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Thursday, 13 October 2011
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Amelia's Magazine | London Fashion Week S/S 2012 Catwalk Review: Fashion Shenzhen Haiping Xie
With this illustration, there was also a better version of the details on the front of the dress which got lost due to my GIMP crashes, ah well! This problem soon to be fixed I hope when I get my new laptop. Here she is though, another Fashion Shenzhen lady for June Chanpoomidole's excellent review in Amelia's Magazine in lovely yellow with blue feathers. And it features my recent discovery of a "spirograph" tool, for the background, which takes me back to my childhood again! I thought it fitted the model's delicate frame and echoed the feathers on the dress.
I was really thrilled to do this illustration for a online fiction publishing website, Paraxis. The theme for this issue was "the Library"- all the writers have written stories around that. In David Rose's story, which I was asked to illustrate, he speaks as a librarian who does a bit of a Joe Orton and Kenneth Halliwell, and mixes up the pages in books a little to broaden the reader's reading experiences, which oddly enough has been in the news again, in the last few days. Something for which Joe Orton spent 6 months in prison, I believe. I really enjoyed reading it. It starts with a vivid description of the various smells of a library, the smell of books and copydex being identified as the "proper". right, smells, so I felt had to include them in the illustration, also because the glue and books come very much into play whilst the "literary defacement" (enhancement some might say) takes place. He mentions the banana skin smells too, and as what he is doing is kind of peeeling apart the books and uncovering and consuming, to an extent, their contents, like a banana, in a place (the depository) where otherwise the books would be left to rot, I thought it was a very appropriate visual metaphor too to include the rotting banana skin itself. And here it is. Do have a read of the other stories and check out the other illustrations.
Amelia's Magazine | London Fashion Week S/S 2012 Catwalk Review: Fashion Shenzhen Deng Hao
I had alot of problems doing this illustration, repeated crashings of GIMP and losing work I had done, and having to re-do - so it could have been a lot better but the deadline was tight for me as I have to share the computer at the moment with Darren, so there were versions containing details that were better than in the finished result, details on the front of the dress, for example, but such is life. I also wanted to make the background a lovely deep jade green but that did not happen as my shift on the computer ended before I could finalise that. I really need to get a new laptop! But overall I like it, I loved the chance to do a really over the top dress like this - reminding me of those Spanish flamenco dolls - one of which I had once, wearing a very similar red dress, when I was younger.
Amelia's Magazine | London Fashion Week S/S 2012 Exhibition Review: Fashion Shenzhen
I found this a little of a challenge to draw due to it not being worn by a body - and the photograph compacted the layers far more than here - I had to use my imagination and a little digital work to fan the layers out more and even out the straps so it looked more visually pleasing as what I was working from was literally, a photo of an arm and of a dress being held up (at an angle) from a hanger. Still I'm quite pleased with the result in the end. I changed it to being laid out flat or possibly floating mid air! Read the lovely review of the Exhibition for Fashion Shenzhen by June Chanpoomidole and see some lovely illustrations by clicking the link above.
Amelia's Magazine | London Fashion Week S/S 2012 Menswear Day Catwalk Review: Christopher Shannon
Another excellent London Fashion Week write up by Matt Bramford, this time Christopher Shannon. In here we have my illustration of a be-combed tassled shorted and slightly sulky and tearful looking model, and of course some wonderful work by some more of Amelia's fantastic illustrators.
Had great fun with some menswear illustrations - my James Small one here does look rather demure amongst the rather raunchy illustrations he's in company with - go take a look!
They are excellent as is Matt Bramford's writeup. There are some excellent Kate Moss portraits in there too, something for everyone!