It frustrates me, as I look back through the past few runway shows of Australian designer Toni Maticevski, to find that the past three (of four) Vogue reviews unnecessarily attacking the designer. Here's why...
I was browsing my Vogue Runway app for inspiration, looking at the recent shows, when I fell in love with Maticevski's Resort 2017 collection. It features striking event-wear in crisp whites, inky blacks and a smattering of gold and lemony yellows. The silhouettes are gorgeous and unique and there is a beautiful movement to the garments.
Yet the Australian designer is dismissed for 'struggl[ing] as an editor [of his work]' and is said to 'be more specific [in his design direction]'.
While these criticisms can be seen as a commentators guide to creating a more succinct and definitive body of work, and by extension brand, the comments that say Maticevski's work is 'too out there', 'too-strict or too-flouncy' and that he 'would be wise to commit himself completely... to simpler pieces' rile and perplex me.
Fashion is an art form. Sure there are the designers who specialise in wearable, trend-conscious, off the rack garments that we feel comfortable trying on, wearing to work, uni and out and about; but there are also the bold designers; the ones who aren't worried about stepping on anyones toes and who are in this world to passionately create and share their creations.
Maybe Maticevski's dresses aren't the most comfortable or easy to walk in (not that I'd know, I'm living a on a bartender/student/traveller budget here) and they absolutely ARE wild and 'out there', but why is that a crime?
Vogue is the word of authority in the fashion world, and they have the ability to raise up those who are alternate in their ideas and exceptional in their execution. So why are they putting them down?
I understand the need for critics, but I believe the need for an appreciation of ingenuity and beauty (a far cry from some of today's 'fashion') to be far more important.
Maticevski is a master draper; his designs are fabric made art. They are simultaneously geometric and flowing, confronting yet elegant. Not many people are graced with the abilities of this man and his audacious collections should be applauded and admired.
In his own words 'As fucked up as this world is becoming, I have to believe in the magic and power of beauty and creating.'
Here, illustrated, are my favourite designs from his Resort 2017 collection, art as art. Let it be beautiful.
I'm very excited to announce that you can now purchase custom phone and tablet cases featuring my illustrations!
Since I got my own personalised iPhone case a year ago I've had soo many comments, compliments and requests.. and now you can have one too!
Choose one of my existing illustrations/artworks (scroll through my portfolio/Instagram feed and pick your favourite) or commission a unique custom illustration.
I have two styles of case available - snap and armoured, snaps are a bit cheaper but the armoured ones are worth the extra $5 if you're clumsy like me!
The best part is the cases cost the same or less than a plain protective case you'd buy in a store - and they're 10000% prettier!
Perfect to make a statement, personalise your constant mobile companion or as a gift (Mother's Day soon guys).
Check them out here!
The following is a report I wrote for a uni assignment and thought it may be of interest to people other than my lecturer. It's a summary of Zara, the international fashion retail company, its business models and how it stands out from its competitors. There's also a more opinionated piece at the end, but read on if you want a bit more insight into a powerful aspect of the fashion world...
Zara, the fast-fashion giant that has well and truly taken over the industry with over 2100 stores worldwide (Inditex - Zara, 2016), was founded in 1975 by husband and wife Amancio Ortega and Rosalía Mera in Galicia, Spain.
Zara is currently the world’s largest fashion retailer with a brand value of over $9.4 billion. Ortega still owns the business, and it is the founder of its parent company Inditex, which owns eight international retail brands. He is currently the second wealthiest person in the world, following Bill Gates, a result of Zara’s ingenious development and marketing strategies. Rosalía Mera was the richest woman in Spain, and the wealthiest self-made woman in the world until her death in 2013.
The philosophy and business model of Zara, despite its vast growth in the past 40 years, has remained mostly unchanged, and aims to deliver current trends and fashions to its customers as quickly as possible.
Zara’s marketing strategy is quite different to those of its competitors (H&M, Forever 21), with no use of public advertising, campaigns or celebrity endorsement (Zara Competitor Analysis, 2013), rather putting this money towards opening more stores and using storefronts, and store placement as their key strategy. More recently they have become present on social media, including Facebook and Instagram. With editorials and photographic campaigns being featured there, though it is still a minor aspect of their strategy.
From its beginnings, Zara has appropriated the designs of high fashion labels and sold them at affordable prices. They promise their customers “to provide new designs made from quality materials that are affordable” (Jhamb, 2013).
Rather than employing individual designers, Zara has a team of over 200 who follow the current trends and shows incredibly closely. They create up to 1000 new designs each week, which are on shelves within only two weeks, compared to their competitors who take up to six months from design to sale.
This hyper-fast fashion, which responds directly to customers buying habits and requests, is what gives Zara its appeal, and allows it to stay ahead of the pack, while infuriating high-end designers “[Zara is] the most innovative and devastating retailer in the world.” said Louis Vuitton’s fashion director Daniel Piette. Due to their appropriation and heavy ‘inspiration’ from other designers and brands Zara have faced copyright allegations several times. (Papa, 2014).
Zara’s garments are manufactured mostly in Europe (avoiding the trend of exporting production to the developing world), and have only one distribution centre based in Spain. Their factories are relatively green and sustainable, making use of wind turbines and solar power (Hume, 2011), though their prolific production of product increases their negative impact.
The garments produced by Zara are for men, women and children, though their womenswear department is the largest (60%). The designs themselves are versatile and have broad appeal, covering streetwear, tailored basics (blazers, coats, shirts, trousers), denim, semi-formal garments for going out and accessories too. All designs are constantly being updated, and are influenced but the most current trends.
They use mid-high quality materials, tailoring and finishes which raises their sales prices (which are still affordable), while keeping customers happy; providing them with pieces that will last at least a season. Turnover is incredibly rapid, with no restocking of designs. New designs are delivered to stores twice a week, instead of the usual seasonal deliveries, a marketing ploy which encourages customers to come back regularly so as not to miss out on the latest trends. Only 18% of Zara’s stock makes it to sale, which is less than half the industry average (Analysing Zara’s business model, 2011).
Zara puts a high focus on the desires of the customer, they monitor customer in-store habits, as closely as keeping records of what is tried on and not bought (Hungry Beast, 2011) and respond to popular feedback and requests made in store and online.
Garment price points range from $10 to $40USD for basic tops, $30 to $80USD for fashion tops, denim ranges from $40 to $80USD and outerwear being priced up to $320 for high quality leather and suede coats (Zara, 2016). For the quality of materials and construction, as well as the up-to-date designs (despite their lack of originality) these prices are very reasonable. These leads into the target market of Zara, which is the at the younger end of the spectrum (18-30), and is aimed at those who are fashion conscious and want to stay on top of the trends while still wearing pieces of quality. This includes students and young professionals.
Other labels with a similar price point (Gap, Witchery, Country Road, French Connection), produce far less product and have a smaller international market, and much fewer stores. Zara’s super fast turnover pulls in customers and sales and allows them to grow at a higher rate than these stores, and makes them a competitor with cheaper, lower quality fast-fashion brands. It is therefor able to dominate more of the market.
It is the combination of all these factors; their high volume, constantly changing product, their reasonable pricing and quality production and their pure accessibility through number of stores and online shopping (though an Australian online store is not yet available) that gives Zara its competitive edge and makes it a unique business model that has seen unparalleled success.
Today is Pink Ribbon day, and I'm excited to finally share with you the illustration I did for Cancer Australia's new campaign which raises awareness for breast cancer in young women.
Two young (20-49) Australian women are diagnosed with breast cancer every day, and on average one dies every week. As young women we believe we are exempt, immune, untouchable and invincible. We're not, and it's important to know that to give ourselves the best chance for an incredible, happy, healthy life.
On the Cancer Australia Website there is important information for self examination, so you can know what's normal, and when something could be wrong.
I am so proud to be a part of such an important cause, and am very grateful for this opportunity - it's so exciting to see my work on a government website and in Youtube videos! Watch the campaign video.
Please feel free to share this image and raise awareness for this incredibly important cause!
For the first time when illustrating a red carpet event, I've chosen not to draw my favourite looks from the event, opting rather to go with the girl squad of the worlds biggest it-girl of the moment: Taylor Swift.
Over the past couple of years Taylor Swift has gone from curly-haired country girl to show stopping superstar. This change can be seen through a development in her musical style, as well as in her seemingly endless accumulation of super-celeb friends. Swift has been growing her squad constantly, making connections with notable personalities from the film, music and modelling worlds. A significant number of these companions can be seen in her Bad Blood music video, released earlier this year.
It was for this video that Swift won her first 'Moonman' award for Video of the Year at this years MTV Video Music Awards, in addition to three other awards.
Many of Taylor's friends that were featured in the video accompanied her on the red carpet at the VMAs, and it was the photos of this incredible group of women that inspired my illustrations this year. Talk about an influential posse!
Hope you enjoyed this post, I'm working on some interesting collaborations and projects now, so will post about those soon!
Back in May, we saw the largest red carpet event of the year: The Met Gala, formerly known as the Costume Institute Gala.
This annual themed event celebrates the opening of the New York Metropolitan Museum of Art's fashion exhibit. It is a fundraising event with tickets going for $25 000! This price tag results in a star-studded guest list and boasts some of the most exciting formal and couture fashion of the year. Designers, models, actors and anyone who is worth knowing (within the fashion world at least) is in attendance.
This year's theme, inspired as always by the opening exhibition, was "Chine Through the Looking Glass", and resulted with oriental influenced couture; dragons snaked through blazers and accessories, scarlet hues abounded and gold ball gowns shone from every corner (my love of gold has resulted in four of these being in my favourites this year). Textures ranged from the heavily embellished to the aesthetic of liquid metal, and bold trends were continued with the likes of J-Lo and Kim Kardashian dressed in sheer ensembles with a little modesty provided only by a scattering of embroidered gemstones.
It's my all-time favourite red carpet event to illustrate, so without further ado, here are my picks for best dressed:
Who: Cara Delevingne
What: Model (and now Actress)
Wearing: Stella McCartney
Why: Cara, as always, can do no wrong in my eyes, her usual Tom-Boy style dresses up to trouser-jumpsuit chic, accented by a glittering bra with intricate strapping. But the show-stopping aspect of this look is her (temporary) cherry-blossom body art by celebrity NYC tattoo artist Keith 'Bang Bang' McCurdy which took hours to design and draw. While I prefer her striking black and white outfit from last year's Gala (also by Stella), the incorporation of art and fashion in this look is both beautiful and incredibly appropriate for the event.
Who: Amanda Seyfried
Wearing: Givenchy Haute Couture
Why: I love Amanda's combination of textures in this look, with her slicked back hair (another trend of the evening, as you'll see throughout this post) and streamlined silhouette punctuated with origami-esque floral embellishments and trims draped in sheer layers fabric, all in delicate white to add a beautiful subtlety.
Who: Jessica Chastain
Why: Jessica know's how to dress for her incredible hourglass figure, and this year's Met Gala gown was no exception. The shimmering pale gold Givenchy number accentuated her curves, creating an incredible silhouette which fell elegantly to a train. The intricate texture was as incredible up close as the overall effect it created; pure radiance.
Who: Hailee Steinfield
Wearing: Michael Kors
Why: This look proves that brunettes kill it in red. With her tousled hair and rustic gold bangles Hailee was stunning on the red carpet, but her silk Michael Kors dress was the crowning jewel. Incredibly flattering with it's simple shapes, a stunning classic ballgown with a simple modern elegance.
Who: Justin Bieber
What: Singer (?)
Why: Attending the Gala as Balmain Creative Director Olivier Rousteing's plus one Justin sported my favourite look of the night. Simple trousers with a velvet finish and an eastern take on a classic button up were brought home with an incredible embroidered velvet blazer covered with shining gold Chinese Dragons. This is the future of red carpet menswear. 10/10.
Who: Anne Hathaway
Wearing: Ralph Lauren
Why: This was a look that grew on me. At first I wasn't sure about this streamlined, hooded gown that gives me Princess Leia vibes, but the allure of liquid gold was too much. Then I realised if there's anywhere this dress is valid, it's on the couture runway that is the Met Gala red carpet. Also Anne Hathaway is a goddess and can do no wrong. The silhouette and hood accentuates her height, adding to the beautiful streamlined effect.
Who: Behati Prinsloo
Wearing: Tommy Hilfiger
Why: The first thing that drew me to Behati's stunning gown was the beautiful texture of the deep navy velvet. This texture, combined with the placement of the skirt seams and bodice cutouts creates a gorgeous classic meets contemporary effect overall. Her silver accessories perfectly bring out the blue, which in turn ties in with the theme of her peacock clutch. The ribbon choker is a nice addition too.
Who: Natasha Poly
Why: Natasha's Topshop gown brought another meaning to liquid gold. The way it flows and hangs is simply stunning, not to mention the gorgeously simple shapes of the design. I absolutely love her hairstyle, a nice mix of eastern style, western chic and a dash of Legolas.
Who: Kate Hudson
Wearing: Michael Kors
Why: The gilded, floral lace look of her dress was simply stunning the way it caught the light absolutely breathtaking, not to mention the gorgeous drape of the skirt and train, all combined with the mandarin collar and sleeveless bodice to create a lovely column effect.
So those are my favourites from this year's Met Gala, lots of gold, lots of glamour and a little late I know, but life has been very, very busy with commissions, college and work. As usual photos of the originals are below :)
I've just finished my trimester at college and thought I'd share one of my final assessments with you: an illustrated portfolio which documents fashion history from the 1800s to now. It took around 100 hours to complete and I'm very pleased with how it turned out.
For eight different eras we researched particular garments from the period and drew them as technical flat drawings, so as to show the key design elements. We then designed contemporary outfits inspired by the original garments. All the final drawings and illustrations were created using Adobe illustrator and Photoshop, a nice change of pace and definitely brought my computer skills up to scratch!
The designs below, left to right were inspired by menswear, the bodice of the bloomers outfit, and the bustle dress. This is collection of women's corporate wear designs.
Late 1800s - Early 1900s
The designs below are for daywear, casual to semi-formal. Inspired by the details of the cycling outfit, the two-piece suit and the Fortuny dress.
1910 - 1940
The evening-wear designs below were inspired by the jupe-culotte outfit, second art nouveau dress and the oriental costume.
These semi-formal/cocktail style designs were inspired by the first raglan sleeve dress and bias-cut formal dresses.
The Late 1960s & Early 70s
These casual looks were inspired by the popular mini and maxi dresses of the 1960s and 1970s.
The 70s & 80s
The casual look on the left below was inspired by 80s punk fashion, the design on the right shows a Japanese influence on a cocktail look.
These day-time outfits incorporate sportswear details such as panelling, trims and close-fitting silhouettes. Left to right inspired by mens swimwear, women's swimwear and the tennis dress.
Street Styles of Today
I've combined elements of the street-styles above to create a semi-formal collection. The first look is inspired by the Sydney street styles, the second takes influence from the Japanese and the final from New York street style, with shoes from Japanese.
I thoroughly enjoyed creating this portfolio and found it a really valuable way to study history. Hopefully you've learned something interesting about the history of fashion! The video below shows my physical portfolio :)
Let me know below if you learnt something new or what your favourite looks/periods were! Or any other questions or comments :)
The Oscars were a few weeks ago, and the red carpet had some truly stunning fashions on display. These were my favourites this year; a range of elegant and flattering designs in beautiful colours and fabrics.
So many award shows, so little time! The British Academy Film Awards (BAFTAs) were on a few weeks ago, on the same night as the Grammy Awards, and I have to say I was more blow away with these to dresses than those at the Grammys.
Dianna Agron (left), stunning as always, looked incredible in this structurally draped scarlet Lanvin number. Her hair was swept away from her face and she accessories added some edge to the look.
Lea Seydoux (right), wore one of my favourite dresses EVER, a gorgeous sunshine yellow Prada creation featuring mass pleating, a classic neckline and artful cutouts. She she was a classic beauty with her hollywood hair and statement red lips. Full marks in my books, absolutely NOTHING to fault. I'm in love.
Both of these looks were beautiful and classic and definite favourites of mine so far this year.
My Academy Awards sketches are nearly complete, but after that I think I need a break from these award shows... maybe time to catch up on all the fashion weeks!
In other news I've just updated my shop, there's HEAPS more limited edition prints available, including these two lovely ladies, and ALL the prices have dropped! Check it out!!
Last week I was lucky enough to attend the exclusive Kelly & Port fashion show in Bondi. It was an intimate event with free makeovers, champagne and a pop-up store.
I attended with close family friend and mentor Catherine Kelly of Embellish Atelier, who provided gorgeous hat and headpieces for the runway.
The designer, Kelly, is a stylist as well as a designer and has designed a range that is stylish, comfortable and incredibly flattering for nearly every body shape.
I didn't see one person who looked bad in the clothes, from the pleated midi skirts, boat necked blouses, classic blazers and mid-rise shorts (of which I bought a pair; I'd been looking for a pair of basic black shorts for nearly two years but had never found "the ones", Kelly & Port's were perfect in every way!)
The models obviously looked stunning in the clothes, I loved that while tall, slim and toned, they looked healthy, rather than the stick-thin waifs you see at most shows.
I did some live sketching throughout the show, above are some of my favourite looks from the evening. The gorgeous orange of the first sketch appeared all throughout the collection and added a fun pop of colour throughout, as did the hot pink and pale green pieces and fabrics. I've sketched the midi skirts mentioned earlier, they really did look fantastic on everyone.
I love the central look, featuring the classic white blazer and shorts, paired with a glittering sequinned black blouse, also super flattering with its v-neck and drape.
You can see the full collection and purchase the pieces here. After seeing the clothes in action, I definitely recommend a look!
The 2015 Grammy Awards were on a few weeks ago, and these were my red carpet favourites:
Usually when an award show, celebrity ball or other red carpet event occurs I content myself with choosing five or so looks to illustrate... with this years Golden Globe Awards, which took place on the 11th of January, I couldn't restrain myself and initially chose thirteen of my 'favourite' outfits. I cut this down to ten, though I still think its a bit of overkill... but what can I do? It's my passion and there were truly stunning, innovative and classic looks scattered across the carpet. I believe I chose a selection of all of these and have I broken my illustrations up into two sets; Bright and Bold and Glittering Globes.
So without further ado, here they are:
Bright and Bold features a combination of striking new takes on classic designs as well as bright colours and show-stopping patterns.
From Left to Right:
Lorde in Narciso Rodriguez; a beautiful structured blazer and tailored trousers given a modern twist with a geometric crop and pointed pumps.
Rosamund Pike in a gorgeous flowing Vera Wang number: feminity with an edge, with its contemporary cutout bodice and triangular strapping.
Leslie Mann in KAUFMANFRANCO: yellow is my favourite colour so there was no way I could go past this classic fitted dress in statement canary yellow.
Katherine Heigl looking stunning in Zac Posen. I have a thing for blondes and navy, it's a combination that always seems to work. The dress was perfect for her, flattering in every way. (This illustration also marked my first celebrity attention - Katherine Heigl liked it on Instagram! Very exciting!)
Lupita Nyong'o wore a lovely gown with an embellished bodice by Giambattista Valli, it makes me think of Jacaranda and Wisteria trees.
Glittering Globes speaks for itself, featuring beautiful looks that are covered or accented with sequins, crystals or glittering embroidery.
Kate Hudson and Emma Stone were many peoples picks for best dressed at this years Globes, and its not hard to see why. Kate wore a beautiful white dress by Atelier Versace featuring side cutouts overlaid with fine, crystal covered straps. Emma wore a tailored Lanvin jumpsuit with a glittering embellished bodice and a statement sash that added sophistication and formality to the look. She finished the outfit off with fantastic pointed Christian Louboutin pumps, so another win there. Also her hair is fantastic.
Dakota Johnson wore an amazing Chanel dress, a shining metallic couture piece.
Kate Beckinsdale looked absolutely amazing, practically glowing in her figure-flattering Elie Saab gown. The sparkling bodice added the perfect amount of drama to the look.
Reece Witherspoon wore an incredible dress by Calvin Klein Collection, simple design but completely coated in crystals.
So these were my 'few' favourites from the 2015 Golden Globe Awards, check out the photos of the looks below. As always feel free to leave any comments and feedback in the section below :)
Rewind a few weeks to the college class where we covered male fashion illustration...
It was an exciting class as I've always struggled more drawing men than I have women (though most of that is probably just practice), so it was helpful to get tips and guidance on proportions and features. I've still got a long way to go, but now I have a good base to progress from.
We did initial figure sketches/templates to get used to drawing men, then explored using coloured inks.
I really loved the inks, they're much more vibrant than watercolour paints and you can achieve some fun/wild effects with them (hence the name of this post), and they really pop when you sketch over them with a fine-liner.
Hope you enjoy the change from girls :)
Leave any comments/feedback below!
This post has been a long time in the making and features my favourite collection of 2014: the Fendi Spring/Summer Ready-to-Wear collection, designed by Chanel's Karl Lagerfeld with Silvia Venturini Fendi. The fashion show was opened by Cara Delevingne, one of my favourite models.
The collection was inspired by 'the world of informatics', incorporating circuit board inspired patterns, bold structural shapes and lazer-cut, geometric designs.
Fur (a key composite of Fendi's design house) was used in an unusual way, being cut down to thin, light shapes which were attached to sheer nylon organza backing fabrics. You can see the effect in the tops of the third and fourth designs above, and all throughout the collection. The result was lightweight, breathable garments which enabled fur, a traditionally winter material, to be worn in Spring and Summer.
Organza was another key inspiration, being one of Lagerfelds favourite fabrics. It lends itself well to lazer-cutting, and the juxtaposition between the soft, flowing fabric and sharp angular shapes used was fantastic! (See these designs in the full collection, linked below).
The first and fifth sketches above are made from organza and specialised seams and shaping techniques have enabled the fabric to have strong form and its own distinctive structure, uninhibited by the shape of the wearer's body.
Shoes and accessories featured a mixed use of fur, leather (including crocodile skin), metal and plastic. A combination of historic and contemporary materials which echoes the theme of the collection as a whole.
In my sketches I've stuck to a red, white and coral palette for continuity and aesthetic purposes, though black, grey, and cobalt blue also featured strongly in the collection.
Here are the individual illustrations and their corresponding runway shots:
This first design features a structural organza dress with a geometric/floral hybrid pattern. It is worn by model Marina Nery.
I was drawn to this second look by the classic bold red, and by the techniques required to make such a structural garment. It was worn by Xiao Wen Ju.
This is my favourite look from the collection, and what inspired this series of illustrations. The lazer-cut fur and organza top, the sparkling structural skirt and statement fur accessories create the perfect combination of colours and textures. I've drawn this outfit three times this year, and will probably draw it again... nearly a year after I first saw it and I'm still in love! It was worn by Josephine Le Tutour.
This design, worn by Nadja Bender, is made fully from organza and fur, and demonstrates Karl Lagerfeld's immense skill and creativity. The ribbed texture achieved in the skirt with strips of fur is just fantastic, something really unusual.
This final look shows the computer/circuit board inspiration that ran throughout the collection. The strong geometric lines, angular, boxy shapes and bright white palette of the design are contemporary and stylish, while the sheer organza top adds a feminine and softening touch. The look as a whole exudes modernity through its simplicity, fabrics and form. Worn by Kayley Chabot.
These were my picks of the collection, though there are many more I love. You can see the full collection on style.com and can watch the show on Fendi.com. There is such an amazing collection of incredible design, beautiful fabrics, colours and patterns, and an intriguing mix of classic, historic and contemporary elements.
Firstly, Happy New Year!
Looking back on 2014 I'm really proud of how far I've come... I've started university, done some short courses, completed a 6+ month millinery internship, worked multiple jobs, started my blog/website and opened a store to sell my illustrations. I've had so much support from both family and friends, as well as the Instagram/online community. With the skills and contacts I've gained I can only imagine 2015 will be even better!
I'm very excited about the coming year and have lots of exciting things planned.... I'll be starting my second trimester (and third and fourth!) of my Fashion Design Bachelor as well as working on my blog and store, painting and illustration commissions and more, I'll hopefully get overseas at some point too.
The illustration above was my New Years Eve outfit for the party I went to, nothing to fancy, but plenty of sparkles to add some festivity and fun! All black and gold: black leather ankle boots, black jeans, gold sparkly top, nails and makeup and gold jewellery. I had a wonderful evening with great company and no resulting hangover (yes!).
Onwards into the New Year, I'm making it a great one!
A few weeks ago I went to the races for the first time. It's always been something I've wanted to do; to get dressed up, go out with friends and spend a festive day outside in the sun.
There were six of us who went, three guys and three girls. We had a lovely time (despite my having to leave early to go to work...), we drank a lot of champagne and watched the horses go by.
Naturally I spent a fair amount of time looking at all the great (and not-so-great fashion) that was worn on the field.
This was my outfit for the day: I wore a vintage black dress with a classic floral pattern, a champagne/gold rose fascinator by Embellish Atelier (who I interned with earlier this year), strappy nude stilettos (which brought out the beige in the floral pattern) and a black satin clutch (unfortunately I didn't have a nude one to match my shoes).
I wore pearl stud earrings, my gold Michael Kors watch and a simple gold chain necklace with a monogram pendant. I had a light beige pashmina to ward off the afternoon breeze and borrowed my friend Connor's sunglasses...
I always relish a chance to get dressed up (read: to wear ridiculous shoes!) and my day at the races was one to remember - bring on the next time!
On a side note I want to thank my followers on Instagram: I've reached 1000 followers and am so appreciative of the praise and support you give me and my work; so thank you!
If you don't follow me on instagram already and would like to see more of my illustrations, you can find me at @meg_nicholson :)
Merry Christmas/Happy Holidays everyone, hope you have a fantastic time celebrating with family and friends. Here are some glamorous Christmas themed girls to add to the fun!
Have a wonderful holiday!
What a whirlwind the last three months have been! I've finished uni for the trimester and am completely exhausted and very ready for the holidays, Christmas and spending lots of time with friends and family.
I'm still working a lot, but have a few more free hours each week so am excited to be able to blog and draw more.
I still have a few weeks of illustrations from my college illustration class to share, this one being something a little different...
In this particular class we were lucky enough to have a live model come in for us to draw. She wasn't your average life model, graced with more fashion friendly proportions; tall, slim and elegant... also she wore clothes!
She had three fantastic outfits with interesting fabrics, silhouettes and accessories, which made for fun and varying sketches. These were my favourites from the class:
These first two were done from 2-5 minute poses, we had to be very quick and could only capture the general shapes and main features. I did about 20 of these, though the rest didn't make the cut! She wore a beautiful black dress with a full tulle skirt and a sheer bodice with lace adorning the front. She had stockings that were worn in The Great Gatsby movie, plain at the front with black panels down the back.
I'm particularly happy with the limbs and angles in the first sketch and the movement and looseness of the second.
The third was from a longer pose that I had time to add some extra detail to.
The next two were also from longer poses. The pink dress was silky and flowing, with beautiful drape.
These next two illustrations are my favourites, and you can find prints of them available in my store.
The model wore a beautiful gold velvet skirt with an intricately shaped bustier, teamed with a fantastic headpiece. They were done over about 10 minutes each.
For homework we had to draw two still life arrangements, using 'fashion objects', these are what I came up with:
Life drawing is such a valuable thing to do for artists and illustrators, teaching patience (7 from about 30 sketches made the cut), a greater understanding of human proportions, and the ability to work from different angles and perspectives.
I hope you liked the post, please feel free to leave any feedback in the comment section below!
Collage has never been a particular interest or forte of mine, so I wasn't incredibly excited when we were to do a lesson in it at uni.
What I didn't realise was that combining collage and fashion illustration was the perfect way to stretch my skills and I ended up loving it!
There was so much freedom and it was exhilarating to create something beautiful out of existing art and photography, not to mention the inspiration from the materials I used; so many beautiful colours and textures.
I mostly used fashion magazines but also incorporated a catalogue from an art exhibition, wrapping paper, a year-planner and some paintings I'd done last year... These were the results:
So that was my endeavour into fashion collage, I enjoyed it immensely and will definitely come back to this style occasionally.
Remember that I love your feedback, particularly when I try new things!
Last Friday Night I was lucky enough to see California Gurl Katy Perry with my beautiful friend Katie, who received the tickets for her Birthday... it was a Firework of a performance!
All track-title puns aside, it was an amazing night, and I was blown away by the music, sets, dancers/acrobats and especially the costumes! Katy's outfits were numerous and varying, though consistently amazing.. all designed by top designers such as Jeremy Scott (Moschino), Roberto Cavalli, Valentino, Australian designers Discount Universe and more.
I've drawn my favourite look from the night, a shimmering, iridescent top and skirt creation from Roberto Cavalli, lined with flashing neon lights (with matching ones in her hair). Teamed with reflective silver ankle boots, it was an amazing outfit!
Other wild looks included a pink-panther-esque cat suit, flowing Valentino butterfly gown and smiley-face covered Moschino bra, tights and skirt.
It was a truly inspiring night!
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In this post I'll give a little background into my process when making illustrations...
My uni assignment for the week was to create four fashion figure templates, technically known as 'croquis', as well as practicing drawing different fabric textures.
The benefit of using a template is that you have the basic figure shape ready, and only need to worry about the outfit, accessories, hair and makeup - It saves a lot of time!
For marker illustrations I use bleedproof paper, it's quite thin, which allows the template to show through, and has a special coating on it to stop the marker ink from bleeding (blurring as it absorbs into the paper) or transferring through to the page below.
These are the four templates I made for the assignment: two front, one side and one back. I just place them under the paper and am ready to go!
The following illustrations used these templates, and incorporated denim, tartan/plaid, and wool knits. I loved doing the side view, as it's not something I've done much of.
I loved this assignment, it's always good to be able to work in my prefered medium, and I can see myself improving every week which is very exciting!