Sunday, June 13, 2010

Daniel Egneus - Illustrator

Swedish designer Daniel Egneus seeks inspiration from everyday life. His creations are dreamy, vibrant, whimsical and beautiful. With no formal training, Egneus has proven a success with an eclectic range of clients including BMW, Haagen-Dasz, Pepsi Cola Espagna, Playboy and Marie Claire.

Saturday, June 12, 2010

Sophie Toulouse

French artist Sophie Toulouse is a fashion illustrator working in the realms of digital media. Toulouse creates her work on a large scale, bringing her contemporary graphic designs to life on gallery walls all over the world. Her works are graphic, detailed and imaginative. Her philosophy about art and her work is that it is a form of therapy, both for herself and her audience. Toulouse also sees her lifestyle and her relationship with her work as a relaxing luxury, only ever working for two hours at a time, in between going for walks, coffee or a chat to give herself a balance and freedom to really enjoy her time creating when she does.

This is an illustration I did of one of Sophie Toulouse's digital works in felt tip.

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Maren Esdar - Mixed Media Collage

Maren Esdar is a German born fashion illustrator specialising in mixed media collage. Esdar completed studies in the areas of styling and illustration, using these experiences to create unique, surreal and imaginative artworks.

Through her works, Esdar explores strong themes and imaginations with past works seeing connections between the topics of human fears and phobias, with one such collection titled arachnophobia. The relationship between cruelty and beauty has also been touched in her illustrations. Her works are a fabulous reference point and an imaginative source of inspiration.

Sunday, June 6, 2010

Lisolette Watkins

A gorgeous fashion illustrator who has inspired past illustrations of mine is Swedish born Lisolette Watkins. On May 24 I posted an entry about Cassandra Rhodin and I thought her illustrations looked really similar to Watkins in the way that both use bold lines, feminine muses and portray their subjects with large alien-like eyes.

Lisolette Watkins studied at the Dallas Art Institute and has worked for the likes of Vogue and Elle.

Monday, May 31, 2010

Album of the Week! - Bright Eyes, I'm Wide Awake, Its Morning

A couple of days ago I became re-acquainted with a beloved band of mine called Bright Eyes. They are the perfect sound to listen to when you are indoors on a drizzly day painting or drawing on a creative afternoon.

I was listening to this particular album when painting my final artwork for the HSC back in 2005 and am always reminded of the process and those long days and nights painting away with Bright Eyes softly chiming in the background.

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Cassandra Rhodin

Another gorgeous fashion illustrator I have been inspired by is Swedish born Cassandra Rhodin. She uses pencil and watercolour to create wide-eyed, alien-like female forms. If you check out her website at the moment you will see her exhibition "Animal Planet" where the female forms in her work have been teamed with animals such as chameleons, zebras and leopards.

Monday, May 24, 2010

Fashion Illustrator - Judit Garcia-Talavera

Judit Garcia-Talavera is an amazing fashion illustrator based in Barcelona, Spain. Her medium is watercolours and inks creating soft, feminine works of art. I have included some favourites of mine below including one of Dita Von Teese, but have a look on her website for more gorgeous illustrations and follow her on her blog as well!

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

DIY High Fashion

The days of DIY and handcrafts are coming back and in a big way! Couture houses such as Chanel and Dries Van Noten are even joining in with Chanel creating gorgeous headpieces out of standard printer paper for their Spring 2009 runway show and Dries Van Noten discovering eclectic jewellery from vintage collected bangles. Vivienne Westwood is another designer showing fashion is a mix of the new, old and recycled, from top to toe, realising this concept in her Spring/Summer 2009 collection.

Monday, May 17, 2010

Album of the Week! - Muse 'Neutron Star Collision (Love is Forever)

Muse has to be one of my favourite all time bands. They originally hail from England and have been making incredible music since 1994. To see them live would be an amazing experience as they bring the stage to life with their electric energy, putting together extravagant performances with incredible light sequences being a trademark in their productions.

I could not find an image of the soon to be released album so I added an image of an actual neutron star collision, I thought it looked pretty cool! Their new album release coincides with the release of the new instalment from the Twilight Saga, 'Eclipse'. The title track 'Neutron Star Collision (Love is Forever), which I am sure you all are familiar with by now because it features in the film, is unbelievable and of course a favourite. If you had not hopped onto the Muse bandwagon yet, you will be now because they are incredible artists and never cease to impress. Don't forget their previous work though! I highly recommend the whole album Absolution, every single song on it, check it out!

Below is some more album artwork...

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Lady Gaga - A Walking Art Piece

While researching stud work for my collection this year, I came across this fantastically menacing look donned by none other than Lady Gaga. This heavily studded hood looks like some kind of torture device from the middle ages, dripping with spikes, it looks like it would be a huge weight to bare for a long period of time! I liked the harsh contrast between the hood and the cream conservative coat she is wearing.

Below are some more of Gaga's eccentric headpieces...

Monday, May 10, 2010

Iain Crawford's Creative Photography

Iain Crawford is a London based fashion and beauty photographer. Crawford is a visionary in capturing powerful moments in time through his fashion photography.As bright, bold splashes of ink and powder impact his subjects, Crawford captures the intensity and drama of these chaotic moments. His photographs look delicious and edible through his use of vibrant, hybrid colours and exotic textures.

You could imagine there would be a lot of cleaning up after Crawford's photo shoots, imagine how the models must feel!