I created these illustrations for clothing brand Uniqlo which have been featured on Vogue.co.uk. They show the evolution of the bra through time, from the corset to what we know today and everything in between. The illustrations were created using a mixture of pencil, watercolour and digital methods.
One aspect I really love about my job is getting to live illustrate at events. Wheather it’s an store event or a private event, I always have so much fun creating portraits and fashion illustrations for people on the spot!
At my most recent event, which was for eyewear brand Walter and Herbert, during the Seven Dials festival, Covent Garden, I got to focus on creating portraits, this really allowed me to capture the finer details of someone’s features, in the short space of time I had to create the illustration. The illustrations where all scanned and hung up behind me as I worked.
This summer I had the privilege of travelling to Nice, France for a private event. It was situated in the most beautiful pink villa, right on top of a hill with the most gorgeous views and gardens. I was working outside (which was hot!) so it was a wonderful change to my usual locations.
Another event earlier this year lead me to Frenchgate shopping centre in Doncaster. I was part of their “Paper Dolls” add campaign and competition. I created illustrations for an online game and they were also used in the displays in the centre. (I’ll be creating a separate post on that!). I spent the day there, illustrating all of the visitors, most of which were young kids, so it was great fun chatting to them and a little different form my usual drawing model!
I’ve included some of my favourite pictures form some of the events I’ve attended over the last year.
Over the last few months I’ve been doing some exciting events for Aspinal of London, becoming the in house illustrator for the day, creating watercolour fashion illustrations for the customers. I’ve been all around their London stores, including; Covent Garden Canary Wharf, Marylebone, Selfridges and their Flagship on Brook Street, and also to their store in Bluewater, Kent. I absolutely love doing these events, drawing all day, meeting wonderful new people, surrounded by beautiful Aspinal products.
In this case, the customer choose their favourite Aspinal product and posed while I sketched them, I then added watercolour and it was done within 5-7 mins. So all of the illustrations you see in this post have been done quickly, in store and in front of the customer.
I’ve had an incredibly positive response from everybody that I draw, as it adds a lovely element to their shopping experience and gives them something extra to take home with them. I have a few more events in the pipeline, which as ever, I’m very excited for. The events are widely shared on social media, so follow myself and Aspinal of London for updates.
I’m so excited to share my most recent work, which was for Links of London in partnership with Stylist Magazine! I created four bespoke maps in which all elements were hand illustrated using watercolours. The maps are of; London, Manchester, Bristol and Glasgow, and showing the hidden Gem locations in each city. To see the maps simply click HERE to view them in my portfolio
I’ve got something very exciting to share with you all!
I make my on screen debut in my very own video! It is simply a little snippet of my life, how I work and what I love to do.
It was created by the very talented Sam Nicklin and shot in various locations. In my home studio, my home city of Newcastle and also in sunny Austin TX.