Lily Dress Illustration Tutorial

It has almost been a year since I’ve begun illustrating with flower petals, and I can’t thank everyone enough for your tremendous support. Over time, I’ve received many requests for me to share how I go about creating my art pieces. Today, I’m excited to show you the inspiration and process behind one of my personal favorite petal illustrations! Enjoy!

Lilies have been my all-time favourite flowers to illustrate with.  This time I've chosen to work with oriental lilies.The soft, fabric-like texture of the lily petals make them perfect for my signature flower dresses. I love how each speckled bloom is uniquely different and this allows me to create variations for my pieces. Also, the white shades on the edges of the petals that darken to form a perfect plum colour creates the ideal gradient effect for the dress I'm illustrating.

Photo Credits: Pinterest

I begin with sketching out the silhouette of the figure. During this process, it is important to first envision her pose and consider the type of gestures you want your figurine to have. Having a well-proportioned figure is key in fashion illustration.

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After drawing the silhouette out, it's now time to dress her up! This is the fun part, so don't be afraid to get creative during this step! It's ok to play around and exaggerate certain elements to capture the key essence of your dress. Look for inspiration around you, it could be from a magazine, something you like or even something in your wardrobe! Today, I've decided to create a flowy, cocktail tube dress.

Start by arranging the petals to create your desired look. During this step, it is important to be mindful of the proportions of the dress.

Start by arranging the petals to create your desired look. During this step, it is important to be mindful of the proportions of the dress.

After some trial and error, you will achieve your desired look! Now it's time to pick up your glue and start putting those petals in place. It is important to be gentle with the petals, to prevent bruising them. Voila! And there you have your flower illustration.

After some trial and error, you will achieve your desired look! Now it's time to pick up your glue and start putting those petals in place. It is important to be gentle with the petals, to prevent bruising them. Voila! And there you have your flower illustration.

Throughout the year, I’ve received many enquiries for me to create customised works for your personal events. However, I sincerely apologize for not being able to fulfill everyone’s wishes. But today, I share with you some exciting news! I've recently launched a limited edition phone case featuring the oriental lily illustration I just shared. I really hope you like it.

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If you fancy a new handphone cover, here are some details on how you may order them!

  • Available for purchase at www.custombee.com/graceciao
  • Available for iPhone, Samsung, as well as certain HTC and LG phone models (list available on the website)
  • Worldwide shipping is available from the U.S. or Hong Kong depending on your location
  • All cases will be shipped out from 1st May 2015 onwards

Do take photos of your new handphone cases and please tag me @grace_ciao or #graceciao on Instagram so I may see it! This is my first time making my prints available to all of you, and I really hope you like it! If you would like to see more designs, please feel free to let me know!

I hope this simple tutorial was useful and that you have gained some insights into my daily flower illustrating routine.