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!
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.
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.
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 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!
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
I was recently commissioned by the luxury travel brand Four Seasons to illustrate in the Fashion issue of their third issue. Articles to illustrate included a fascinating read by SC Stuart showing the impact of Artificial Intelligence on fashion design and where the future is taking us, by keeping a track and logging information on existing designs/trends. The next feature by Amanda Mull was on catwalk representation of women of many physical abilities and sizes. Finally I was asked to give my opinion on present fashion trends and for my take on reinvented designs from leading brands’ archives. I decided to work digitally on the iPad Pro, which is still a lesser area of my work, the suitability for the articles seemed most relevant. It’s always good to have some editorial work as a freelance illustrator as this is still our best showcase, seeing one’s work in print.
Kathy and I were invited to stay at Badrutt's Palace Hotel in St. Moritz to draw fashion portraits of their special guests for an event to celebrate 100 years of jewellery watch making. It was an informative talk in a beautiful suite in the world famous luxury ski resort. We prepared 'poses' before the event so watches could be photographed and printed onto watercolour paper which we then drew the portraits. The event was a huge success, Kathy and I managed to draw nearly 40 portraits between us in 3 hours. To view Kathy's work please visit www.kathywyatt.com . You can also read my agent illustration web’s blog here -https://www.illustrationweb.com/news/3695/bulgari_celebrates_with_live_event_drawing_duo
Kathy and I on the balcony of the Helen Badrutt Suite, photographed by brand ambassador Walter Lussu
I had a very exciting day last week at Soho House's Festival at Kenwood House. It was a hot day and my first time working at a festival outdoors. Luckily I had a shady spot on the edge of Private Drama's marquee where I was able to cast an odd glance at the amazing acts of circus-style performers. Their theme was very much 'The Greatest Showman' Vaudeville style with traditional acts being off-centred and updated, I felt honoured to be a part of their very grand marquee.
I had a great time over the Royal Wedding weekend, working on the first floor of the beautiful Regency building. Staff were very welcoming and it was great to work in a place with a lovely 'family feeling'! The glitzy opening evening was attended by the fashion glitterati who came to listen to Ginnie Chadwyck-Healey who gave a fabulous talk on the styling of Ralph's new collection. The following 3 days I spent linked up to a large monitor where guests were invited to try on the new collection, styled by the staff. I then sketched them on my iPad Pro, emailing the illustrations directly to them.
Had a lovely commission nearly 2 years ago to illustrate the cover for this book, it was then shelved for a year and when it returned, the cover was changed slightly and internal illustrations were added to each chapter. It's a really fun, playful read of Mohammadi's relocation to Florence and an insightful journey into this new world after a busy career, writing in London.
The morning started with Jacqueline sketching the bridal party including bridesmaids, her parents and the bride herself in the wonderful penthouse suite of Claridges Hotel in London. It was lovely to get caught up in the excitement whilst the girls were readying themselves for the glamorous wedding in Kensington. I started sketching at 11am and worked all day whilst the happy couple were getting married. Greeting them on their return downstairs in Claridges beautiful ballroom where I continued until 11pm illustrating guests during the cocktail reception and continuing whilst they dined. It was an exhausting day as I normally only work in 3-4 hour stints but lovely to be part of such a happy occasion!