Do you remember your childhood? Do you remember those days when everything was brighter, more colorful and full of magic? Do you remember how fairy tales which we used to read when we were little boys and girls fueled our imagination and turned even simple objects into magic things? Girls must remember the times when their mothers’ dresses and jewelry seemed to be so beautiful in their children’s minds that they could have belonged to a queen from a fairy tale. Little girls live in a day-dream imagining themselves in a magic world of princesses and noble gentlemen. Applying their first make-up and trying on their new dresses and some simple jewelry, girls are ready to fly away to a fairy world in their wonderful imagination.
Everyone who had a happy childhood wants to experience again that carefree time printed deeply in his or her memory. Everything which reminds us about our childhood inevitably attracts our attention and fills our heart with a pleasant warmth.
There was a young girl from France named Anais Villemagne who contacted me with a request to create a few custom illustrations for her head jewelry design project. She was writing a thesis on this project and wanted to illustrate the concept. She could not draw, so she asked me to create a few drawings. Anais loved the style of jewelry advertisements made for Van Cleef & Arpels and those created by Guerlain. Therefore, based on her styles preferences, she did not want the future illustrations to be too detailed and burdened with too many colors. What she wanted the most was to focus viewers’ attention to jewelry accessories in characters’ hair.
In fact, Anais Villemagne had developed an interesting marketing strategy to promote head jewelry through evoking women’s childhood memories and giving them the desire to turn their dreams into reality and thus nudging them to purchase hair jewelry advertised by fairy tale princesses. I absolutely love her idea of a Jewelry Universe based on most popular fairy tales featuring female characters the majority of women secretly dreams to look like even when already adult and not that naïve as they used to be in the childhood. I believe that this could be a brilliant marketing idea not only for jewelry but also for apparel, fashion accessories, perfumery and other products designed to make any woman look and feel like a princess. If fashion or jewelry designers are reading this blog now, I can definitely recommend you, guys, Anais Villemagne as a person who can generate wonderful ideas to attract customers to your products (please, do not hesitate to ask me for her contacts if you are interested).
Another interesting fact about this project is that Anais was inspired by the Swan Lake ballet when she was developing her jewelry design project. Therefore she wanted female characters on illustrations to look like ballet dancers.
Illustrations for a Hair Jewelry Design Project
The first illustration features a little girl wearing a paper crown. While dreaming and imagining herself being a princess she opens a music box to see a dancing couple turning around like in a royal ball at a castle. It makes her vivid imagination run wild powered with so many fairy tales read by her mother. Her imagination takes her to a magic world of beautiful princesses and handsome princes and… sparkling jewelry.
Hair jewelry design project: Beauty and the Beast – the Reunion
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Hair jewelry design project: Cinderella – the Flight
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I decided to create a series of portraits of legendary fashion designers who had founded world’s most famous fashion houses and labels which had being dictating fashion trends for decades.
A portrait of Guccio Gucci
is the first in the series. Gucci was the founder of The House of Gucci
which is one of today’s most famous fashion labels producing clothing, watches, jewelry, shoes and leather goods. It is almost impossible to find a photo of Guccio Gucci of a decent quality but I did my best to draw a portrait of this Italian fashion designer on the basis of photographs available online.
Guccio Gucci - Italian fashion designer
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A few months ago I was approached by a representative of Prophetik Showroom (www.prophetik.com) who asked me to create some fashion sketches based on photographs of fashion designs and concepts. He said they needed the drawings as inspiration pieces for the new season. What I saw on their photographs reminded me 19th century fashion with all those chic corsets and magnificent dresses.
Here are the sketches which I drew using Pentel brushes.
Fashion photos provided by Prophetik reminded me 19th century fashion in Europe
19th century dresses look amazing
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I have always been inspired by vintage women’s fashion. Those retro clothes were so much woman-oriented that it seems that almost any piece of vintage clothing was specially designed to make woman look very feminine and elegant. Those were the times of never dying classic fashion which influence never ceases when it comes to female’s elegant look. Drawing vintage fashion is always a special treat for me.
Retro fashion inspires me a lot
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You might already know that I am a passionate fan of the vintage fashion style (my post about a custom pin-up drawing
is a proof of my love for a good old retro fashion). I have recently visited one of the blogs dedicated to the vintage fashion and particularly to retro clothing magazines. I was greatly inspired by pictures and illustrations from old “Vogue” magazines. I especially liked the fashion illustrations from 1950s issues of the magazine. They are really amazing! These vintage illustrations and pictures do not only show the first fashion trends which evolved into today’s popular clothing elements and styles but also reflect a genuine talent and outstanding work of fashion illustrators who had managed to create true artworks without using any fashion drawing software, computers, cameras and other sophisticated devices. I had been so much inspired with those retro fashion illustrations that I could not help but imitate fashion drawings of those vintage Vogue magazines. The above fashion illustrations are drawn with a pen and pencils to preserve old traditions of creating fashion illustrations and to pay a tribute to retro fashion illustrators and their wonderful works.
My imitation of vintage fashion illustrations
Vintage fashion models (1950s style)
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It’s an interesting fact that when I had started my independent career of an illustrator and artist and began building my fashion illustrations portfolio the first my clients were American magazines dedicated to African fashion and lifestyle.
I created a few illustrations for BHF Magazine promoting African fashion and lifestyle. This magazine helped me to discover the beauty of African women. No doubt, living in Ukraine I see a lot of beautiful women literally everywhere (this is what our country is famous for), but nevertheless it was nice to discover the exotic beauty of African women. The owner of BHF Magazine had shown me a lot of amazing pictures of African models and I was impressed with their outstanding charm and prettiness. I could not help but dedicating this blog post to my African fashion illustrations created for African fashion magazines. There are not a lot of them so far, but I believe I will get other orders for African fashion illustrations from BHF Magazine or similar fashion and lifestyle magazines. Anyway, I enjoyed drawing African models and their clothes because I love how their specific beauty matches African authentic national fashion designs, ornaments and accessories. And I love how editors of African fashion magazines like BHF Magazine and UZURI Magazine point out African spirit and folk individuality through fashion.
Here are my African fashion illustrations:
African fashion illustration for BHF Magazine
Fashion illustration created exclusively for BHF Magazine
Another African fashion illustration for BHF Magazine
Fashion logo created for UZURI Magazine
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