Just Give It Time/ The Perils of Trying to Create an Illustrated Fashion Blog


Since beginning this blog, I’ve noticed just how quick bloggers are to post about things. Whether it be outfits, designers, news, anything. I mean, I always new bloggers were fast, but I mean they are really, really FAST.

I always intended to combine my love of fashion and illustration on my blog, in a hope to maybe bring something a bit new to the blogosphere (not as arrogant as it sounds!) I mean, I didn’t want to regurgitate information from other bloggers; I wanted to add something new. I know that whatever I blog, someone will have got there before me, so to some extent, it will always be imitation, but you know, it’s the highest form of flattery, and all.

Also, I don’t think there’s anything wrong in blogging something you’ve read about on another blog, as long as you credit the original author, and weigh in with your own opinion.

The problem with illustration is that it takes time. Luckily, that’s also one of the most rewarding things about it as well. But it does mean that whenever I discover something I want to blog about, and set about illustrating it, I find that everything I could possibly want to say about it has been covered by other (very fantastic) bloggers!

So I’ve decided to share my rough sketches, straight away,  instead of waiting to finish the final images. In a way, I think this is actually better; a blog is a fast publishing tool, which makes it the perfect medium for work in progress. Perhaps my Flickr, or a website (if I ever get one!) might be  more appropriate for final work .

I’m a little aprehensive about showing my roughs, because they are very, very rough. Believe me, I’m no wacom tablet wizard! Showing rough work also gives me the opportunity to explain a little about how I work; I usually print out the roughs, and trace them up neater, adding in more detail and using the original image as reference. Actually, I think that a lot of the time I tighten up way too much; I lose a lot of the freedom that I find when I’m scribbling away on the computer with my ancient old Wacom tablet. I’m hoping that getting my scribbles out there will somehow make me see that they are valid illustrations in their own right, and perhaps don’t need quite as much refinement as I think.

So FINALLY, this brings me to Kirsty Ward (For some reason the little link button isn’t working so it’s a copy and paste jobby I’m afraid.)

Queen Michelle, and Susie Bubble have both blogged about her designs this week ( see what I mean?!)

Susie Bubble has written a lot about the designer’s history etc, so I don’t feel there’s too much to add, all I will say is that Susie isn’t a fan of the drawn on eyebrows, but I LOVE them, they’re one of the things that drew me into the photographs originally.

Lots of lovely sheer, drapes, and pastels. All the ladylike things I wish I owned/wore, but for some reason, don’t. I think when you spend so much time around paint/ink/industrial pressure washers, or working in a grimy pub, beautiful delicate shapes and fabric are not what you consider wearing!

I think what doesn’t come across very well in these sketches is just how beautiful the jewellery is, I implore you to take a look at her website. Beautiful!!

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10 responses to “Just Give It Time/ The Perils of Trying to Create an Illustrated Fashion Blog

  1. right!
    wanted to bring something new too..i feel i could when somehow i recover from creative block, and (when i have a new camera!) show my OWN stuff .. your illustrations are great by the way, it think you have the balance just right on your blog (own work vs. others)
    but youre right these bloggers are all extremely fast with the turnover (faster even then the cycle of fashion itself!)

    xxxxx
    eve

    • I”m glad you liked my pictures, it can be scary putting yourself out there.
      The best thing I’ve found for overcoming creative block is just doing something, just anything, even if it’s a crappy scribble. Sometimes you have to go through the bad ideas before you find a good one! x

  2. Hi! So pleased you found my blog so I was able to come to yours! I definitely agree that good blogging takes time (which is why I don’t update as frequently as I’d like). Your rough sketches are lovely – keep sharing them. I’m looking forward to sifting through your past posts x

    • Thank you for your comment, I’m really happy you liked my sketches 🙂 It’s nice to get some feedback
      Good blogging really does take time! All the research needed to create a good post is really a labour of love. x

  3. CAN’T STOP LOOKING AT THOSE EYEBROWS!
    THEY ARE PERFECTION!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  4. Loving the illustrations!! I usually always prefer peoples rough sketches than the final results – they almost feel purer and less contrived! And I love seeing my designs though someone elses hand/eye (as I cannot draw for shit!) keep up the fantastic work k x

  5. The sketches look great! 🙂

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