No one will identify über-model Karlie Kloss in this color pencil sketch – but then the same could be said in Tim Walker’s photograph of her, taken for a British Vogue fashion editorial back in 2010. That’s alright, as that wasn’t my aim.
And when I returned to using my own hand in my art, I hadn’t intended to focus a whole lot on mastering figure drawing. [Nor did I intend to use color pencils all that much!] Yet between this extraordinary pose and vibrant greens, I just couldn’t resist the challenge.
Right before posting I have a great temptation to change the title of this painting to “The Three Muses” – or, “The Three Graces”. Truthfully? I haven’t got the whole “Gods and Goddesses” background to pull it off. Not to mention that the costume designs were inspired by an era when The Flapper was all the rage…
This gouache painting measures approximately 10.5” x 8.5”.
The gown. That hair! Solange, that is. And with such an already musical name like that, why call this anything else? The source of it all can be seen on Elle.
I used some metallic watercolors for this 9″ x 12″ painting – a size which exceeds my scanning bed. The glint of the metallic gets lost on a monitor but I’m happy enough with the outcome here.
I went crazy for some coiled hair. The coiled hair and the model’s silhouettes. Both, I found in Chanel’s Spring 2017 campaign. [I found out later that the model’s name appears to be Arizona Muse and she was photographed by Karl Lagerfeld.] As for calling this piece “Tarmac”, all I can say on that is that it felt like the right fit.
In this painting, I have photographer Jorge Badura to thank. Harper’s Bazaar, in their November 2016 issue, called in Badura to photograph an editorial that had featured a group of fantastic, skyscraper scaling, aerialists who took to the skies while dressed in haut coutures.
Hence the title: Diaphanous Scaling [“Gelato” painting, 14″ x 10″]
Rita Ora is featured within “Paper” magazine’s October issue, wearing a Roberto Cavalli dress – which in reality is what I would call a peacock-blue color. While Rita is a sensation, that Cavalli dress just had to taken for my Diaphanous series. And whatever the blue that it is, I rendered it instead in orange. The two alien objects depicted were taken from the same editorial [photographed by Nicolas Moore – no relation] are tracings from Rita’s zig zag bobby pinned crown.
Many people without any artistic skills might view classic fashion illustrations as seemingly effortless to pull off. [When I say “classic”, David Downton comes to mind.] Those people would be so wrong. The key to creating a striking piece, I would say, has more to do with just the right amount of restraint. In this Gelatos medium image, which I call “Les Autres Femmes” [The Other Women], I’d be the first to say I didn’t nail it. And there is a story behind it – but that will remain my secret.
Les Autres Femmes
In 1956, a photographer [without credit] from the Press Association caught Brigitte Bardot while she was in Cannes. To me, the dress that Bardot was wearing in this image appeared as joyous as the look on her face:
Brigitte Bardot, 1956
Below, is my own spin – which I painted using water colors:
A real fashion mashup I have in this 9″ x 8″ gouache painting. While formulated from three found sources, it wouldn’t have that shadowed woman without a photo that had been taken by Willy Vanderperre. I’ll leave the painting’s story to you.
It would seem that photographer David Sims has become one of “my darlings”. Although I couldn’t find the name of the model [depicted just below] who wears this Burberry dress in Vogue’s October 2015 issue. In my 5.75″ x 9″ watercolor, I produced my colorized version.
For Sonia Rykiel’s Spring 2016 collection, Juergen Teller – a photographer who I’ve long considered as phenomenal – produced the looks for the ad campaign. In this gouache triptych, one of Rykiel’s dresses is duplicated. [In part in the top panel and in full, sans model Georgia May Jagger, in the bottom panel.] Floating between the top and bottom panels, a Balenciaga ruffled detail was used.
From the pages of Harper’s Bazaar. [Their March 2016 issue.] Calvin Klein trousers – as photographed by Camilla Akrans – and ruffles as seen in a Balmain ad. I painted the triptych here using “Gelato” colors, which I mixed only with water.