In this illustration I’m bringing together the written word (designer Christophe Josse‘s name) and the painted image (my rendering of one of Mr. Josse’s creations). The challenge is to help the viewer fully immerse him- or herself into the totality of the picture. To not have to stop one process (seeing) in order to start another (reading) but to enjoy both experiences simultaneously.
Here’s my illustration of model Max Mensah wearing a Juleano Men original, shown at Seattle Fashion Week 2015. Julius Leano is a Seattle-based designer whose work is informed by the aesthetics of science, mathematics, and geometry.
One of the advantages I have as an artist is that I can design a model’s face and body in an illustration to look any age or physical condition. Since fashion “is in essence an industry based on deception” and on promises that “if you wear this you will look better/cooler/thinner/taller/more powerful than you really are”, we’ve little recourse than to maintain the practice of illusion. The issues are consumers who desire (and will pay for) a certain appearance and the resources we have to work with: models (human beings) who, naturally, age.
Under-Age Models Return
To celebrate the beginning of Summer 2015 I present “Summer Dress“. I pull this out of my portfolio once or twice a year. It’s a monoprint on paper (18″ x 30″), looser and more spontaneous than my current way of making a picture.
Here’s something I’ve composed illustrating one of our Pacific Northwest designers, Karen Ashley’s (http://karenashleyfashion.com) originals, which you can see at Seattle Fashion Week (http://www.seattlefw.net.)
This is a rare moment when I actually design an outfit from my imagination rather than sketch someone else’s original. I call this “Asian Fusion“. The straw hat makes that obvious. The cloth leggings come from a person I meet at the dog park who occasionally wears WWI-style outfits.