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Goosebumps by messalyn Goosebumps by messalyn
2014, April. Watercolour on 32,5x50cm Arches Watercolour hot-pressed paper. Effective illustration dimensions : 29,5x41,5cm.

This picture is about what is possible and what is not when doing illustration. As illustrators we tend to dismiss some aspects of reality and if we want a beautiful model in a beautiful setting, we can do it no matter our choices of said model and setting. But in real life, snow is cold and pinup ladies have a human body to deal with! My idea was to insist particularly on the limit of that fantasy by giving the model appropriate goosebumps. Which in return match the northern landscape, where geese live… (For those interested, lingerie is based off Karolina Laskowska)

On the portfolio (original for sale) || On the blog || On Tumblr || Prints on Etsy
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goddessandmcmanus Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2017   Traditional Artist
aud Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2015
Did you add salt to get the effect on the iceberg? I havent' seen someone paint goose bumps. I think it goes will mirrored with all the other textures you captured.
messalyn Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2015   Traditional Artist
No, but I painted the lighter parts with drawing gum before washing it in paint. It repelled the paint a bit on the uncovered parts which gave them a former blurry texture. I think it was later use of (old) blue ink that granulated on the iceberg. As for the goosebumps I tried salt, beads, but drawing gum was once more what did the trick (actually, there's still one dot left on my scan!)
aud Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2015
Thanks for the tip. I'm intriqued by the drawing gum. I've tried masking fluid. I wonder if it's totally different.
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