Roxy van Bemmel’s paintings very much rely on her background in fashion. Since graduating as a fashion designer from ArtEZ Arnhem in 2017, she committed herself to her two passions: painting and fashion. Asides from fashion, she also finds inspiration from the street, pictures she sees on Instagram, and her own imagination.
Her process begins with some brainstorming and sketching, after which she turns to acrylic paint and sometimes, Photoshop. “Most of the time I brainstorm in my sketchbook and make small 15sec sketches to figure out the composition and pose,” she shared her artistic process with I Love Illustration. “I start by drawing with colored pencils and sometimes markers for the big gestures and sketch, then I will move onto acrylic paint if it’s needed. I sometimes work digitally as well, but I always start with a drawing on paper which I will then transfer into Photoshop.”
The result is a vibrant mixture of color and loose compositions, making for an undeniably cool effect, and one which has earned her collaborations with magazines as well as other artists. “Freelancing makes me schedule my own time and this is absolutely what makes it worth all the extra work and uncertainties,” says Bemmel. “Being my own boss and deciding for myself what to do that day is incredibly rewarding. All the work I put in is coming back to me at some point, if I get lazy it doesn’t.”
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