Summer is almost gone… I’m back to my desk, ready for new adventures and working on many secret projects. More news are coming, I promise!
Ms. Cristina Alonso can draw exceptionally well and with undeniable beauty and detail and her talent for drawing beautiful women is also exceptional. The grace and detail she uses to create her beautiful work really sets up the whole image as a glamorous luxurious piece of art.
Ms. Alonso’s beautiful line work is matched by her perfect use of colour – hinted at or used to highlight, Ms. Alonso always manages to apply just the right amount at the right shade to complete her stunning work.
(by Thunder Chunky).
Read full article: ‘Stunning Beauties by Ms. Cristina Alonso’.
Inspired by these hot days, I decided to develop a personal project of another illustrated packaging ideal for summer: the perfect Pink Lemonade bottle!
Instead of a traditional label, I chose a shrink sleeve to wrap the whole bottle and play with space and design.
And… here it is, right in the mood of the moment!
I receive a lot of emails and questions on social networks from aspiring illustrators, students and other artists asking me what kind of materials I use.
Although I explained my technique in many interviews, and I show my favorite materials in video and photo process on social networks very often, I think it might be interesting to make here a small recap of what I love using the most right now (I discovered fantastic treasures form other illustrators and learned a lot reading this kind of posts).
Anyway, my technique is nothing special, I don’t use any miraculous material: my work is based on a lifetime drawing. All is about passion, ideas and one million hours working. I can ensure that the material I use most is hard work.
But for the curious ones, here is my HOT NOW listing (although I’m always experimenting):
PAPER: Heavyweight and with very fine grain. I love using the Canson Iris Collection for drawing and CABALLO 109 for watercolor (believe me, this paper can support tons of water without bending). I usually work in A3 size.
PENCIL/GRAPHITE: We can create very cool pieces without investing all our savings in expensive materials. A simple pencil is all I need (and one of the most wonderful inventions in history!). I love the Lyra, Faber Castell and Prismacolor pencils alike. Just be sure that your pencil is very well sharpened and combine different hardness for getting the best results.
I also love to work certain areas with mechanical pencil (the MUJI Wooden Pencil Natural is inexpensive and one of my all time favorites).
MARKERS: I love playing with ink, and Japanese markers have never disappointed me: I ‘m a big fan of Copic Multiliner SP for very thin strokes, Zig Letter Pen CocoIro from Kuretake for brush strokes, and Copic Sketch (their range of colors is to die for!). As the latter ones are expensive, buy ‘Pick your own‘ packs is a good idea (I recommend this ebay seller, who also offers sets of Copic Sketch refills).
OTHERS: Experimenting with different materials is my passion and I ‘m always changing, so it is difficult to choose ‘other’ favorites or brands. I recommend especially the Liquid Watercolors by Vallejo and the colored pencil boxes from Faber Castell.
When the drawing is ready, I scan it (I have a Canon scanner ‘CanoScan LIDE 200‘) and move to the digital part: I clean and color the scan in Photoshop (incorporating other scanned textures).
I show my digital technique in the following video:
But be realistic: these devices don’t solve your life and your drawings won’t be better only for using them. These items are not basic needs: we all have begun to draw with no more than a sheet of paper and a pencil in our rooms. Sophistication comes many years later, when we have a refined technique, and a full-time illustrator job. Furthermore, not everyone has the same needs: the tool for some is a major change, for other is a waste of money.
If you’re just starting don’t go crazy: the key is work, work, and work (and, eventually, these devices will make your work easier when you’ve already done everything for yourself).
I hope this can be helpful! Xx
Say hello to my new collection ‘The Fashion Illustrator‘, perfect for give a fancy new look to your phone! ❤ Live on Nuvango as case and skin (for IPhone, Samsung, IPad, Ipod, Kindle, laptop and much more!).
Get yours at www.nuvango.com/cristinaalonso/the-fashion-illustrator, and feel free to share your pics with the hashtag #cristinaalonso. Thanks! Xx
The 100 Grados Team asked me to do the cover of their #12 issue (July 2015), under the theme “Ojos que no ven, corazón que no siente” (‘Out of Sight, Out of Heart’). In addition to that honor, they also asked me to do a video interview (only in Spanish version). Thanks a lot for this chance, guys, a real pleasure!
In the following video you can see a “deconstruction’ of the cover, where I show my digital technique with layers over the analog drawing. Hope this can be helpful! In addition to this, in collaboration with 100Grados, we’ve launched a new giveaway! You can win one of my prints if you share this #12 issue on different social networks. See how here and enjoy! XX
Taking inspiration from films and travels, here is my leopard in Paris, one of my favorite pieces so far:
You know my love for La Ville-Lumière (I traveled to Paris when I was little, and since then I have being obsessed with all things French). Who could resist a delicious cappuccino in the Boulevard Saint Germain?
And cinema, oh, cinema is always a great source of inspiration: leopards must be wild and free, of course, but when I saw Bringing Up Baby, I thought that a leopard pet could be a great idea for a new piece, with a beautiful contrast between urban and wild.
What do you think? XX
Time flies and SUMMER SALES are here again! Get for a limited time only a 20% OFF in everything in my shop. Enter code 20SUMMER at checkout an enjoy!
To enter, just follow the rules in this Facebook post.
The giveaway ends next July 16th!!
Linking my love for drawing and fashion, here is my brand new avatar for all my social networks. With a Dior inspired red satin skirt and my beloved Lyra pencils (I enjoy Faber-Castell and Prismacolor as well). And yes… my soft spot for red, black & white palettes strikes again!
I’m also working hard these days: I will launch a new website soon (I’m thinking about a Pinterest style gallery fully responsive), my first Newsletter, more items in the Shop and maybe a new giveaway. Stay tuned! X