TAD: Queen of Hearts

(*TAD= The Art Diaries)

Quite pleased that lately I’ve managed to really make a dent into looks I’ve had listed down to do for ages, I’ve been planning on doing a queen of heart makeup look for well over a year now, and I’ve had this prop sketch in my work book for about 5 months.

The sad thing is I must have spent about 20 minutes searching for my original sketch, I have about 4 different sketchbook (each one on a different topic, for example You Tube looks/prop design then the others are each for seperate personal projects) but like a genius I haven’t marked any of them and they’re all the same sized black notebook.

“It’s just so much more relaxing to photograph it through the various stages and blog about it instead”

I was thinking of filming the whole process but to be honest I really hate filming anything that isn’t going to be a tutorial, when I work I don’t like having the stress of thinking about camera angles, lighting and wether or not my work is in focus.

First thing I did is traced the features of the original sketch that I liked onto water colour card before cutting out the card shape and changing the fatures I didn’t like. I left out drawing what the hands were going to look like till they were the last things I had to paint just because I really didn’t like the original way I had drawn them and didn’t have a clear image in my head till that point.

What I used:

I started off with the water colour pencils, coloured in the corners of the card in the colours I wanted before blending it out with a wet paint brush.

I ended up hardly using the colouring pencils (except for that egg blue you can see on the right side of the card) I absolutely love working with watercolours and it’s been a while since I’ve had a chance to use them so I went a bit mental with them.

Annoyingly though I only noticed that I drew the Red Queen’s hand the wrong way around once I’d finished painting her hand.

One of my favorite ways to work is to clip my water colour paints at the end of my clip board and just curl up in a chair with a film on in the corner. I can’t work in silence, it’s one of those things that drive me mad! I have to had either music playing in the background (if some of you remember my old makeup videos that’s why I always wore headphones) or a film I’ve already watched on.

Overall I was really pleased with the red queen (the dagger one) but really unhappy with the white queen. I think I re-painted her face about 3 times before I finally got it looking roughly how I wanted it to look.

 The funny thing though is that in the original sketch it was the other way around. No problem drawing the white queen but the red queen gave me no end of hassle.

Should be using this either in the pictures of my Queen of Hearts look or the intro, or both :)


  1. Sanne S says

    I love it, I don’t see why the hand is the other way around? Seems good to me. Great work, Klaire, as always.

    • Klaire says

      The thumb should be the first finger you see and not the last one. I pretty much drew her right hand on her left *fail* :/

  2. Dannie says

    I think it looks like we’re looking at the red queen from behind, and the other hand is ambiguous to orientation. Other than that it looks awesome.

    • Klaire says

      I always sketch on paper, I like to ‘clean things up’ digitally but I need to do the original work on paper or I can’t see it properly in my head :)

  3. Anja says

    It’s the same for me. If I’m drawing, painting or doing anything really I have to have music, or a film on. Beautiful card, how long have you been drawing? You’re amazing!

  4. tanabelle says

    haha, just out of curiosity, what film were you watching in the background? I kinda wanted to see what sort of atmosphere you have when you are in an artistic mood.

    • Klaire says

      I tend to watch things like Alice in Wonderland (Tim Burton version) Lord of the Rings, that kind of thing :)

  5. Alida says

    This is awesome! Thank you for taking the time to post about it:) I usually have a movie on when I’m making most anything- usually Sherlock or Lord of the Rings(who’s your favorite character?), but I can’t do that when I draw.