Bold and Decorative Paintings and Fashion Illustrations by Bijou Karman

In gouache and digital paintings, Bijou Karman surrounds her figures in intense pairings of pattern and detail, and grand blocks of colour.

There’s a strength in the expressions of the ladies staring out of Bijou’s illustrations that balances perfectly with the contrasting of delicately brushed lines and elaborate forms.

She talks to us about the techniques she uses to move her initial sketches onto paper, and how they can vary when working on her fashion illustrations.

“I’m an Illustrator; I work with clients on editorial projects and I make paintings. I paint with acrylic gouache on paper and use Procreate for the iPad Pro to create my illustrations.”

“My process begins with gathering reference imagery for the assignment or painting, creating digital sketches, and then moving on to the final image either digitally, painted by hand, or a mix of both using Photoshop.”

“The goal of my client work is to satisfy the assignment while also creating an image I’m excited about.”

“For my personal practice, the goal is only to please myself and make imagery that comes naturally to me. This can also take the form of zines, screen printing, ceramics, or products I create and sell in my online store shop-bijou.com.”

© Bijou Karman, 2018

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