What do I do and How I do it? - part 2 / by Nazli Erden

As I have mentioned in Part 1, drawing women is my passion. What inspires me is the boldness and mystery some women have. Maybe that’s why I usually start by drawing the eyes first, because they reflect all the emotions. But before grabbing my pencil, I always browsing photographs in online magazines, and fashion books to get some inspiration.  Sometimes it takes longer than the actual drawing process. 

Finished drawing.

Finished drawing.

After I find ‘the one’, I start mixing and matching with other photographs to find the right composition. Once I feel the composition is complete, I begin to draw. I use pencils, graphite pencils, blending stumps and gel pens to draw my illustrations. Once it's complete I scan the image and enhance it with Photoshop. I think coloring part is my favorite, because as a photographer who had worked in fashion industry, Photoshop means everything to me. Being able to give life to my illustrations digitally is like playing in Disneyland. 

After coloring.

After coloring.

For an emerging artist, like me, the hardest part is to find your own style. I think I am in the middle of that process and I am still trying to reach that moment when i finally can say 'yes! this is it!' But then again trying new styles, new mediums and new subjects is what I want to do for a little while longer. I think I don't want to lose that feeling that a child experiences in Disneyland, wandering around with curiosity and a hunger to have fun.