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Saturday, January 17, 2015

Odd Characters, Up Late at the Art Gallery, by Elaine (jaguarish)

I'm so thrilled this theme is taking off!  I look forward to sketching some characters on public transport for this, which is what I was thinking about when I suggested this theme.  Meanwhile, here are some sketches I did from "Up Late" night at the Queensland Gallery of Modern Art.  The current exhibition is "Future Beauty" featuring modern looking fashions by famous Japanese designers (I'll include some of my sketches of the fashions as well, at the end).  Inspired by kawaii Japanese pop hairstyles, Future Beauty Up Late attendees could have their hair made over by these two stylists from Lyla Clare at Queensland Art Gallery / Gallery of Modern Art. Most people opted to have a French roll which involved lots of hair teasing and some glitter gel to finish.  I loved watching the stylists working intently and rapidly, and the people getting styled looking so surprised and amused by the results.

Jessalee and Mia (the stylists) were so pleased to be drawn that they gifted me their bottle of champagne (they said they were riding home and wouldn't be able to drink it).

These were drawn with a blue-black Uni-ball Insight -- waterproof and glides so smoothly!

Below are the fashion sketches -- all displayed on bald, navy-skinned mannequins, which was a bit disconcerting.  I drew with the Uni-ball Insight again, or with Inktense pencils.


  1. Lovely job on the hair and fashions!!!

  2. What an experience! I love drawing characters/ people, so am appreciative of your theme choice! Fun capture of the fast moving hairstylists! Is that one fashion pregnant! Carrying weirdly!!? Fun fashions!

  3. Great sketches, you really captured the expressions!

  4. Thanks Joan, Lynn and Ann. I do love drawing people but it sure is a challenge as they move so much, especially the interesting ones! Re the weirdly pregnant looking fashion, it's more like a fabric lump over the hip (left mannequin) and a fabric hump (right mannequin). You can see photos of the real thing here:


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