As many of you may have seen over on my Instagram or on my portfolio I am sharing a lot more fashion based work and less of what I am known for in the illustration world which is tattoos and bearded men. After receiving emails from a few disgruntled “fans” of my work who have purchased my big pops and strong man prints and wondered where my trusty doodle style have gone, and my answer is nowhere I still draw those bearded tattoo men but I guess if an artist draws the same style or image constantly they fancy a new direction occasionally. I have always been a big fan of fashion, fashion designing and loving clothes.
One of my many goals as a young child was to grow up to be a fashion designer, I loved it, I became obsessed with Audrey Hepburn and would spend hours chatting, sewing and drawing with my Granma, absorbing anything she cared to share about her love of fashion and creating.
So I thought I owed it to myself and my dear sweet Granma to not let those doodles and styles stay cooped up in my old sketchbooks, hiding them from the world I would share them and develop my skills in something I love. They have been received well which is wonderful, I even got the chance to illustrate an article for Into the fold magazine which was lovely head over and have a good old read about being an intern at a fashion magazine.
I’m not going to lie its still a tiny little part of me that wishes to be a fashion designer, how fab would that be? I don’t think I’m cut out for that kind of world, but being able to draw beautiful garments, hone my skills and have my work appreciated is a wonderful feeling. I think being from a fine art background it has given me a insatiable need to create work and to keep learning, my style does matter to me and creating a “voice” in my art but I believe like any other job or skill in life it needs to keep being fed and have the room to grow, so I’m giving my root plenty of water and nourishment and just enjoying and loving what I do.
HOPE YOU’RE HAVING A WONDERFUL WEEKEND.