Fashion Diaries. day 7.

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Tried to keep things loose with this one and didn’t spend very long on it at all…it’s always easier to keep things quick and loose if I go straight in with the ink, which I did, and then added some watercolour to bring out the colour, and then finished it off with some pencil detail here and there. Although would maybe like to go back in and add some detail with pen… or will just leave it as it is and move on to another one!

I love Erdem. This is from there Fall 2015 ready-to-wear collection.

Back with more soon..,

Holly x

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Drawing heals.

drawing maps- Holly Sharpe

Drawing heals

Through pursuing this thing inside of me, I hope to encourage others to realise they can do the same. Sometimes I wonder if it is selfish? To wrap myself up in my own world. To be able to draw / paint/ create for hours… Or have I simply made a choice, and by the way, in some ways have sacrificed a lot to enable me to follow that choice, to do what I want. I try to reflect from time to time on what my intention actually is, what do I want to say, or achieve through doing what I do?

Well, I like to think that firstly, when there is a wish so strong inside of you, a calling if you like, to do something so much… Perhaps if would be selfish, and maybe even foolish, to ignore this. Sometimes I think that it is my way of lighting up my world, of making sense of things, and by doing so, hopefully lighting up other peoples world, letting them feel something or encouraging them to feel something. Maybe even inspiring them. Inspiring them to bring to light what it is they feel, or what it is that makes them spark.

I also hope to encourage people to create. It really is a powerful therapy. With no desired outcome or objective, just play, dance, draw, paint, sing, create a lovely meal, write, sew, whatever it is, let the only reason for doing it be to let your heart and head wander, to feel free of any other aim or goal for that 30 minutes, or hour, or whatever time you can spare. And if you can look at what you have created afterwards and be proud or happy about it, that is simply a bonus. The process of creating it was a million times more important than the outcome.

I realise that this fairly brief post probably has more questions than answers, I suppose it is just me thinking out loud… The main thing I come back to and realise, is that whatever the answers are, and whatever the reasons are for me doing what I do, ultimately, I can’t imagine not doing it, I could never just stop it entirely, even if occasionally the thought does cross my mind, but I couldn’t, I would feel lost without it. I just hope that more people can wake up to the thing that makes them feel this way, something that you can’t turn your back on and that helps bring balance back into your life. I think everyone has that something, even if they just haven’t realised what it is yet.

Holly
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Fashion Diaries. day 6.

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Matthew Williamson pencil

My latest fashion diaries illustration! Did this one back in the comfort of my studio, so possibly why it feels a lot looser than the previous ones, or maybe also because the dress itself is quite floaty… I would say this is actually more my usual style anyway… however it is always nice to play around with different ways of approaching the illustrations. I quite liked it just in pencil (above) before I added ink and watercolour and some pen details (below)…

Matthew Williamson Fall 2015 ready-to-wear

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Matthew Williamson with colour - H.Sharpe

Hope to have more for you soon!
Holly
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Fashion Diaries. day 5.

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Another one from the amazing ANNA SUI 2015 fall ready-to-wear collection. See my first one in the previous post here. Created with pencil, pen and brush pens, oh a a little bit of coloured pencils!
Read the intro to my Fashion Diaries here.
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Fashion Diaries: part 1

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I have had this in my head to start for a whiiile now…. and finally, over the Christmas holidays, when I took proper time off, switched off and relaxed, I did. Further into the holidays, I had an urge to start drawing. And lately I am trying to go with a feeling when it arises, when I feel like drawing, or painting, something in particular, I do it. And equally, when I don’t feel like drawing anything, I try to accept that and know that it will come back again, it always does. But that is exactly why I have to go with the momentum when it is there! And sometimes it does tend appear when I am most relaxed and feel no pressure to produce for a set purpose in mind, but just because I enjoy it. So, with a glass (or two!) of prosecco in hand, that is exactly what I did.

The idea first started on a train journey last year when I was on my way to teach a fashion illustration workshop… I feel really focused on trains because you can’t go anywhere, and have no distractions. So the two illustrations below were from that train journey. I only had pens, pencils and some brush pens with me, so it encouraged me to try and create the different prints/ textures using the materials I had.

So now my plan/idea is to share an illustration weekly, or ideally, daily… I have always loved drawing fashion, and this is something I am hoping will sit alongside other things/ other work I am doing quite nicely. To start with I will illustrate from designers/ collections that I like. And through doing it, I know different approaches will arise, and different techniques. So I suppose I just want to try and keep it up and see where it goes. It is so easy to come up with an idea, and to start something….but quite different to see it through and keep at it. I am hoping that by making it sort of bitesize, I may actually be able to stick to it, and see where it takes me!

stay tuned. x
(more pics for now on my Instagram)

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Tom Ford, Fall 2015. http://www.hollysharpe.com

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This year.

This. year.

This year I want to live life like I am running through a meadow, with the fresh air on my skin and the breeze in my hair. I want to remember that I have so much space, and freedom, to live however I want to live. I can run free through the long grass and the wild flowers. Breathe in the nourishing air and the glowing sunrise. I can dance under the clouds and amongst the stars. And at the same time not be afraid to run close to the edge, to plunge into the water below and be ready for new adventures and possibilities, or wherever the tide may take me. And to know that I can visit this wonderful place whenever, and wherever, I want.

Happy new year everyone! I hope you all have a wonderful 2016 and remember what it is that is most important to you,
Holly x

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‘Light’ – new watercolour