For illustration week I wanted to focus my attention on conceptual and abstract art to convey garments. My aim was to understand, explore and refine illustration to advance my own fashion drawings in my own work.
Initially, I created a concept board for inspiration and direction for when illustrating myself. I decided to look at the work of already established illustrators whose work has been showcased at the Floral Street Illustration pop-up shop 'SHOWstudio' during October and November 2017. Their style and unique finished outcomes are something I brought into my own illustrations: unfinished, collage, and fine line work that I also incorporated into my concept board.
Using work from a previous illustration workshop focusing on life fashion drawing, I created a design board. Following the inspiration from my concept board, I chose drawings were I had used continuous lines, pops of colour, and those unfinished. I then photographed these images, cropping them and enlarging certain parts to single out specific techniques which I can expand upon in my final presentation.
In my presentation board to showcase my final illustration, I used a variety of illustration techniques which the inspiration can be seen in both inspiration boards. I wanted to keep the faces of both of my illustrations the face to keep a sense of cohesion and fluidity. Alternatively, I explore completely contrasting techniques from the garments and bodies. Inspired by the acetate illustration I had originally put on my concept board and inspired by the incomplete and colour pop illustration on ***, I used a glue gun to create an invisible outline. I then used sharpies to add the colour. For the other illustration, I used ink to translate a very minimalist outfit: high neck, short-sleeved and panelled skirt.
I think the outcome of my final illustrations could have been improved with more exploration and expand on these drawings also. The constructive criticism I received also reflects my own opinion of the board. Such criticisms include "you could incorporate more detail from the garments like creases and crimps in the clothing which would help convey the fashion aspect of the fashion drawing." Using this feedback, I think I will still keep the models but instead add more focused illustrations on either tracing paper or acetate. This will add texture as well as detail to work.