Here’s a couple of my bright, fun spring designs for F&F Europe
Here’s a sketchy skull graphic pyjama I designed for F&F…
Some of my brief designs feature on FFmoda this season. Although they’re small and seemingly simple, 5pk briefs are one of the trickiest things I design. Often, it’s not one but 5 different ideas needed and they all have to sit together cohesively. For example in the bottom image, I had to think of 5 different pets, all doing different things. Ok, so a squirrel isn’t strictly a pet…
Here’s a little step by step process showing how I create watercolour placement graphics for regular silkscreen production.^ First, I design the basic layout using a wacom pen in illustrator.
^ Then I take each individual shape and separate it out onto an A4 page. I turn everything pale grey so I can see it on a print-out, but it won’t effect the watercolour.
^ Once the pale grey shapes are printed onto watercolour paper, I paint them in with black paint.
^ The painted shapes are scanned in at 500dpi. I up the contrast in levels and change the image size to 300dpi with Resample Image unchecked. I then convert the entire thing to bitmap with a diffusion dither.
Using the lasso, I select each individual shape, copy, then paste into my illustrator artwork.
^ I rasterise these shapes at 300ppi.
^ They can now be changed to any colour.
^ This process is then repeated with each separate element of the design, the original vector art is kept in place as a guide.
^ Once all of the separate elements are assembled, the artwork is ready for output.
My latest design in F&F. Goes up to age 13-14 so I was able to get one for my Mum.
My ‘Not A Morning Person’ nightie design is now on sale at F&F. I never know which of my designs are going to make it all the way through from development to production so its always a nice surprise when ones I really liked turn up in the range, like this one!
My Cheeky Monkey pyjama set with hand puppet featuring on FFModa.com, the online magazine of F&F Poland.
1st Girlswear design in store at Tesco. I started working with Tesco in May, and wasn’t expecing to see any of my designs hit the stores until spring 2011 as thats what we were working on then. This one must have been pulled forward though. Its been a long time coming but its a real buzz to see my work at Britains’ largest retailer.
This girlswear garment currently available at Next features graphics and repeat prints I created. heres the original artwork below:
Here are two handpainted watercolour designs I have done for Next Girlswear available here. Its tricky to produce artworks which have a true watercolour quality that can be commerically outputted with standard screen inks. I’ve developed a way of creating this kind of design which gives it a true painterly quality while only requiring standard output process with a limited number of screens.
Its a while since I designed this gothic graphic for Warehouse while I was still working in-house for a clothing manufacturer, but its now available to buy. It appears that since I last saw it the buyers have had their usual input and had some wings added and amended the central crest but theres no mistaking the print. It was always tricky to design for this client as the imagery they were prepared to use in the graphics was extremely limited, they wanted to acheive a gothic, etherial, All-Saints style without using skulls, crucifixes or other similar emotive imagery. I think this design strikes the balance though.
Two new lines I designed for Camille. Commercial, but still quite fun and very strictly to brief.
I have been working on lots of lovely hand-rendered girlswear designs for Adams recently. Its nice to have an opportunity to incorporate some original illustrations. This is one of my sketches I have been working with: