Black and White Gown with Layered Ruffles

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Yeah… I’ve been spending a little too much time looking at Japanese “color dresses” (カラードレス), dresses that a Japanese bride might wear for part of the reception. Still, this was just playing around with drawing ruffles, for the most part. I wouldn’t class this as my attempt to draw a color dress, because it’s just too darn sober and restrained. Don’t believe me? Let’s do a google image search for カラードレス… In any case, I had this conversation with my husband after finishing it:

“I dunno if I like it. It looks like one of those princess skirt cakes.”

“They’re gonna eat it up. You’re just pandering directly to your core audience with this. I think it’s completely craven. You know? … You’re not quoting me are you?”

Forgive my craven nature, paperdoll fans… Anyways, I think this would look nice colored, maybe all in shades of some nice warm color, but I started it too late to give it a shot. Hope someone else does, though! Or maybe I will soon, or maybe I’ll do another contest. I still have to color the masquerade dress from the last contest, though.

And would you look at that… I made it through a whole week. I’m posting this one a little late, admittedly, but it’s 10:45, and that’s well before midnight. Having Sunday as my day to sketch and think about the next week worked pretty well, so I’m going to keep doing that. See you on Mermaid Monday!

11 thoughts on “Black and White Gown with Layered Ruffles

  1. These dresses are amazing- looks like a cross between a mashed box of chocolates and what Henry leaves a pile of in the yard.

  2. Brian points out, “The thing I like about that comment is that Henry is such an unusual dog name that if a person were to read that comment without knowing…”

  3. I clicked on the dress to get a closer look, and I noticed that it had a tiny bit of a bluish tint to it. Do all your black and white dresses have that?

  4. Oh good Lord, I think Chris would murder me in my sleep if I even suggested one of those dresses for my wedding dress. So many ruffles. But I love your dress. Makes me think of some of the prom dresses I’ve seen. I have to come up with a way to keep printing things off now that I’m back home so I can color this.

  5. Thanks everyone :D

    Celestina, I see it in pink, myself, lighter bodice, peplum and underskirt, then darker (but not very dark) warm shades of pink on the ruffles and sash.

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