Wednesday, 11 May 2011
I had heard that there was an exhibition on, named 'Drawing Fashion.'
Of course, I immediatley wanted to go so booked a train ticket and went down for my birthday.
It is such a lovely building, that is the first thing you notice... so white and clean.
Sadly, I couldn't take any photographs of the work there, but I did purchase the book which is full of the works there.
When I went up to the exhibition, I felt so excited as I havn't been able to find many exhibitions that are purley fashion illustration based, so was full of joy as I entered the white gallery which had frames upon frames of wonderful illustrations.
The first fashion illustrations that were on display, were by the artists in the Art Decco period.
Georges Lepape was the first.
Truth be told, I am not a great admirer of his work, but once infront of the framed work, one cannot but admirer the line and brush strokes that Lapape used.
His images are so busy, full of life and colour that one has to find the beauty in them.
One of the other artists from that same period, is Erte.
The images that were there, were very simple and just consentrating on the figure.
If I had to pick my favourites, it would be the sinple images of a figure, in the centre of the page, done on plain paper. They are very detailed so he doesn't need anything occuping the space around them.
Moving through the exhibition, one comes to the 1930s/1940s section.
I was looking forward to this bit as the 1940s are one of my favourite eras. I adore the shape and style of the clothes in this decade and one cannot forget the Second World War that was happening at the time, so it made women 'make do and ment' their clothes, and they certainly came up with some lovely outfits.
My favourite artist from this decade is Bernard Blossac.
To see his works up infront of you takes your breath away! He uses rather simple, sketchy lines and finishes the figures off by adding a wash of watercolour.
Even though the forties was a dark time, Blossac makes that era look elegant and rich, just by his figures of women.
The images are so elegant and delicate that I could not take my eyes away from them. I think I was at his part of the exhibition for about half an hour!
The next part was the 1960s.
(The 1950s artists were still Blossac and others that I have mentioned.)
The main artist/illustrator that occupied this era was Antonio. His style changes with time.
The first images were done in charcoal, just black and white, as well as using the smudges by working it into the clothing. I have to say that these were my favourite of his as there is a lot of elegance and grace within them...
His work through the sixties was wonderful... whether he uses charcoal, watercolour or pen. But as it got to the 1980s, that is when Antonio didn't suit my taste.
The women are very 'boxy.' A sudden change to his slim and delicate sixties figures. I do suppose that he changed with time and of course that is what everyone wore during that time.
Coming to my 2 favourite fashion artists now.
I stood with my eyes wide open at the works of Mats Gustafson and Francois Berthoud.
These two illustrators have been in my mind since this visit and have, and will continue to be, a very big inspiration to me and my work.
Mats Gustafson uses watercolour. He uses it in simple ways, with limited colour and uses shape quite remarkably.
(I have written a post on him if anyone wants to see a few selections of work.)
Francois Berthoud is a little different. He works on enamel and creates monotype.
I do prefer his enamel works, just by how he uses the black. It looks like drips of paint and is a wonderful way to create hair on his figures.
All in all, I am so very glad that I had the opportunity to visit this exhibition. The timing came at a great time for me as I was in need to be inspired!
I was definitely inspired!
Tuesday, 10 May 2011
With only a few days left until I come to the end of my degree, it has got me in a thoughtful mood, (hense why I have chosen my idol, Marilyn, in a thoughtful pose!)
In another post, Hopes, Fears and Oppotunities, I feel like I have come a long way from when I last wrote it.
Things have changed about me and my work, and I hope for the better!
The first thing that I have noticed in myself, is my growing confidence. I seem to believe in myself and what I can do.
At one time, not too long ago, I wasn't feeling very good about one part of the brief we had to answer. This was the part we had to arrange meetings, e-mail and speak to potential clients and fellow artists/illustrators.
A lot of it was silly nerves and quite frankly, I wasn't very confident about some of my work... but the day came when I got in touch with one of my favourite illustrators and that meeting alone with her, gave me such a boost and my confidence started to soar!
Having such a talented illustrator look through my work, complimenting pieces, giving great advice etc, was so inspiring and made me look at my work in a very different light.
Since then, my work has taken a turn for the best...
As I have mentioned in previous posts, I have been experimenting yet again with different materials and papers. My favourite at the moment, is water colour on lining paper. It suits my style so well, and gives such an elegance to my drawings that they didn't have not so long ago.
I don't really know how I started to work this way. I suppose it was accidental... I bought new paints, didn't have any sketchbooks at hand, the only paper near me was lining paper- that accident happened to work out for the best!
I am much less 'precious' about my drawings now. There was a time when I would spend so much time on one drawing, making sure all details were correct, i.e the facial features, and then become so uptight when it didn't go right, I would start again.
But this degree has changed that, especially this last month or so.
Yes, it has been a bit of a struggle trying to loosen up, but it has been worth while sticking to it. I do have some illustrators to thank for that. They inspired me so much that I wanted to try and have that 'lose' and confident feel to my own work.
Tina Berning, yet again, has been such a huge inspiration to me. I just adore her portraits of girls/women in her book. They are so beautiful and elegant, even if they are done in a harsh black colour, they always have such delicate qualities about them.
Alice Tait... what a fabulous artist!
Her work is so beautiful, whether she creates a page full of pigeons or figures in elegant clothes, they are each as delicate and wonderful as eachother.
She has been very inspiring to me...
There are numerous other artists/illustrators that I could mention, and most of them are on this blog anyway!
I think that the best part for me and my work has been these last 5 months.
As I keep saying, my work has become more professional and I now feel so much more happier with what I can do, and I can now see where my images etc might appear.
I can see my work in fashion magazines, shop displays, on billboards... I feel confident enough that such things may happen.
My degree has kept me extremely busy and that has worked for me. We have been given such tasks that not so long ago, I wouldn't have had the nerve to do, for example, showing my portfolio to professional people or even contemplating talking over the telephone to such companies as Vogue.
As it turns out, I managed to talk to a number of people, and find myself enjoying it, which of course is a good thing as I see this having to happen a lot of the time!
I do consider myself to be an artist/illustrator now, and quite frankly, am ready to go out into the 'real' world...
Monday, 9 May 2011
Tuesday, 3 May 2011
Sunday, 1 May 2011
Thursday, 28 April 2011
A few months back, I went to an exhibition in London to see a few fashion illustrator's work and the one who stood out for me the most, was Mats Gustafson.
Friday, 4 March 2011
The actual face was done last year, but what I find now, is that when I visit the work again, with fresh eyes as it were, and see if I could possibly improve it.
This image was shouting out to be put on a coloured background. I tried out some others, but this dullish yellow seemed to work the best.
The face is once again, influenced from the 1960s and so that is why I have chosen this foreground colour, as this yellow occured rather a lot in that era.
It is rather simple, just to add the colour, but I think that is all the image needed as in my opinion, it is a rather decent drawing.
I will be doing this way of working in the future: producing work or look at the images I have produced in the past and to look at them in a different light and see if they could be improved at a later date.
Thursday, 17 February 2011
Hopes, Fears and Opportunities
Looking back over last term, from September to December, it was a really a wake up for me and my work.
As I mention previously, on a few posts back, I love to draw. I really love the traditional ways of working in illustration and do not want digital illustration to take over, so I spent a lot of time trying to get better at my drawing practices.
It was a little bit of a slow start for me on my Negotiated Project that was set for me to do, but, it worked out for the best when it came to the end and has set me up well for my final project now.
I set myself a sort of ‘drawing marathon’ which meant that I just drew anything and everything. I am mostly into drawing and working with the figure, so I filled up as many sketchbooks I could with just drawings.
It helped me so much as I started to take less time and concentration over my figures, and by letting go and not being over possessive and also not caring if the figures were ‘beautiful’ or not.
Doing that practise led me to be a lot more confident with myself and leading me onto different uses of materials to work with, which truthfully, I was not inclined to use.
With the help of some wonderful illustrators, for instance Stina Perrson and Tina Berning, I managed to find my own style which I am now, rather confident and comfortable with.
Even though it was a troubling start, which consisted a lot of worry and stress, I thank myself for doing that exercise, as now it has set me up for the final and important part of my degree.
My hopes for the future are rather bright. As I have mentioned, I have now a confidence in my work that wasn’t really there before and I hope I will succeed in the future, when the time comes when we are out of education.
I realise that I still need these next extra months to build more work and more confidence and then I hope to be able to get a good career out of illustration.
The best thing is, is that we get the opportunity to meet art directors and some, like myself, get to actually go and meet with illustrators which I’m extremely looking forward to as I can hopefully get an insight of what the ‘real’ world is like in the world of a working and successful illustrator.
My hopes, which I am working on now, is to build up a successful portfolio which contains some of my best work which I am pleased with, with hopefully, all sorts of pieces that show I can be a high-quality illustrator.
I admit, I do have a few fears about the world after education, but I really do hope that the time left in university will help and give me the courage to go out into the big wide illustrating world.
One fear, which I am sure a lot of students have when their time in education has ended, is about getting a job in their particular field.
As I have said above, I am sure that talking to illustrators in the industry now, can help me with their experiences and hopefully give me some courage about when the time comes.
I have read a lot of interviews with particular illustrators, in the fashion world, who have given advice to up and coming ones, (I hope that will one day will be me!)
I do not want to say what illustrator said what as I am afraid they wouldn’t give me the permission to write it, so I will just say what I have read…
‘ Rob and steal. If one gets tired of doing this, then this will turn into your own style, if you do not get tired and carry on to rob and steal, one is not in the right industry and should look at doing another profession. ‘
‘Try to get better at what you do, all the time and stay away from the computer.’
If one wants to go into the fashion illustration industry, ‘learn more about the human body.’
‘Learn to adapt when the need arises but keep the portfolio tidy and not all over the place.’
‘Keep doing what you love and enjoy what you do.’
‘Push the boundaries… be unique and original.’
‘Respect your own personal style.’
‘Keep taking risks and don’t always aim to please.’
‘Never follow anything and do whatever you want to do and keep to it.’
‘ There is always someone who is harder working…’
The list is endless…
All these pieces of information are true and definitely worth following, which I do. It is rather nice that each and every illustrator has different tips so gives one more ideas to take in.
My favourite one, which is extremely good advice for me, is the second tip. ’Try and get better at what you do and stay away from the computer.’
As is known about me, I do use the computer in a very little way as I believe it is in a way, a bit of cheating. One has to be able to draw, if one wants to be a illustrator, one must be able to draw. One cannot rely on the computer to give you ideas and a good finished piece of work.
The opportunity I hope to have is that I will have a wide knowledge of the industry and with help from university I think I will.
They push us to stand on our own two feet and find out agencies and directors by our selves. I hope that I will gather the confidence, which comes with time, to be able to promote, and visit lots of people and I hope to get where some of my favourite illustrators and designers are.
The future is bright… I hope!
Wednesday, 12 January 2011
Tuesday, 11 January 2011
Coby Whitmore (1913-1988)
Kenneth Paul Block (1924-2009)
Bernard Blossac (1917-2001)
Throughout my college years, I was introduced to some of these artists/ illustrators. But as I have mentioned in my previous post, I didn't really take much notice as I was very much into other people. But, as I and my work have progressed through the years, I now look at the greats, as these few show.
Which I believe, is so very true.