Day 7 of 30 days, 30 illustrations

Day 7: Messy hair days.

Woohoo, I’ve made it 7 days already! Hope you are enjoying my daily illustrations.

This is basically what my hair looks like most days, and along with a good ‘comfy’ jumper, as illustrated. I do often think I’d like to one of those people who have perfect hair every day, where they actually have a style of some sort. But then I remember maybe I don’t quite care enough to do that every day, and anyway I have been told I suit my hair ‘messy’… which I’m still not sure is a compliment! What I am looking for is an easy way to have nice hair, that suits me. Often when I wear it down and straightened I just don’t think does much for me. Queue: My new heated rollers! Hello curly, bouncy, natural looking hair. Thanks Babyliss.

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Day 6 of 30 days, 30 illustrations

Day 6: Dancers in pencil and ink

“To be creative means to be in love with life. You can be creative only if you love life enough that you want to enhance its beauty, you want to bring a little more music to it, a little more poetry to it, a little more dance to it.”
– Osho

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Following on from yesterday’s illustration (which you can see here), here is my second version of dancers.. let me know which one you prefer?

“Let us dance in the sun, wearing wild flowers in our hair…”
– Susan Polis Schutz

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Day 2 of 30 days, 30 illustrations

Day 2: My new dress.

I have been on the hunt for a dungaree denim dress for a while now. On that note, I have also been on the look out for a denim shirt dress for YEARS, but still haven’t found one that I think doesn’t look stupid on me! And I had the same problem with the pinafore/ dungaree dress, until I came across this one in TOPSHOP recently. It has a zip all down the front and is black denim, and it is super comfortable.  You can see the real dress here. There is also a very cute pink cord version which I am thinking about…

Day 2 Holly SHarpe 72dpiAnyway, given that a lot of my work is fashion illustration I decided that one of my illustrations (and perhaps more in the days to come!) should be based on what I wear, and especially newly purchased items. I suppose the reason I haven’t done so before is partly because I sometimes feel that I have a strange relationship to clothes. I love fashion and love drawing it and even designing it, but sometimes I find choosing what to wear really hard and a lot of the time I then go for the same stuff – jeans and a t shirt mainly! I love dressing up and mixing things up, but often I find it easier to convert to my ‘usual’ clothes that require zero thought. And you do hear of people, pretty sure Steve Jobs was one, and my tutor at art school another, who wear the same outfit every day and just buy copies of the same thing. Which I sometimes consider adopting so as not to take up any thought or head space when our lives already feel filled up with decisions and tasks. BUT, I don’t think I ever could because fashion is a way to express ourselves, our individuality and can often be an accessible luxury when other things are out of our reach.

Thanks again for reading!

Please leave any comments of questions in the comments below.

Holly

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Vintage Rose drawing

I thought I would share one of my recent time-lapse/ sped up videos of my drawing and painting process. ‘Vintage Rose II’ is one from a series I started recently which are all on newsprint paper. I wanted to use this paper as it creates a completely different feel from cartridge or watercolour paper, which is what I would usually work on, and the ink also reacts differently on this paper. Being from a printed textiles background the paper is the closest thing to fabric in a way, which is why I was drawn to using it! It is very fragile and light. I plan to do more of these videos, so please click the ‘subscribe’ button on my youtube channel to be notified when I upload new work and so that I know you want to see more! 😉


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Holly

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Fashion. Diaries. day 9.

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Here is my latest (and slightly overdue!) fashion illustration of the INCREDIBLE D&G Alta Moda collection. Images from Vogue.com >> 

I really hope to have time to draw more from the collection..

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Fashion. Diaries. day 8.

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Here is my latest Fashion sketch…

Based on images from the Trend Council website of the Elie Saab SS16 Couture collection. It is a beautiful collection… but it did leave me craving some bright colours after looking at it for a while! Above is a work in progress pic of my starting point with quink ink ^^

The final image is ink, pencil and a touch of a brush pen to give it some colour… the ink base did mean the overall image is much darker than the dress/ image in the flesh… but hopefully I still captured something of it… If I was to critique it myself… I would say my image is a bit too heavy compared with the essence of the collection… I have turned it a bit gothic/ dark, which wasn’t intentional necessarily. I think I might have subconsciously been trying to make it edgier/ more dramatic, and with that perhaps loosing the romantic, delicate feel of the collection..Something to keep in mind for next time perhaps…

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

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UGG : Live illustrations

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As I mentioned in my previous post, a few weeks ago now, I had the pleasure of doing some live illustrating at an UGG event. I haven’t done live illustrating at an event like this before, so I am so pleased to have had the opportunity to do so, and even more pleased that it went so well and lots of people left very happy with a little illustration in hand! It was basically a fairly swanky private event for various staff members, and I was there to do a very quick illustration of anyone that wanted one of themselves. Given that they all work in fashion, it made my job very easy as the majority of people got really into it and were great at pulling, and holding, poses for me! Unfortunately I don’t have great photos of the illustrations I did of people as 1. it was non stop and people were soon lining up to have there illustration done, so there was no time to take photos in between! and 2. It was like a bar/ club scene so the light was not great for photo taking – on my phone anyway! So in this post I have included a few warm up sketches I did prior to the event and at the event whilst waiting for people to arrive. So you can get an idea of what a live/quick illustration of mine looks like. As well as the few photos that did turn out ok from the night.
Thanks again for having me UGG!
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 I also used this as a good excuse to buy some new materials to work with! So I got a whole bunch of pro -markers and some lovely ‘brush pens’ which are probably the closest thing to creating a painted feel without the mess of water and brushes etc which is much more convenient when doing something like this. And they have two ends one is more like a brush tip and the other is thiner for finer lines. I actually got a couple different brands…not sure which I prefer yet. And the range of colours available is amazing, might work up to eventually having them all! 

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