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 am really proud to be supporting the YMCA Open House ( @YMCADLG) in Hove next month for Brighton's hugely successful May Festival. If you've ever wanted to purchase some art or just follow the Artist's Open House Trail- this is your perfect opportunity! This year I have decided to show my costume life drawings for the first time. As a fashion illustrator, you should always keep in touch with your life drawing skills and draw from a model where possible. It's not as easy as it looks and is a lifelong learning technique which never fails to excite me! Here will be a chance to purchase some of my original clothed life drawings in Pastel and Charcoal. All details are on the poster below...
The launch of Malée's new soy candles in Harvey Nichols coincided with Mother's Day so I had a busy 2 days illustrating portraits on tote bags in the Beauty Lounge on the ground floor.
I've been enjoying a fabulous collaboration with Malée whose natural beauty products are divine! With ingredients and inspiration from Africa, the products are gorgeous- my favourites are the Conditioning Body Scrub in Verdure which makes your skin SO soft, finish with their gorgeous moisturising oil. These are great products with a wonderfully resfreshing scent and not too feminine so even my husband approves!
Last month we worked on a little 'film' for the illustration work that I did for the packaging. The brief was to be inspired by Malée Masquerade photographs to create something lively and be able to reproduce in different colour ways for the 3 scents.
Had a fab time in Qatar last week. An incredibly busy week which doubled in size after meeting the owner of Van Cleef & Arpels himself. I was meant to work monday and tuesday and ending up there all week. Drawing the most glamourous ladies in Doha, I captured them in pencil in @ 10 minutes, working up to 10 hours per day! It's exhausting work but incredibly satisfying. I must've drawn 100 special guests over the course of the week. Managed to have a little time sightseeing- Doha is like a mini Dubai with many modern skyscrapers. There's an underground system being constructed in time for the World Cup in 2022. The Jewellery and Watch exhibition (@DJWE2017) was opened by the Prince of Qatar and attended by many VIP guests.
Self directed seasonal 'sketchbook' working from the latest collections from luxury brands and top fashion houses. Loose watercolour inks splashed around the page to portray the new candy bright colours of Spring/ Summer 2017. Featuring Balenciaga's fabulous Spandex trouser/boot combo with more than a nod to 1970's disco. There are a lot of early '80's influences around at the moment in both colour and styling.
Previous seasons illustrations featuring designs by Gucci, Louis Vuitton, Oscar De La Renta,, Dior and Prada from 2015. I'm always drawn to the fabulous new colours/prints- LOVE these bright colours!
last week I was invited to draw customers at Armani's Sloane Street store for a sparkling evening event, attended by business women and lecturers, it was a thoroughly inspiring evening.
2 days later I found myself drawing at Fenwick of Bond St in the West End for Armani Collezioni. Customers were gifted with a framed fashion portrait by yours truly.
Fashion Undressed weekend fashion workshops, giving an insight into different areas of the fashion business. I gave 2 90 minute workshops, showing students how to work from magazine tear sheets and giving tips and advice on working as a fashion illustrator.