Earlier this year, I was invited by Clinique to be part of the four featured artists for the launch of their new makeup collection for Spring 2012.
We were commissioned to make artworks based on the theme “You as a work of art“, while using Clinique products in the creation of our pieces. They gave us stuff like foundation, lipsticks, eyeliners, and eyeshadows.
This is how my sketch started out. Doesn’t really look like much, hahah. I sketch very, very lightly.
Slowly establishing more detail.
Final line art. The face was inspired by Zooey Deschanel. (For some reason I now kind of see Anne Curtis too.)
I kept images like this in mind as a peg while I worked on my coloring.
To stay true with the visual identity of Clinique, I incorporated a lot of white space with bursts of vibrant color. Here’s a preview of my artwork in its earlier stages. I established very light colors with watercolor washes, and for certain parts I used the provided makeup to build up the color. I used some foundation on the skin, the tinted lip balm on the lips, and the eyeshadow cream around the eyes and cheeks.
Our artworks were unveiled in an exclusive VIP event held at Whitespace last January 19, 2012. The night was a celebration of Clinique’s new makeup collection that captures women as works of beauty and art. (Article)
The lovely and talented Valerie Chua, part of the four featured artists. I took this photo of her beside her gorgeous painting, “I Rise at the Caress of a Kindred Spirit”. I had a lovely time at the event with her and Miguel.
Val having a look around the gallery.
My painting, “Bloom“.
I was inspired by the way the provided Clinique products were made to enhance a person’s natural features, rather than paint a whole new face. Everything was sheer and natural, so I wanted to keep with the fresh, radiant vibe of the collection. Bloom may seem a bit too straightforward a title, but that’s what feels right to me. It’s a word that inspired my composition on many levels.
It was such a great honor and pleasure to be part of this, and I look forward to more collaborations of this sort. :)