The trends in Illustration 2018 go through pencil portraits, watercolor portraits, personalized portraits, portraits of famous people or actors and actresses. In short, illustrated portraits are fashionable.
The genre of the portrait is present throughout the History of Art. From Leonardo Da Vinci, Picasso, Andy Warhol, or Frida Kahlo, the portrait has always been closely linked to the commission. Many artists have expressed themselves in this way feeling attracted to people who have gone through their lives.
According to Lucian Freund: «Sending a portrait was one of those symbolic acts by which individuals of the ascending social class manifested their rise, both to themselves and to others, and were among those who enjoyed consideration. Social».
At present, countless artists use the portrait in their works. Mercedes deBellard, Key Meguro, Paula Bonet, Carla Fuentes and Agnes Cecile stand out in the national and international art scene and a large part of her work focuses on illustrated portraits. Characters of television series, familiar faces from the world of fashion, abstract portraits or delicate feminine faces come together in each of the studios of these artists. Watercolor, acrylic paint, intaglio inks or digital illustration are some of the materials or media they use.
Currently, my work also focuses on illustrated portraits of women. Unknown women or custom portraits on request are part of one of my latest works. In them I combine the graphite pencil, the colored pencils, the watercolor and the collage technique. With it I get subtle and delicate faces full of texture. Sometimes I also use digital retouching to enhance some color or to highlight some detail of my work. If you want to see my work in more detail, visit my portfolio.