You may remember that I posted about a wonderful girl called Chloe Dorfman who actually did an Artist Study about me for her GCSE in a post called "Appreciation Society".
Anyway, my flatmate Adam who told her about me, asked me to do a little sketch for her for Christmas. I was more than willing to do so!
I decided on this Chloe Dress, from Spring 2011, fitting for Chloe herself.
This is one of the most simple drawings I have undertaken, no embroidery or embellishment, however I really like the purity and simplicity of the designing and sketch. I really tied to capture the movement of the fabric and still got to use all my favourite materials.
Chloe recently got the illustration and she loves it which is really amazing to hear! I truly cant get over the gratitude I have for people who like my work.
Happy christmas Chloe. Thankyou for your support.
(All Illustration copyright DO NOT REBLOG. Runway Image from Style.com)
Following my Chanel obsession, I skipped a whole year in fashion to the recently presented Spring 2012 show. Underwater themes were splashed (Excuse the Pun) around throughout all the major Cities, but the culmination of the watery world came in to full force at the Chanel Show. Karl turned the Grand Palais into a mini aquarium, complete with Shells, Seaweed and Coral. It was pretty spectacular.
Here are the three dresses, all inspired by different elements of the sea, from the show. Below are the original runway images.
The first dress is a multi-layered cream chiffon knee-length party dress. The dress, like many in the collection, looks like it was created by gathering and fraying hundreds on layers of material.
This dress has a beautiful shape, I really like the extended sleeves and A-symetric shoulder/hip. I just used basic water colour, tippex and fine-liner for this drawing, and added a little Ink Chanel bag to finish it off.
The second dress is truly beautiful. A mixture of sea-foam lace and feathers, accented with a gold pearl dropped waist belt. The hemline is circular, higher at the front and deeper at the back, with a feather inlay and shoulders. The bodice is nude embroidered with pearls and lace.
I used some inks for this dress, but didn’t manage to get the exact colour correct. I also layered felt tip over the tippex. Blue and Black fine-liner create some outline.
The last dress is the longest of the three. A beautiful layered black dress with a really interesting, 30’s inspired waist line. With multiple strands of pearls and jewels attached from the bodice, the skirt sits slightly away from the hips, creating a relaxed silhouette.
I used full black ink for this dress, like the previous Chanel Illustrations. I really like the fading technique it gives. More tippex, fine-liner and felt-tip, teamed with silver pen add some texture to the illustration.
I think I shall carry on delving into the previous Chanel seasons, although Karl can design some questionable garments, he does make up for it with some breath-taking ones. It’s a love affair that will keep happening, wether I like it or not.
(All Illustrations copyright, DO NOT REBLOG please. Runway Images from Style.com)
So, via the magic of PHOTOSHOP, I waved my magic wand (literally, the magic wand tool) and slightly changed the Hue of the dress, to make it a a little closer to the runway version. Hope it makes a difference.
Karl Lagerfeld always puts on a show. However good or bad the clothes are, you ALWAYS know Karl will lay on a feast for your eyes. The Spring 2011 show was no different. Stages in the Grand Palais in Paris, accompanied by a full 80 piece orchestra, what seemed like hundreds of models parader around a gigantic monochrome pebble garden, accented with huge water fountains. (If you haven’t seen the show, you must, so watch it here, the soundtrack is phenomenal).
I loved this show so much, that I decided to use a technique I have not used many times before to illustrate some of the monochromatic looks from the show.
Here are my Illustrations, and below are the original garments.
The first look was a black and white dress. large a-symetcric draped skirt and embroidered bodice, create a quite relaxed dress.
The model used the skirt as a pocket, however I decided just to draw the skirt as it would be normally. I used an outline of water then dropped the black ink onto the paper to get a really loose and fluid filling. I haven’t really used this technique often, but i really thought the beauty of these garments needed some simplistic style.
In this close up below, you can see the way the ink naturally spreads within the water and created tone and shade of its own.
The second look, a fantastic dress coat accented with feathers and tulle styled with a lace dress with matching feather hem, The dramatic collar and sleeves really ad drama and elegance to this coat.
Again, I used the water and ink technique to create the illusion of feathers and silk tulle.
Below and above show how again, the water spread the ink to create light and shade on the garments, without me adding any other shading with external materials. Black fine-liner and tippex just complete the sketch.
The final look created a pretty big storm with the shows crowd, modelled by formally retired supermodel Ines de la Fressange, the floor-length tulle gown is accented with grosgrain ribbon, multi layered material and lace, this dress was also featured in the seasons campaign.
This is a really great example of the fantastic technique. I really tried to use the ink to outline the stripe and not use any external materials to dictate the shape and style of the dress.
It is really beautiful to watch the ink spread throughout the water and see where it settles. The sleeves were a really nice to drop ink onto as it was like watching a ladder, each stripe slowly being filled from clear to opaque.
Again, I used pen and tippex for some of the finer detail, but tried to stay away fro the outlines of the dress. I also really like where some of the black ink seeps into the other parts, some would class this as a mistake but I think it just adds to the erratic and unpredictable nature of ink and water.
I feel im going to use this technique a few more times, maybe with different coloured inks, But it is really nice using it to represent chiffons, silks and tulles as it adds an extra fluidity to the sketches.
(All Illustrations Copyright, Runway Images from Style.com)
Its a beautiful day in London today, the wintery blue sky is littered with wisps of fast moving cloud. After a brisk walk this morning, I decided to revisit one of my favourite Fall Couture shows, and what is fast becoming one of my favourite brands, Valentino.
After the legendary designer stepped down from his brand in early 2008, many people wondered where the brand would go and who would be able to take on such prestige. Enter Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pier Paolo Piccioli.
This romantic duo have been slowly altering the brand of Valentino into a beautiful, innocent woman, refined and redefined as less overtly glamorous and more sensual and natural. Their latest Couture collection, shown last July in Paris, was no difference. This is just one of the multiple phenomenally beautiful dresses which were shown, based on Russian Tsar’s and Haunting Fairy-Tales.
And here is my sketch, the show actually opened with this dress, which really says alot for the other pieces in the show.
I really had to go all out for this illustration, pulling every material and trick out of my magic pencil case. Watercolour, Pencil, Crayon, Silver and Gold pens, Yellow ink pens, Orange felt tips, tippex, fine-liner and many other little elements make this amazing ombre tulle embroidered dress stand out.
Here is one of the closeups, just layers of different medias and outlining, nothing too precious or overworked, as usual.
Here is the beautiful effect the watercolour made. Almost a wooden and very earthy feeling is made by just adding more and less water to areas.
I thought I would show you how much I do depend on all the little tricks and pens I have in my magic box. here is the basic watercolour and pencil sketch compared to the finished, worked drawing. Really is quite a difference, and both have such different qualities that I like.
(All Illustrations copyright, Runway image from Vogue.fr)
Anyway. Mr Daniel chose a Proenza Schouler Dress from the boys recent Spring Summer 2012 collection, shown in New York in September.
Trust Dan to choose such an INTRICATE material.
The dress is absolutely breath-taking, but then again, most of the amazing duo’s designs are absolutely stunning. (I would like some in my wardrobe please). I did however, have some issues emulating this material in the sketch whist still keeping my own style, but I shall let you judge that.
So here is the overall finished sketch. LAYERS and LAYERS of watercolour, fine-liner in multiple colours, tippex, pencil, felt tip, crayon and flesh-tone are built up to make this material look as similar to the original as I could get.
Here are some closeups. The work is quite intricate, yet now looking back, I wish I hadn’t of filled the dress with so much colour and left some flesh tone visible. (You cant have everything).
This is a really closeup. I think im going to experiment with this sketch and maybe create a print from it’s closeups.
I hope Daniel likes it, and THE HAIR…..as he wanted ‘very Proenza hair’….so I hope the locks satify his needs.
Great to have another commission, and remember to check out his blog.
Seems like the guys at Proenza Schouler like the sketch as they tweeted it just a few seconds ago! AMAZING. Thankyou so much!
(All Illustrations Copyright, Runway Images from Vogue.com)