Category Archives: Inspiration

No Discount Necessary

If you’ve been reading my blog for a while, you will have heard me talk about DI$COUNT before, but I thought it was definitely time for a re-visit.

These girls have ascended to a new level. Their recent work is incredible; time consuming, meticulous, original, and totally their own. 

Basically, I would do many bad things to get my hands on a piece of DI$COUNT, because these girls are headed for great things! Big things are happening. Their online, and offline shop is opening in March, and from what I’ve read, custom orders are coming in thick and fast.

What I really admire about them is their strength in remaining true to their aesthetic; something easier said than done when you’ve been through fashion school.

This is all sounding pretty kiss ass or whatever, but I couldn’t really care. I remember reading Nadia’s old blog ,Foxyman, before DI$COUNT existed, I thought her blog was awesome then, too. But Cami and Nadia together clearly make the perfect team.

Basically.. well fucking done.

All illustrations come from photographs owned by DI$COUNT.

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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!!

YAAAAZBUUUUKEY!

I saw this wonderful lady on Streetpeeper the other day. Well isn’t she just fantastic?! I wondered to myself, where does one get such exceptional headwear?! Well, Yazbukey, of course!

Poking around their site, I can see a lot of things I’d love to wear, although it seems I’ve jumped on the bandwagon a little late, as usual, and most things are sold out. I love the finger necklace, and the Gaga brooch the most.Naturally, excess is best in my books, so I think these would look especially good if you wore lots of them, on top of a shiny sparkly patterned dress! These things are HUGE as well, which is why I love them. I’ve never been into little cutesy accessories, but giant ones I can get on board with!

I can dream!


Doodles and Things

I am super busy with uni this week and don’t have very much time to think of nice fashiony things to draw/write about so instead I thought I’d share some sketches and illustrations from my current project. I’m creating a zine based on my manifesto as an illustrator. There will be lots of them, if you would like one let me know! All illustrations by me, all inspiration photographs have unfortunately been sitting on my computer and  can’t remember where they came from. Bad blogger, very bad blogger!

Winter sun.

It’s cold. Luckily, it’s also quite sunny; happy!




Tim Gasperak via Krisatomic, Roger. C , Alexander McQueen, Sou Brette jewellery, Susie Bubble wearing Sou Brette.

The Stars Shine Bright

Space… stars and shiny things; I love it. Apparently, so does everyone else:

Christopher Kane

NASA (I hear they LOVE space… probably more than anyone else…)

December issue of VOGUE; the star issue. With the festive season approaching Vogue’s gone all glitzy. A surprisingly fantastic issue.

Looky looky it’s meee. A little space inspired photo shoot I did a while back photographed by my friend Holly. More on my Flickr!

Some more shameless self promotion… more on my flickr!

Oh Ma Gawd


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