. Very handy. I really like using it loose. Spraying it lightly to add another soft texture and colour layer.
Remember to cover over the areas you don’t want painted here. Again experiment on other paper first to avoid mistakes.
Also you can use it with stencils. I created really simple shapes for this piece. tape or hold the stencil card in place whilst and a little after spraying so that you don’t smudge your tight stencil work.
LIQUITEX SOFT BODY ACRYLIC PAINT
These paints flow really nicely with a brush and also have a lovely finish. For this piece I used the acrylic soft body dry and also with water to gain very different effects. Using it dry, I use a flat headed small brush to create an opaque drag and fade effect.
To use wet, put a small amount into a palette and add water to create a more transparent vibrant watercolour wash. You can always add more water and drag the colour.
Add more thin layers to build up this style of coverage, rather than going in too thickly to start with.
LIQUITEX ACRYLIC PAINT MARKERS
I used a 24mm nib pen for this piece. With the italic nib pens you can create an endless amount of marks. Explore on your practise paper all the different marks, lines and drags you can produce.
The Acrylic Paint Markers are perfect for blocking in flat colour and creating bold icons and shapes.
CONTE A PARIS AQUARELLE COLOURED PENCILS
For this piece I used Conte A Paris Aquarelle Coloured Pencils so that, similarly to the other materials, I can implement them in more than one way. You can apply them as pencils but also add water and mix in with the other paints and inks, which is a real added bonus and also adds another layer to the final piece.
LIQUITEX PROFESSIONAL ACRYLIC INK
I like to use Liquitex Professional Acrylic Ink in two ways: with a brush and with a dipping pen. These are very strong in pigment which is great, because you use a little at a time meaning they last for a long while.
When using with a brush, use the dropper to pop a small amount of ink onto your palette. Again, make sure you use your practise sheet for experimenting with this.
When using with a dipping brush you can create amazingly strong and defining lines. I tend to use these at the end to finish the illustration.
Shop all Liquitex art materials and explore their intermixability for yourself. Experiment with inks, soft body paint and spray paint to achieve the different effects that Miss Led uses.
Visit Miss Led's website here to discover more of her fashion illustration.
Check out our Workshops page to book your place for the Miss Led Liquitex workshops in September at Cass Art Kingston and our Islington Flagship.