My friend, incredibly talented print designer Charlotte Allen has launched her new website, charlotte-allen.com and its looking incredible. After working for Paul Smith, Bolongaro Trevor and other big names in fashion, she is now full-time freelance and working on some exciting new projects. All the very best to her.
I’m working on ladies fashion today which makes a nice change from kids and nightwear. The brief (and I use that term loosely - when I do ladieswear, I rarely get a nice clear, specific brief) calls for etherial, ambiguous imagery with hand sketch and paint techniques. I always struggle when I’m faced with this kind of project as in essence its got to look like nothing, but its still got to be something and that’s a real challenge.
I’m enjoying splashing the paints around and doing some hand rendering though, and the eagle design above it the fruits of this mornings labours. I’ve got to produce at least another 3 in that vein though so I’d better get on…
I thought I’d show how I go about putting together my fashion graphics. This is just one process of a variety I use. I usually do most of my nightwear this way.
I’ve been working on high-volume commercial nightwear today. Above is one of the pyjama sets I designed. While this might not be the most cutting-edge, it is enjoyable and straightforward. And essentially, I’m still getting paid to sit and draw pictures all day.
The other day I blogged about feeling saddened by the poor standard of illustration and technical skill in commercial nightwear, pictured left are two of the sets I was shown as examples of bestsellers (these are not my designs). Well I guess we just have to give the public what they want!
Sometimes I’ll enjoy a brief so much more than others and find it really easy to complete, and theres no obvious reason why. the Britain’s Got Talent project has been one of these. Perhaps its a combination of a good client, who in turn has a good client, both really decisive and constructive. Above is a watercolour sketch design for boyswear based on the one I already did for girlswear which they loved
Hopefully this latest round of amendments and recolours is the last and the project will be signed off.
I had a lovely email from the designer at Adams with some great feedback on the recent watercolour designs I completed for her and a request for lots more work from me. Adams is another good client, with concise design briefs and clear design direction, and not too unnecessarily picky so I’m looking forward to the next couple of weeks working with them.
I’m back to the days of burning the midnight oil again. Which is no bad thing considering. This week I’ve been working on a real mixed bag, fistly some branding and World cup Ts for Tu Clothing, and today I’ve been splashing the paints around to create the watercolour print above for Adams girlswear. The rest of the week I’m back to Britain’s Got Talent, the boys range this time. And there was I thinking that with the downturn I’d finally get chance to enjoy working on some self directed projects. Maybe next week…
I’ve teamed up again with UK House Music label Lost My Dog to create a premium range of clothes and accrssories. The emphasis is on unique, hand rendered pieces of illustration to represent the brand. We’re launching with 4 exciting new designs and plan to regularly update the range with new one-off designs.
Check out the shop here…