Below are some birthday cards made for friends Hannah and Sadie... Both done in pencils, pen and water colour. Totally tropical. Although I haven't been posting my drawings on here, I beaver away making lots and lots as an in-house illustrator for a fun agency. Birthday cards are a fun way to share my own drawings with my pals, but I'm considering having some designs printed and putting them on sale. Watch this space as my plan develops, and I plan to post more drawings here soon. x
A few months ago I was commissioned to produce a set of illustrations for a gorgeous vintage inspired label called Silk and Sawdust. It's crazy it's taken me this long to post about it, as I'm really proud of it. I worked closely with the designer Claudia, to show her collection of beautiful dresses being worn on models whose aesthetics were inspired by the aesthetic of particular eras. Claudia's reference imagery was really beautiful, as were the clothes I was depicting so it was a super fun project to work on. Below are the final images that have been used on the website, lookbook and promotional postcards for the collection. They are done using pencil and watercolours. Take a look at the website www.silkandsawdust.com to see them in action.
2013 has been an exciting year so far for NKOYO. One of the events I've taken part in is Designers Maker's monthly Spitalfields market. It was deathly cold, but really fun and successful, and I will definitely be doing it again. The markets run once a month and feature the best of designer maker's talent. As well as my main scarf and accessory collection, I also sell one-off drawings and prints that aren't available anywhere else, so it's worth getting down there...
details can be found on the NKOYO facebook page, so give it a 'LIKE'
I'm also running a littel promotion for Mother's Day. (It's Sunday 10th March) and is always a popular time, so I'm offering 30% off everything until Midnight 10th March. Just add 'MOTHER10' in at the checkout when you make a purchase.
I have been doing a lot of print design at the moment, which I'm really enjoying. Both in designing new winter scarves for NKOYO and freelancing. Alongside this I am getting the chance to do more and more illustration work, which is super duper. In particular an old friend asked me to do some illustrations for a new business venture of hers. She's designing and making a range of homeware and wanted some fashion illustrations to go on the website, with a narrative running through it. Revolving around a seductive male female power-struggle. Above is a preliminary sketch I did for the project. I channelled one of my favourite programmes; Madmen, and was inspired by one of my favourite characters; Betty Draper/Price. January Jones (best name ever ever) is almost like an animated fashion illustration; luminous, cray and beautiful all at once. Love it. I look forward to showing off the final drawings when the site is up and running.
Thought I'd share some of the illustrations I was asked to do for CANDID magazine that weren't used. I really liked doing these motifs, as I felt they merged my print design and illustration skills. I used pencil, paint and good ol' photoshop.
I was asked by the kewl people at CANDID magazine to do some illustrations for their 5th issue. Pretty much the dream brief for me, the fashion editor Stephanie sent over show shots from Mary Katrantzou and Erdem, and editorial shots by Steven Meisel, wanting colour, florals and print.
I worked to a pretty tight scedule, because of other comminttments, so I'm pretty pleased with the outcome. Candid Magazine a digital publication for arts, fashion, film and music. Read issue 5 HERE
I had a chat with the ever wonderful cheerleader for cool new design Amelia Gregory recently for Amelia's Magazine. We talked about NKOYO, my design process and the world of scarves in general. She also asked me to do a fashion illustration to go alongside it, which was a real treat. It's inspired by one of her questions on how to wear the scarves, to which I said I loved the trend of turbans. The drawing came out really African inspired which I really like.
Have a look at the article HERE
Thanks Amelia xx
Hey so twitter's kinda fun right? I saw the brilliant Amelia Gregory was calling for illustrators to accompany her article on A La Disposition and their SS12 collection preview before lfw. I love the blog and the emphasis she gives to emerging illustrators, so of course I gave it a whirl. Here are my three illustrations. And HERE is the article. Cool huh?
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David Downton is without doubt my favourite Fashion illustrator, if not illustrator full stop. Litz die for his work. So expressive and feminine yet raw and sexy. He's so mayj. My melancholy meandering up escalators to and from the tube are made more glamourous and bearable by his work for Fenwicks. LOVE.