When I was a child I used to draw a lot of portraits and my mum was my number one model. Maybe one day I'll rummage my stuff to find those drawings, to compare with the present ones and to see if I did any progress. Meanwhile (say hello to my classmates) take a look at my latest artworks, drawn with a black marker on B3. I'm thinking about digitizing them but not sure yet what for... Do you have any ideas?
I really love speed drawing. Especially when it's done incognito, in a public space like a cafeteria, beach or a bus stop. Capturing the moment in 5-15 seconds with essential gestures, moves and light wipes the mindfulness and is really amazing for me. I particularly like drawing with a black marker because it's bold and distinctly draws what's lightened and what's shady (like in this post). Not always my sketches are good enough to share them (honestly, majority of them is simply ugly) because I treat them as an exercise, not a final drawing, final product to be proud of. But I've chosen a few of my latest sketches which I find quite cool. Each of them was drawn in less than 2 minutes with a stopwatch in hand. How do you like them?
Lately I announced what you might be expecting on the blog in the upcoming 4 months and today, after having a short break (last week spent in the mountains), I'm starting to follow my plan. (The beginning of the Summer sounds pretty encouraging too)
Last month I've been wondering what actually defines a standard t-shirt and what can be changed or swapped in it to make it more modern and original but still preserving its essence.
1. Firstly, I noticed that the surface of the t-shirt doesn't need to be unimpaired and having some holes and ruptures defined by the pattern still gives us a clear shape;
2. What if we cut out some part of the sufrace and leave borders (neckline, ...) clear and untouched? It works too.
3. Adding some volume by creating folds gathered under the accented edge is a bit like negation to previous points and it even brings out the essence of the t-shirt rather than divagates with it.
4. Concentrating on the jersey nature of the t-shirt I'm trying to show that there can be several different types of this textile used to sew it
5. Developing my thoughts about surfaces, lines, borders and variety of textiles that can be used I layered two of them in a one garment and played a little bit with the bottom line - it's like mixing a crop top with a knitwear and finding the balance between, in a tee.
I'm sure there is a better option for styling those t-shirts than pairing them with pencil skirts but maybe it's better this way? To focus more on tees leaving the rest of the body more standardised? Or would it be better to work more on the whole silhouette and treat it as a collection? What do you think?
Remember as I wrote about etno-inspired prêt-à-porter collection? I ended up drawing eight projects. The very first part links more with Ndebele, the second part is more Maasai, but they blend each other well making it hard to define the direct inspiration. I've chosen the color rang and graphic patterns after analyzing the sources. Thought the wide collar detailing, bracelets and ethereal forms are more Maasai-like.
It's been a while since I've shown you my sketches for the last time. lately I did some doodles with the backlight to explore the line between the sun and the shadow which is extra bold in this case. Each one was drawn with 4B pencil and a random drawing paper in about 10 minutes. I had to admit once again that I simply love this kind of speed drawing, based on catching main proportions, directions and the light, where is only what's necessary shown.
Lately I'm all into augmented x-shaped silhouettes. Not too much about enlarging the upper part of my body because my proportions aren't perfect and I would look like 20 pounds heavier. Rather about bottoms standing proudly of the body to cover what should be covered. And I felt in love with mixing all possible textures. Kept in one coherent color range with some (not too garish) accents.
I'm currently sewing the first project with the blue jeans quilted coat and thick jersey jampsuit with the neckline down to the navel. I wont wear this with any top underneath because I alredy shaped the pattern and it fits really well that I don't need to worry about my boobs slipping put uncontrollably (which is the question the most frequently asked by my female friends). But I felt like, for the reason of composing the whole collection, I needed to put some net lace top down there. I think I shouId change the pattern for the coat but it's still not fixed and considered. I already booked the studio to do the shooting so I'll show you the result in 3 weeks ;)
And here you have a close up to my favourite silhouettes (excludiong the first one which will be posted in details with the editorial).
I'm learning. I'm doing the best I can right now, and I'm getting better with it every day - Peter Clifford