What happens when you take REDValentino‘s Spring 2020 collection, as well as old Vogues, and sprinkle some manga in there… Well, I guess this Fashion Illustration is born. I had been working on writing my first manga, “Lost in the Crowd”, when Fashion Week rolled around, so I think they merged a little. This was the first collection of the season that I saw, and I was instantly drawn in by the garments’ silhouettes and the setting. It reminded me of a tucked away little garden. Ever since I was a kid and first saw the movie “The Secret Garden”, the concept of hidden gardens and hidden spaces has fascinated me. I think that is why in every concept sketch I did for this piece, I kept coming back to this garden setting. The illustration was with pen, ink, and water color. It also feature two of my favorite models, Heather Marks & Lisa Cant.
While doing research for “Lost in the Crowd”, I’ve been reading a handful of different mangas. I’ve been blown away and massively inspired by Mangaka’s control of value and tone, which made me lean toward a simplified, almost block print style coloring. Thank you to all who have been following along with my Instagram Story over the 3-4 days. I’m blown away and touched by all your kind DMs and comments. It means a lot to me. Thank you 🙏. I will have a few process/timelapse videos of this piece coming out soon. Just need to start editing them. I’m really happy with how it turned out. What do you think?
I added a limited edition print of this piece called “Secret Garden” to my new store. Also, added the original to the store; it’s called “Red Garden“. I’m super excited about both the print and the original. They are really beautiful to see in person :). The prints and the original are Seasonal, which means they will only be publicly available until October 13th. Click the titles to go to the store.
A few months back I had the incredible honor of doing the album cover for Say Anything‘s final album. I’ve been friends with Max Bemis for years, but this was the first time we got to collaborate on a project together. Max is really fun to work with. He has a clear vision for what he wants but gives you tons of freedom to interpret his vision. That’s exactly how I like to work. I’m really happy with the final result. The album’s character, Oliver, is a complicated character dealing with a lot of internal and external conflicts. I wanted him to have a face that draws you in and makes you wonder what he is thinking. I hope you like it. If you want to buy the album or merch, click here I posted the mediums used on this piece below in the “Explore” section.
p.s. Congrats Max on your final Say Anything album, and thank you for letting me be apart of it. ;)
I made this video as an early release/ 4 month exclusive on Patreon at the start of the year. I always love how drawing process videos turn out. Seeing hours of work compacted down into minutes is oddly satifying. Often times I don’t know know what I’m doing as I’m drawing, and I think the videos capture the spontaneity on the whole drawing process. The video documents me doing study sketches of model Katiusha Feofanova. I wanted to pratice drawing people from all angles to improve on my character design. I hope you like the video. The video has been sped up 5000% faster than realtime. The Music is from Akira Kosemura album One Day.
This study sketch features model Renata Gubaeva. I saw this photo of her on Instagram, and this drawing was born. The sketch was done with pencil, pastel, and digital color. I’m working on finishing some drawings for this month’s Patreon rewards. If you are not a patron yet, I would love to have you as part of the Patreon Family. You can sign up for as little as $1 a month and get discounts on art, downloads, etc. If you are interested click here 😊
I did this drawing a few months ago, when I working alot in charcoal. The Drawing is pencil, Charcoal, and white Charcoal on toned paper. The dress is inspired by a christian lacroix dress from his spring 2004 Collection. The picture turned out alot better than I could have hoped. I’m Still learning how to use charcoal, so you will be seeing alot more charcoal drawings in the near future. Leave a comment below and let me know your thoughts :-)
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Coming from an illustration/contour drawing background, I’ve been working on improving more loose shape based drawing and painting. This sketch of Julia Hafstrom is inspired by John Singer Sargent. I used green construction paper and color pencils and lightly scribbled in Julia’s form. I tried to focus on it feeling right, instead of worrying about it being accurate.
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Another underpainting I’m working on this week. This painting is of a photograph I took of the lovely Julia Hafstrom. I was trying something a little different with this one. I wanted to experiment more with technique, so I’m working on channeling my inner John Singer Sargent. I wanted to learn how to be more confident and bold in my brush work. It has been really stretching, but I’m loving how it is coming out so far. I hope you enjoy following along as all these paintings transform.
Over the last few weeks I’ve been working on four oil paintings. Yesterday I put in a lot of time on this oil painting, to finish the dead layer. The character is starting to come to life. The Latri is a character from our book series. The inspiration of the look of the Latri came from a doll by a Beijing based doll maker Ksusha Zhang. I can’t wait to start on the >color layer. It will be interesting to start on the next phase.
For those following my instagram stories over the last few weeks, you have got to see the birth of this piece. It started out as one of my daily gesture sketches of an old editorial of Mona Johannesson. I had made the mistake of using printer paper to do the drawing and as I started to shade it the paper wasn’t holding up. I ended up scanning it and finishing the drawing via Digital Painting. There was something I liked a lot about the sketch so I decided to develop it further. I’ve been really into 1500-1600 century painting and tapestries. Based on those inspirations, I started to concept the piece to be a scene from my brother’s and my up coming book series. There are a lot fun little details in this piece. Also, some guest appearances in the tapestry of Lily Cole, Alexander McQueen, and Simon Ungless. I hope you like it. I’m planning a color version right now, then I will oil paint it.
P.S. I want to thank Mona for letting me use her dog Selma in the painting. It is one of my favorite parts of the piece. :)