I’ve had this rose hand cream tube sitting on my shelf for a long time. I recently decided it was ripe time for me to create a floral packaging illustration inspired by this beautiful bottle.
One of the biggest triumphs of my career as an artist and illustrator boils down to conquering watercolour. This medium is so hard to master; it almost has a mind of its own. But “practice makes perfect.”
Watercolour as a medium used to intimidate me. More forgiving mediums like gouache are so easy to master, and for some odd reason, instead of creating more gouache pieces, I decided to take the harder and more challenging route. I guess that’s how I’ve liked to do things ever since a kid.
This floral packaging illustration looks a bit different in real life. I scanned the artwork and did some cleaning and brightening up on my computer. The background is digitally applied, as well as the background colour behind the flowers and the hand-lettering. But everything else is ink and watercolour.
For the line work, I use permanent-ink fineliners by various brands. I believe this one is a Rotring Tikky pen, a favourite of mine. Interested to learn more about my art tools? Check out my analogue illustration tools, and don’t forget to see my digital illustration tools for some fun contrast.
The paper I used is quite interesting. It’s actually quite plastic-y. But it’s also very white, which makes it noticeably different compared to professional quality watercolour paper, like Arches that has a creamy undertone.
I picked up this paper block from Flying Tiger in Milan a couple of years ago. I love their (affordable) sketchbooks and thought why not try the watercolour block! Surprisingly, and even though the water ends up sitting on the paper allowing none of it to be absorbed, it’s actually delightful working with this paper. You do have to push the watercolour about in a strange way, but this paper gives watercolour a noticeable vivid finish once dried. And it scans well.
Hope to see you soon with another illustration and post!
Floral packaging illustration, beauty and cosmetics artwork, by illustrator and artist Yaansoon | This illustration is part of the Analogue Illustration blog series