After finishing my course, I went looking for inspiration and found many talented fashion illustrators. I was particularly drawn to the loose ink illustrations of Megan Hess and her sister Kerrie, so I invested in some indian ink - a great medium which dries waterproof.
I found inspiration for sketches from the 2014 Spring/Summer runways and attempted a looser, freehand style to capture the designs. A little out of my comfort zone, but enjoyable with some pleasing results. I added colour with watercolour paint.
I loved the way both Balmain and Dolce & Gabbana used black and white with bright gold in their designs in SS14; a very striking, classic look. I'm particularly happy with this Balmain illustration, with the exception of the face.. which I gave up on after numerous failed attempts!
The illustration features a black and white checked skirt with modern, statement pleats and a high waistline with gold chain detailing. Sheer polkadot sleeves on a textured high-necked top. Accessorised with black leather boots and a thick gold chain necklace.
The Dolce & Gabbana look shares more than just colours with the Balmain; a full high-waisted skirt embellished with metal - Roman-coin-like disks, both as a belt and fabric pattern. The look also shares in the sheer trend by way of a floaty translucent top with a print inspired by flowers and architecture.
Accessories include a classic leather handbag and pointed pumps and statement gold earrings which balance the belt belt nicely.
In both these looks I love the combination of the sheer tops and how they balance the strong lines of the skirts, as well as the combination of classic and modern with the black, white and gold.
I've included some photos of the original designs for comparison, and to share my appreciation of some fantastic fashion.