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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.

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A still from my first animated short

Here it is, my first animation! To create this I have used after effects. It’s really great to see life breathed into my illustrations. This short animation celebrates spring, it’s finally here!

Red lipstick Melissa Bailey Illustration from Melissa Bailey Illustration on Vimeo.

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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.

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A3In 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.

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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.

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Here is the latest fashion illustration I’ve been working on!

To create this illustration I used watercolour and digital methods. I’m currently working on more as this one was so much fun to do!

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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

The maps featured in Stylist magazine (2014) and also on the Links of London website as interactive maps and also on Stylist magazine‘s website.

 

 

Hey everyone,
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.

Enjoy! xXx

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I’m am so thrilled to announce that I am collaborating with chic wedding stationery boutique based in Australia, De La Mod, for the brand new service DLM Illustrated!
Their range of wedding stationary is so gorgeous and elegant and I’m honoured to be contributing to it via my illustrations.
Here’s what De La Mod had to say…
“It is our greatest pleasure to announce our recent collaboration with the extremely talented artist Melissa Bailey illustrations and we are thrilled to be opening the doors to a brand new service DLM Illustrated. With an impressive portfolio of clients including The Sunday Times Style magazine, Browns and Harper’s BAZZAR we know you are going to adore Melissa’s work as much as we do.Own a timeless keepsake original piece of art that becomes a beautiful feature on your wedding Invitation, thank you card or even your guest book.Watch this space as we showcase our exclusive range of designs.
For all enquires please email info@delamod.com”
You can also visit:
www.delamod.com
www.facebook.com/delamoddesigns
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Here are some sketches I’ve been working on recently.

I’ve been very busy lately with client work that I decided to

make some time for some personal work.

I find it quite relaxing to be able to spend as much time as I like on a drawing

in comparison to always meeting deadlines and working quickly.

Merry Christmas all! Best wishes for 2013! X Melissa

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KURT GEIGER: DOLLS NIGHT OUT
28th November, Newcastle Store

I’m super excited for tomorrow!
Not only is it my birthday but I also will be at Kurt Geiger, Newcastle
 from 6.30 till 9.30pm as their in house fashion illustrator!
Where I will be drawing the lovely ladies that come down for the “Dolls night out!”
Check out the poster and come along and see me if you can!
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