Florencia Mir

Hi! I'm a self-taught illustrator from Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Posted on 25, June 2014 June 25 2014 2014年6月25日 by florenciamir

Hair Tutorial

Hello! I decided to make a hair tutorial to show the technique I’m using for my fashion drawings. I was stunned when I noticed how much you like them, because the process is actually pretty simple (or I hope you find it simple after this tutorial ;)):

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Materials: I use a graphite pencil to sketch, a kneaded eraser (will appear later on photo), a sheet of paper with a nice texture and two colored pencils. For my latest drawing, I used Faber Castell Polychromos: “Cobalt Blue-Greenish” for lights and “Helioblue-Reddish” for shadows (any brand will do, though).

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Choose a reference photo that you like or find inspiring. The highest the resolution, the more you’ll be able to pay attention to detail.

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Take the light blue pencil and start drawing—ignore the finished side, please. Look at your reference, notice the different directions of the strands and how they are weaved together. You can also make this step with a graphite pencil, and once you are happy with your outline, erase lightly and trace with colored pencil.

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Fill in the darker areas (still with the light color) in linear motion—from the beginning and along the length of each strand. As I wanted some parts to be completely white, I stopped at the middle and began from the “bottom” to complete the strand. Apply more pressure when you start and release when approaching to lighter areas to achieve gradients.

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Now the first layer is done! 

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Take the dark blue color and start adding shadows, study your reference photo and see their distribution. Apply the method described above: more pressure on darker areas and release when close to lighter ones.

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Keep coloring, applying the lighter color first and then the darker one.

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When you’re almost finished, add some highlights with a kneaded eraser…

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…and don’t forget the details!

I hope you find this useful :) If you have any questions, feel free to ask! Tumblr // Twitter.

Posted on 14, April 2014 April 14 2014 2014年4月14日 by florenciamir
WIP (detail) - first drawing using ballpoint pen. Working on an illustration of one of the Italo Calvino’s “Invisible Cities”, I’m planning to use gouache as well. Will keep updating more wips of this one

WIP (detail) - first drawing using ballpoint pen. Working on an illustration of one of the Italo Calvino’s “Invisible Cities”, I’m planning to use gouache as well. Will keep updating more wips of this one

Posted on 25, March 2014 March 25 2014 2014年3月25日 by florenciamir

Sharing with you a preview of a poetry book I recently illustrated.

I’m very lucky to have worked with Isabella—the writer, she’s such a talented and kind-hearted girl. Her book consists of 16 poems, here you can see one of them and its concept illustration done by me.

If you love masterfully written poetry, then you should definitely read Isabella’s beautiful writings. Here you can learn more: http://www.nothingrhymeswithsilver.com/