I had a large project to illustrate the scene of Bellevue- a luxury shopping mall in Seattle during the summer for their Fall 2019 runway shows. I had to fit a certain amount of figures onto the background which were also to be used independently for billboards, flyers, VIP passes and giveaway tote bags. It was a lovely job to work on and was great to finally see the printed material in September.
We had the honour of illustrating guests at a grand wedding at Cliveden, a celebrity hangout in Berkshire hosting royalty and infamous guests such as Christine Keeler and Mandy Rice-Davies in the swinging Sixties- whose Profumo scandal brought down the Labour government!
It was a glittering pool side evening reception, with guests, casually attired and relaxed eating and chatting whilst Kathy Wyatt and I sketched on iPads and in ink. The guests were given a choice whether to have digital illustrations emailed to them or hand drawn to take away. We were both shattered at the end of the night having heads down and drawing like crazy for 3 solid hours!
Jacqueline illustrates the trends that we should be looking to wear this Autumn. New trouser shapes include wide and flared hems in jeans, large scale checks worn with capes, tight bodysuits and large fake fur jackets. Lace dresses and blouses featured at Yves Saint Laurent and Christopher Kane. Colour blocking featured widely among the collections at Ann Demeulemeester , Gucci, Prabal Gurung and Nina Ricci. Utility is a huge trend at Stella McCartney with large florals and capes abound at Richard Quinn. Oversized windowpane checks including giant dogtooth were shown at Chanel with elegant hats which featured, bucket-style at Gucci and Nina Ricci and many others. Accessorizing is huge this season!
Enjoy your new looks for the season, always a favourite after wearing flip flops and shorts all summer!
I had great fun with the guests at a party recently, particularly as some were dressed as 1980’s pop stars like Debbie Harry, Chrissie Hind & Siouxsie Sioux who were all really good to draw!
I had donated my time as ‘event illustartor’ to our local primary school, raising money at an auction, a local lady won the bid who happens to work in fashion, which made for a very colourful guest list and friends flown in from as far afield as Sydney, Australia. It was a really lovely evening and I think the drawings reflect my relaxed state!
I had another wonderful day on Hampstead Heath, working with the Private Drama events team. What an amazing group of performers! Set up on the edge of their ‘big top’, I kept catching glimpses of acrobats spinning, hanging, balancing- incredible! It was a super hot day with a lovely crowd of interesting people who I drew and chatted to for 5 hours. Afterwards I even managed to catch Groove Armada for a few tracks!!!
I met Melanie last year when she visited my studio to be sketched by me & to interview me for her blog. I guess her idea of featuring ‘interesting people doing interesting things’ grew into something more and she has now got together with a team and launched a wonderful online magazine aimed at women over forty. With refreshing articles on everything from health& well being, fashion, beauty, travel, motoring and cuisine, it’s an interesting read. You can read the first issue here https://issuu.com/thefrankmagazine/docs/frank_magazine_april_may
For the second issue I chose a wonderful outfit by VB Victoria Beckham’s range which is so cute- I love the sunglasses print and cute ruffled skirt. Her collection is full of sharp cutting and flattering asymmetry. pu can read the second issue here https://issuu.com/thefrankmagazine/docs/frank_magazine_june_july
This month Vogue Japan asked regular contributor Jacqueline, to illustrate an article on bone education in the form of exercises and dietary suggestions for keeping them healthy. With focus on the pelvis and spine, the illustrations brightened a serious topic for overall well being for the body.
Jacqueline’s digital portraits welcomed guests into their flagship store last month. Drawing some customers with their beloved dogs and some overseas visitors who could receive their digital portraits by email by the time they arrived home.
This is Jacqueline’s ninth book cover for Katie Fforde’s number One best sellers
Jacqueline returns to Louis Vuitton in Birminghams Selfridges to illustrate customers and their children at a special weekend event. “ I met some wonderful ladies and the children were delightful, I even had some cuddles from little girls who really enjoyed having their portraits painted with their mummies!” Jacqueline had a special request from one mother to have her portrait done whilst breast feeding her little one.
Jacqueline had the pleasure of producing some evocative watercolours for Belmond in a ‘Celebration of Style’ for a very special event. The watercolours were printed onto beautiful A5 cards and posted to recipients in a logo’ed box wrapped in tissue paper!
The guests’ journey began at Belmond Hotel Cipriani, indulging in the timeless elegance Venetian style. The next day they boarded an overnight train to London, enjoying the luxurious first class dining on the World’s most famous train.
Fourteen Influencers were treated to their very own Jacqueline Bissett full length fashion portrait last month as part of Decorté’s promotion. “I had some wonderfully glamourous looks to draw, I felt that I had a glimpse of these stylish ladies’ lives. It was great fun portraying them in ink! It was lovely to connect with some of them on Instagram and
For the illustrations, Jacqueline used ink, collage with gold sparkly ink for the Decorté brand logo
I had the pleasure of working in my favourite store Selfridges again, last weekend. Decorté invited me to draw live for 2 days, sketching their customers whilst they shopped. The brand is very popular in Japan and they are promoting to coincide with the Lunar New Year. Selfridges as always, had a wonderful, lively atmosphere.
I had the pleasure of drawing 14 contestants for ‘Mrs Legend’ an International beauty pageant organisation. Commissioned by their sponsor Pragnell Jewellers, I sat in an elegant suite in the Four Seasons Hotel at Tower Hill, drawing the glamourous ladies’ portraits . Each portrait took @ 12-15 minutes though I had a small amount of preparation pre-event so I had some of the guests’ sketched out’ in rough pencil format already- this took some of the time pressure off!
I had the joy recently of collaborating with fantastic illustrator/animator Gary Mayes. Whilst preparing for a job we realised that we had a little time and it would be beneficial for us to do a little ‘test’, what better way than to wish you all a ‘Happy New Year’ ?!
I drew approx. 150 frames which then Gary took away and worked his magic.
I hope you enjoy our little ‘film’ and look forward to showing you more collaborations soon
Best wishes for 2019
I had the pleasure a couple of weeks before Xmas to sit in Louis Vuitton’s Sloane Street Boutique whilst special customers did their Xmas shopping, trying on the latest collection of LV bags, scarves, shoes and clothing from their Winter collection. I decided to use brush pens at this event for the first time due to the cream carpet. I’ve never actually spilt any ink at an event but as there were children and even dogs present, I decided to ‘play it safe’! It made or a challenging morning but I really enjoyed chatting with the guests and their families whilst sketching away- a great Christmas vibe in Knightsbridge!
Yesterday I drove up to Banbury to draw guests at Aynhoe Park for Pragnell Jewellers. Booked by Susannah at Couture Events to draw at a lavish party for their loyal customers. Pragnell’s is a family owned business with stores in Leicestershire and Mayfair as well as their flagship store in Stratford-Upon-Avon. They sell the most exquisite jewellery, made in house by master craftsmen and sold alongside luxury watches such as Cartier, Rolex, Patek Philippe.
The orangery at https://aynhoepark.co.uk/ where I worked sketching guests, was adorned with taxidermy leopards, a toucan and a giraffe, seemingly being lifted by gigantic porcelain balloons.
It really was the most ostenatious location that I’ve ever had the pleasure to work in! Out of the window next to me was a stunning view over the parkland which was full of deer. My guests kept spotting huge stags whilst I drew their portraits. It was a crazy busy 5 hours with barely time to change my paint water, but a thoroughly enjoyable day!
Jacqueline was recently commissioned by the online retailer of gorgeous luxury clothing and accessories from Balenciaga, Prada, Gucci and other leading designers’ latest collections.
‘Inner Circle’ and ‘Front Row’ customers from this month will receive beautifully illustrated newsletters, invitations to fashion shows and personal shopping events.
I’ve been with illustration ltd for over 10 years and in this time I’ve seen my workload grow. The variety of commissions that the lovely team bring in from all over the world, is really exciting. I’ve had jobs that have taken me to LA, Qatar, Bahrain, St. Moritz and Paris many times. During last week my illustrations ‘took over’ illustrationweb’s Instagram page and they featured me on Twitter and Facebook.
Below is my ‘Scrapbook’ which includes Q&A’s and a downloadable poster
I have 2 portfolios featured with illustration Ltd- one for my general commissions and another for my live event work which has become really popular in the past 10 years, not just with me but many other fashion illustrators. Illustration ltd have offices in London, Paris, Hamburg, New York, Mumbai, Shanghai, Singapore and Sydney
If you haven’t already seen my portfolio on my agent’s website, please do! www.illustrationweb.com/jacquelinebissett
I worked on a huge animation project with Uber Digital design company on hundreds of sketches animated by Uber for a short film to show their sustainable, nature fibre product. The digital illustrations on iPad Pro using Procreate showed 3 different looks ‘Slounge’, ‘Urban’ and ‘Bar Noir’ in relevant settings which I also illustrated along with nature elements. The very talented crew at Uber Digital in London used Rotoscope animation to create a wonderful short film. For more info, visit their website https://www.uberdigital.com/work/eastman/experience-naia