Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Central Asian Market Illustration Step-by-Step

This is the illustration of a scene from a Russian novel "Two Lives" by Konkordia Evgenevna Antarova. This painting is in Madhubani style or Madhubani inspired however the theme is not usual in Madhubani paintings.

It is a scene where the main character 17 year old boy  Lyovusha comes from Russia to a rich Central Asian town to meet his brother, who is a military captain. The place is Islamic and he sees many women walking dressed in black burqas. There is also a bazaar (market) that reminds Lyovushka of Bagdad. The traditional dress that men wear are multiple silk gowns and turbans. The boy then stops at the gown shop and asks the seller about the two men passing by (maroon and blue gown, originally dressed in white). The gown seller engages in a long conversation with Lyovushka.

Materials used:
White paper for water colors, size 14x20.5 inch (37x54cm)
Acrylic paint.
Permanent marker.

COPYRIGHT NOTE: you can copy and use it but not sell!


1. Draw a border:

2.  Start drawing the main object:

3. Draw all the other figures and objects:


4. Fill in designs and details on top of the objects:


5. Start coloring. You might wonder which colors to use and which ones to fill in first. My way is first fill in those colors that I'm sure about. Let's say I am sure that eyes, hair and burqa will be black.


6.  The second color - yellow. I know that the street is going to be yellow, so I fill in yellow.


7. The third color is orange. I use orange to color the human face, the dog and some other small objects.


8. The fourth color is crimson red and I use it for those objects that I know are going to be red and if I'm not sure, I leave it for later.


9. The fifth color is blue.


10. The sixth color is olive green for leaves.


11. The seven color is again yellow.


12. At this time I repeat the circuit and keep filling in the same colors again onto the small objects.


13. This is the final version of the painting and it looks pretty much like the one I made on the back of our house's wall due to its white background. Maybe it doesn't look very Madhubani-ish however that's what came out when I tried to use white non handmade paper and acrylic paint.


Feel free to experiment and try to discover your own style of Madhubani painting! 


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