...Actually it's a little over a month since I embarked on this blog, but I like the catchy title despite not having seen the film. So what have I learned so far? Well, that Rene Gruau, J.C. Leyendecker and David Downton are master fashion illustrators, and that Jason Brooks work leaves me cold but I've always favoured classical over contempory. In taking my own development forward, I need to start developing compositions which are creative, direct, simple and elegant. I'm working on some
In my continuing educational quest into the world of fashion illustration, what book do you think I bought to advance my knowledge? The clue is in the title of the posting dummy. Adam Hughes is not exactly renowned as a fashion illustrator, that's because he isn't one, but he is a big cheese in the comic book world. This book documents his revered cover run on comic titles such as Wonderwoman and Catwoman, where he drew women in only a way a red-blooded hetero would - flat chested women don't exist in his universe. In a fashion world littered with androgyny and a sublimation of the female form in order for clothes to hang 'right' on models, this book celebrates femininity, dynamism and strength, albeit in a slightly wet dream kind of way. The line work, rendering and technical knowhow are supremely precise and the compositions have real impact only artists working in the comic book genre know how to deliver. David Downton's work who I adore (doesn't everybody?), did a fantastic and award winning job on Australian Vogue in depicting Cate Blanchett, and I could see Adam Hughes excelling at something similar if he was ever commissioned to produce a cover on a glossy.
Just so you know, Adam Hughes and David Downton are the guys I want to emulate artistically. No point in aiming low. I will, er, start sharpening my pencil shortly. I mean that metaphorically since I draw with one of those clickerty pencils with replacement leads. That's the technical name for them.