Painting for Clinique Spring 2012

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.)

official images from Clinique

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. :)

13 Comments to “Painting for Clinique Spring 2012”

  1. Lulu says:

    Ever since I first saw the painting of yours in a post on deviantart, I wanted to see a bigger version of it so badly, and now you even posted about your work process.Very inspiring!
    Somehow, whenever I read about the things you do, and look at your artworks, I want to do the best in whichever area of life with all the possibilities I can get.You are a truly inspiring artist and person, art- and lifewise.
    Excuse my rambling, but Now I felt I just had to get this out. :)

    • Jin says:

      I’ve been very excited to share more about this project and the process of my piece for it. It’s nice to hear from someone who has been looking forward to it! :)

      Oh, you’ve done nothing to pardon yourself for! It’s very sweet that you took the time to tell me all that, and I do sincerely appreciate it. The reason I blog is because I hope to do exactly that — inspire others to be whatever they want to be. And I am always thankful when someone listens and gives themselves that chance. Thank you, Lulu!

  2. sheilla says:

    i just have to say it.. you are truly inspiring..

    such amazing creation, passion and dedication..

    thanks for being such a blessing.

  3. Kitchie says:

    There is somethings in her(your painting) eyes, it’s as if she is alive.. It radiates a strong emotion that draws me to it, even if I am just looking at a computer monitor. Maybe it’s me.
    Oh and yeah, you’re awesome as always.. =)

    • Jin says:

      I’ve been working at rendering more lifelike eyes, so this is very encouraging to hear. :)

      And I’m glad the emotions are getting through! I really wanted to draw something that expresses the emotions of a girl who is perhaps just starting to believe in her own beauty.

  4. Wow! I never thought you could paint with make up! That is amazing :)
    Lovely work on the piece! I love her eyes the most :)

    • Jin says:

      It took a bit of practice to get the hang of it! And I’m still experimenting what base and fixative would preserve it the best. But it was a lot of fun!

      Thank you! A lot of people do seem to be drawn to her eyes. :)

  5. Valerie says:

    Remember I said that I wanted a print of this? Will you be selling? Would love to buy one!!! ;_; It’s so gorgeous!

  6. Akina says:

    I’ve always admired you not only for your cosplays but your artwork…and I have to say this is one of my favorite pieces. I love how you incorporated your personal style into the clinque theme. Gorgeous! I will have to try playing with my makeup like this someday. You are so inspiring! I would LOVE to buy a print someday if you ever decide to sell it (internationally hurhurhur) =D

  7. Elaine Ramos says:

    I love your artwork!Makes me want to draw more :D

  8. Lady says:

    Yey you opened an art blog!!! <3
    I'm following your other blogs too but for some reason *cough*I got old*cough* I'm not as interested with cosplay anymore :( *hides*
    Anyway happy!!!

    Wow I didn't know makeup can be used as an art material!~
    I thought the final image looks like Michelle Phan?! XD

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