Tuesday, 3 December 2013

Acne Studios & Burberry

Just a couple of illustrations I recently did. Follow me on Behance to be up-to-date with new stuff! I'm still working on my drawing style, which is probably one of the most frustrating things I've ever experienced. I'm beginning to think that I'll never be satisfied with the outcome, oh my life's miserable..

Monday, 21 October 2013

Art & Fashion Festival 2013

As some of you know, I was finally accepted to be part of the Fashion Drawing workshops during the Art & Fashion Festival in Poznań (Poland), which has been one of my biggest dreams. Seriously. Three years ago I felt pretty depressed that I didn't make it, but I think that nothing happens without a reason and apparently, I had to wait for the moment to come. During these 3 years I changed a lot, and so did my skills. I'm more aware of my strong and weak points, as well as how the fashion/graphic industry works. Now, after 10 days of doing workshops, I'm even more aware of that thanks to my wonderful teacher, Magda Antoniuk, my workshop colleagues and people from other classes. Although I didn't win the main prize*, I feel like it doesn't really matter because the Art & Fashion Festival showed me how far I've come with my drawing skills basically without anyone's help.

*these workshops were also a contest, in which one person of each group could win a summer course at Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design in London.

If you have a chance to apply, don't think twice about it and just do it. These workshops have introduced me to a variety of new possibilities and tested me on so many levels (not only in terms of my drawing skills). Too bad I can't participate more than once because I'd definitely do it again.

During the fashion drawing courses, Magda prepared 4 tasks for us, which showed us that doing illustrations isn't just doodling and stuff. It refers to more complex issues, such as doing research, preparing ideas to discuss them with a client, developing the ability to negotiate, and finding new ways to use your illustrations.

The first task was about working on a cover of a special edition of Nylon Singapore Magazine. We had to take into account the profile of a potential reader, who is a young female interested in fashion and new trends. That's why I portrayed an Asian model wearing fashionable sunglasses (I can't remember what kind of brand it is), and a black ribbon with an octopus (a pretty popular animal in Asia) hugging her neck and being a part of her clothing at the same time. Moreover, I wanted to highlight her freshness, beauty, innocence and curiosity. What I didn't want, however, was making her look too solemn.

Click on a particular illustration to make it bigger.

The second task referred to an advertising campaign of a given product, in this case it was Comme des Garçons' perfume, either Amazingreen or 2. I made both of them. :P I used 3 main ingredients of fragrances: 1) Magnolia's flowers, patchouli, and mandarines. 2) Ivy leaves, coriander seeds, and orris roots. The first two illustrations were shown at the exhibition.

Another task dealt with making an illustration which would advertise a fashion designer/brand we like the most. Last year's spring/summer collection of Saint Laurent inspired me so much that I prepared 5 pieces (3 of which were shown at the exhibition). My main aim was to present the vision of a female according to Saint Laurent - a woman who is elegant and mysterious, but at the same time seductive and self-confident. Black was my colour of choice and it turned out that it was perfect to highlight these qualities. The choice of flowers wasn't random as well. I used lilies and callas, which we associate with beauty, elegance and something grave.

For the last task we were working with a photographer, Maria Eriksson, the model Klementyna from D'VISION model agency and the make-up artist Slawka Sadowska. We had to think about an idea for a photoshoot and the function of a final product. My idea changed completely when I was working with Maria. As the model was spontaneously striking poses and the atmosphere became more and more austere, it suddenly came to my mind to use Hitchcock's "Birds" as an inspiration to develop a full story of my work. My main idea was to stress the dark, gloomy and mysterious atmosphere captured by the photographer, and to show the female's delicate nature, as well as to include elements of fashion. The crow is the base ofor the illustration. By being a part either of a female's body or clothing, it builds the feeling of anxiety. Moreover, it's a romanticized symbol of death. The second element of the drawings is the model's hair, which is surrealistic in its character. By drawing it in such a manner and juxtaposing it with a photograph, it was possible to show a certain contrast between different shades of grey and different ways of seeing a reality.

Apart from this, I was asked by my friend from the Fashion Writing workshops, Katarzyna Zbrojkiewiczto make an illustration for her article about how fashion determines one's lifestyle. I wanted to make it look simple and clear. My idea was to present the same woman but in two different circumstances. The woman in the foreground is a fashionable and luxurious vision of the woman in the background. By being dressed in Maciej Zień's outfit (mentioned in the article), she represents a woman of success and elegance, who pays attention to the way she dresses and behaves, whereas the other woman in the back is an ordinary female, who stays in the crowd by wearing plain clothes, and thus being almost invisible to other people.
See you at Art & Fashion Festival next year!

Monday, 22 July 2013

Fashion Illustration

As I was browsing the Internet last week, I came across a couple of decent galleries from fashion runways and I suddenly felt really inspired so that I had to grab a pencil and do something about it. This time, I used more colours (but my true love for black still remains the same). As it usually happens after such period of high productivity, whatever I do now, it sucks.
/A4, watercolours, black ink, technical pens, markers, Pentel Waterbrush FRH/

Zuzanna Bijoch in Dolce & Gabbana: Alta Moda 2013

Zuzanna Bijoch in Versace: Haute Couture Fall/Winter 2013/14

Dior: Haute Couture Fall/Winter 2013/14

Valentino: Haute Couture Fall/Winter 2012/13

Alexandre Vauthier: Haute Couture Spring/Summer 2013

Hector & Karger: AW 11/12

Zuzanna Bijoch in Simple Fall/Winter 2013/14

Saturday, 29 June 2013

Wanted: Thelma & Louise.

Here's something new: I'm more and more into collages. Two years ago was the last time I did it. Maybe some of you remember a series of collages I did for ARTenalia Festival. Now, when I'm looking at it, there're many things I would like to change but you know, I've always been pretty self-critical of everything I do.

This time, I wanted to create something slightly different with the use of cuttings from fashion magazines and I'm still trying to find new ways of doing it by taking a direction towards non-linear thinking, which makes the whole drawing stuff more abstract but it's not that easy as I expected. I like regularity and simplicity in my work and I can't help it. It's difficult to run away from it. I need more challenges and it seems to me that I've just found one.

Say hello to "Wanted: Thelma and Louise".
Exklusiv Magazine #92
Photo: Agata Pospieszyńska

PS: Yep, these are two Colt Detective Specials. - I generally don't show any interest in firearms but I have to admit that I fell in love with the Colt. Such a classy gun!
PPS: I love my new EPSON.

Friday, 14 June 2013

Twiggy Wannabe & Bella Bambina

I've been lately experimenting more with simple sketches done in a relatively short time (15 min. maximum), most of them are just fashion portraits. In the case of the illustration no 1, I was inspired by the photo found on D'VISION modelling agency's facebook fan page but I don't remember the name of the model - one thing I remember is that she is 13 or 14 years old (which surprises me a little bit because she looks as if she were a grown-up woman). Anyway, here we have a girl who resembles (imo) Twiggy.
The second piece is also influenced by some photo I found on the Internet, I guess it's from some sort of a fashion magazine but I rearranged the background and the model completely so that the whole picture doesn't look like the original version.
Note to myself: I really have to write down the source of my inspiration. /facepalm/