I cleaned up her eye area (before she looked like she was using a crayon for eyeliner) and started on the vest details.
I am actually working on this! It’s been a long time since I sketched it – way back in December.
Again, don’t look for this to be in color soon. I decided to change the character who’s wearing the dress, so I cropped the current woman’s face out.
I don’t have a special thing for the late 1700s, but it’s the time period I’ve drawn the most for Living Fashion. It’s impressive, that’s for sure.
This won’t be colored digitally for a long time, but here’s a preview.
The inspirational piece is a dressing gown from 1916 with dramatic sleeves. (Obviously I felt I needed to match the drama of the sleeves with dramatic lightning.) I saw it on Antique Dress, which has many more close up photos. This dressing gown is in extraordinary condition and the details – especially the gold metallic thread – are striking.