Wednesday, 15 December 2010

024: A Cure for Love



023: Work in progress for etsy

Quick post just to share some terrible (taken on my phone) in-progress photos of an illustration I'm doing. HB pencil on fine textured watercolour paper. The watercolours I use are by Windsor and Newton.


Not far off finished. The all important fox is, anyway. :)





Friday, 10 December 2010

Snow, work spaces and psycho walls

Long time no post! Truthfully, I've been a bit shell-shocked with the first term of University to think about blogging.

Well, it's very snowy in Cornwall - all over Britain in fact. We're a nation of people who are unable to cope with any extreme weather so these mysterious flakes of white stuff falling from the sky always cause havoc. Most people haven't been able to go anywhere, including me, as the roads are too unsafe. Result = cabin fever.









One of my chickens, Gregory Peck Von Cluck stocking up on carbs.

The good part of being snowbound is that I've been able to catch up with journalling my stuff and blogging. It also gave me a chance to sort out a new workspace. It's very basic and somehow is constantly messy no matter how hard I try to keep it organised.









It's ma mess.
Told you it was a bombsite.










Year 1 Monotone Shirtdress Project
Here's my current work for Uni. I'll be posting about this next time.










Moodwall
Essentially just pretty things. Family photos, cranes, gig tickets and illustrations.










moodwall/wall of loveliness
Batman tries to help.

I have a problem with sticking photos all over the place. My mother also does the same thing on a smaller scale. I call it a "psycho wall" since unfortunately it's a common thing for nutters to have in films. LOL! Also, Joe Orton and Kenneth Halliwell did this and that didn't end well, did it? Oh dear, I must find a psychologist and find out what collage walls signify.









Joe Orton in his collaged flat in Islington.











My "Psycho" wall
I still love my moodwall.










My "Psycho" walls.











My "Psycho" walls.
I found one of my mum's old passports from when she was 15 so that now lives on the wall.

So there's a little tour of my workspace. An actual work related post soon. Hope you're all keeping warm and well. Laura xxx

Sunday, 26 September 2010

019: Reel me out and cut the strings

Based on a Tim Walker photograph in October's issue of Vogue UK.



Prints available - HERE. Larger prints on request.

018: Black Butler fangirling

To take my mind of Uni stuff (I start tomorrow - the 27th! ZOMG!), I've been doing some fanart based on a manga called, Black Butler. The mangaka is called Yana Toboso, you can see her site - here  It's mostly in Japanese but you can still navigate around easy enough, probably better, in fact than if you had google translate turned on, which makes matters more confusing, if anything.


Madam Red
Cross-posted on DA

Friday, 10 September 2010

017:Lady Gaga Day - Hooray!

Two Lady Gaga illustrations today. I should have spent the day working on my uni project but Gaga is so drawable and I compete in the Olympics of Procrastination. The Lady Gaga Style book has opened my eyes to the enormity of her wardrobe.

Watercolour, ink and pen

Pencil and pen

Thursday, 9 September 2010

016: Widows of Culloden by Alexander McQueen

It's hard to choose a favourite but Alexander McQueen's A/W 2006-7 collection, "The Widows of Culloden", definitely goes down as one of my favourites of all time.



Pencil (HB) sketch on moleskine watercolour paper (approx 1hr)






See the whole collection - vogue.co.uk

Thursday, 19 August 2010

014: Flo is finished

013: Florence, the Machine and the joys of social networking

 Quick shoutout to Kendra for being incredibly kind and encouraging in all things, but I particularly appreciated her in regards to blogging, improving the blog, widgets, ideas and all that.
 
 
Taking a break from surfwear design to do an illustration based on Florence + the Machine's, Lungs, as a gift for one of my art tutors. This was one of my favourite albums of last year and I like the imagery of the lungs representing Florence's voice - her gift, creativity and expression. Somehow it seemed appropriate for Jane.








I just took some photos yesterday and today to show you how it's progressing. Angles marked in with a 2B pencil, then the figure sketched in in a hard pencil (probably an F) first and then erased to leave a faint ghost of a line as a guide but not enough so it would muddy up the colours. The watercolour wash on over the hair area and lips is a mix of cad orange, rose madder, cad yellow and purple on a wet ground. Rose madder washes for the lungs, and cobalt turquoise on the detailing on the dress. I used copic markers in skin white and a light warm grey on the skin and then inked over the pencil lines with a 0.05, 0.08 black liner and a black ciao copic marker.

17th August


18th August



So far I've been a bit strapped for time to work on it, just grabbing a few minutes here and there which is incredibly irritating - Give me a good few uninterrupted hours and I'm a happy bunny. Anyhoo, hopefully I'll get it finished tomorrow and post it online via twitter, deviantart, tumblr and of course, here. Phew, I do know about you but having to post in multiple place is quite exhausting. Has to be done though, unfortunately.

Anyway, please let me know what you think. I'd love some feedback. There's already a few areas pointed out which I've got to work on. Kindly meant criticism is always good. :)

I joined twitter this week after contemplating the phenomenon for a long time, not really understanding it and still not much the wiser. It's strangely addictive though.  Please feel free to follow me and I'll follow back. I don't post much but I'll tweet about my illustration, and design work and of course those astute(!) and witty(?) observations on everyday life which is expected of any self respecting twitterer. Of course, you can also add me on facebook.


Friday, 13 August 2010

012: Recent design work

Quick post just to keep the blog up to date with what I've been working on lately. These are sketches for a Uni holiday project which I mentioned in my last post - designing a wardrobe for a professional female surfer taking part in various events (surfing and non-surfing) in Puerto Rico.

Not terribly exciting but practical and pretty, I hope. This is what I have designed for her flight over and for general day wear.


While researching the history of surfwear, I was really inspired by the swimming costumes of the forties and fifties. Just trying to find ways of making them more contemporary. Here are some designs for board shorts and bikinis.

Trying to get some ideas down for a capsule wardrobe which works really hard and fills all the criteria is really tricky. Just trying to keep it wearable and practical. From what I hear, Puerto Rico is quite laid back, even in the clubs, so she'd look a bit out of place in some fancy getup even though I really want to design some aaarrrghhhh!

Wednesday, 14 July 2010

010: Alexander McQueen F/W 09




Runway shot:

More Alexander McQueen. I find his designs fascinating to draw because obviously when you study something so intensely when you're drawing, you get a better idea of how incredible the design really is.

The print of amazing. Probably my favourite print ever. It's just so fun and bold. Only McQueen could think of making a traditional print turn into a flock of birds. It's a very subtle shift from a Dior-esque herringbone from the shoulder to a plus sign, to a bird so you get that flock of magpies/crows on the skirt. The shape of the dress as well is wonderful. The "poofy" hips reminiscent of panniers of the 18thC or of a robe à la Polonaise.

It was unsurprisingly tricky and time consuming to sketch out the tessellating print. Thankfully as it broke down into birds it became much easier and much more fun to draw. I'm not sure I got the herringbone print down properly but I hope you get the idea.

As a last blah, I really love/hate the makeup with this collection: the oversized lips. Not because it's a bit disturbing, like an alien clown, but because I think it detracts a bit from the dress.

Pencil, blue coloured pencil, pen, watercolour in a moleskine watercolour pad.

Tuesday, 22 June 2010

009: Alexander McQueen F/W 2010

This last Fall/Winter collection is so beautiful and such a fitting tribute to Alexander McQueen's brilliance as a designer. I'm really going to miss his work. The above illustration is watercolour, copic marker, ink and gold metallic pen. I really loved working on the pattern. I haven't had the chance to do something as ornate as this for a while.

This illustration is currently for sale:

Original watercolour, 11.7 × 16.5 inches on high quality watercolour paper, unframed

£40 + shipping (currency converter).

Email me if you're interested. xxx





Runway images courtesy of The Fashion Spot.

Sunday, 13 June 2010

007: Moleskine Fashion Illustration

Well, school's out and I'm at a bit of a loss having no set college tasks to worry about. So, it's back to my trusty watercolour moleskine. I'm in love with um...making a mess, actually. I tried to keep the lines to a minimum and is partially inked in purple. Then the paintbox exploded. The paint causes the graphite on the necklace to turn a faded, rusty colour.




Cross-posted on: facebook | deviant art | 'skineart

Sunday, 6 June 2010

006: Sanctuary Dress

Photos of my final piece for my Foundation course. It was on display at The Poly Gallery in Falmouth for the last week in May 2010. The catalogue which explains the the inspiration and the making is posted [HERE].


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005: "Sanctuary" Catalogue


This is the text catalogue to go along with my final piece for my Foundation Art & Design course at UCF, Sanctuary, which was on exhibition in The Poly, Falmouth, UK in May-June 2010. Photographs in [this] post and on Deviant Art.


Tuesday, 30 March 2010

003: Rozanne Hawksley - Textile Art

I am literally blogging while waiting for paint to dry. :D

and lead us not (detail) 1987-1989
Et ne non inducas (And lead us not),1987 – 1989 (Detail)

I came across Rozanne Hawksley's work in "Creating Sketchbooks for Embroiderers and Textiles Artists" and fell in love with her beautiful, highly detailed, emotive and singularly morbid (yay!) work.  I felt particularly moved by her pieces concerning difficult topics such as death, religion, birth control and war. As her website states, her work is based on the themes of  life - "love and loss, war and suffering, isolation and the abuse of power, by focusing in on intimate details of what they mean to a specific individual."  I think she has a wonderful renaissance style - many Tudor and Jacobean elements coming through and I love the way she uses her materials like iconography, wood and bones to communicate. Very inspiring also that she is still working into her seventies.

Here is a photograph I took of some early 17thC gauntlets at the Fashion Museum in Bath to compare with her piece, "Et ne non inducas and lead us not", which follows on.
Late Tudor & Jacobean Gloves



et ne non inducas and lead us not 1987 1989
Et ne non inducas (And lead us not),1987 – 1989


More of her work below the cut -

Monday, 29 March 2010

001: Sharon Tate Makeup Tutorial

Stupid me forgot to back up my posts at likeabalalaika.com before I closed it down. Thank GOD for google cache!

Sharon Tate, The Fearless Vampire Killers, 1966


Sharon Tate was so, so beautiful. Seriously. Stunning.  I was surprised that no one has posted a tutorial on her look as I think it’s a much prettier and natural than other 60s icons as Twiggy, Barbra Streisand and Edie Sedgwick. I’m not a makeup artist, just a keen amateur so please be kind with my tutorial. I wouldn’t know how to make a youtube vid, so I’ve just put together some research photos of Sharon and I made a drawing of her eyes (all that money spent on art school has not gone to waste. :D) with some annotations of how to apply the makeup. I’ve also posted a step by step tutorial with a product list from when I tried this look out myself.

The focus of Sharon’s look was always her beautiful, large brown eyes, the rest of her makeup was quite natural. She had clear, tanned skin and was the epitome of the California Golden Girl. Her clever use of eye-makeup made her eyes seem even larger than they were, as I hope you can tell from the photos below:


Left: Sharon with and (Right:) without makeup



Please read below the cut for epic postage…