February 27, 2013

Sketches from MFW | Furs at Marni Fall 2013

Marni fur scarf in forest watercolour illustration painting
Marni in the Forest. Pencil, watercolour and Photoshop.

Experimenting with rendering furs. Not feeling quite so loquacious today, so I'll keep it short.

Marni runway collage fur scarves and prints.

February 26, 2013

Sketches from LFW | Elegant Bondage at Eilish Macintosh

Eilish Macintosh bondage dress illustration
Eilish Macintosh. Pencil and Photoshop.
 
Someone keeps searching for "elegant bondage" on my blog (whoooo are you? Tweet me!) so I'm giving them what they want today. Also this is my first post and illustration from my brand spanking new iMac! And it's inspired by this year's Central Saint Martin L'Oreal Bursary Award winner Eilish Macintosh. Congratulations to her!

It was a very conceptual collection of long sleek jersey dresses with hangman's loops, bondage ropes and cutout accents.

Eilish Macintosh bondage dress collage
Instagram via @thelovemagazine
The jersey dresses are especially elegant when viewed from other angles, especially from the back.

Nobuyoshi Araki kimono colour photograph with dinosaurs
Image from Phaidon
The collection reminded me of Japanese photographer Nobuyoshi Araki who often features women in shibari/kinaku (Japanese rope bondage) so I kept his images in mind when doing this illustration.


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February 21, 2013

Sketches from LFW | Meadham Kinky Kirchhoff in Aesthetic Dress

close up of polkadot dress fashion illustration
kitty wong watercolor meadham kirchhoff polkadot dress drawing

There was plenty of sexy Victorian goth vibes at the Meadham Kirchhoff Fall Winter 2013 show, complete with kinder whore style heart crowns.

This illustration might be especially sexy because I was listening to Savage Love Podcast all morning while I painted this. I spend so much time alone sometimes it's like my only friends are podcasts and that old man that lives 3 floors below us (who is very nice but really only talks to me about how he's impressed with my Chinese speaking skills).

Meadham Kirchhoff. Pencil and watercolour.

Meadham Kirchhoff FW 2013 long dress Victorian fan collage.
Do you like the Victorian style fans? I spent hours down the vintage graphics rabbit hole looking for those. I was looking for a frame too but they were all too busy looking.

Fan Graphics from Graphics Fairy.

I love the long dresses in the collection, very reminiscent of the Artistic / Aesthetic dress movement in the late 19th Century worn by visionaries of the day such as Oscar Wilde and artist's muse Jane Morris.

Aesthetic dress embroidery
Aesthetic Dress. Via Polarbearstale.
Black and white Jane Morris in aesthetic dress portrait
Portrait of Jane Morris. July 1865. Via The Getty.
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February 19, 2013

Sketches from LFW | Stripes at Pringle of Scotland

pringle sketch
Pringle of Scotland. Pencil and acrylic on cardboard.

I'm having a really good time sketching this fashion week series. My last drawing even got retweeted by the designer himself and they even shared the image on the Eudon Choi Facebook page.

I listened to a lot of Timber Timbre while making this.
I don't usually paint with acrylic but I really liked it and I think I might use it more from now on. I like how her face turned out, it's so cute and Asian and the way the dress shifts in and out of focus from the background but looking at it now I wish I did faint stripes on the right instead of no stripes at all fixed it.

Her face reminds me of these Chinese Four Beauties style drawings when I was obssesed with as a kid. My dad would always bring me books on how to draw them and I would spend hours sketching and copying their delicate faces and designing flowing ancient robes for them.

Pringle of scotland runway collage drawing stripes
London Fashion Week's last show just finished up a couple of hours ago, and we only have Milan and Paris left. I'm sure I'll be sad when this project is over but for now I'm really looking forward to drawing some of my favourite designers, Rick Owens and Prada coming up soon.


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February 18, 2013

Sketches from LFW | Driving Miss Kelly to Eudon Choi

illustration drawing of grace kelly girl in pink floral headscarf driving in striped shirt
Eudon Choi. Pencil, gouache, Photoshop. 

We've been on the run/Driving in the sun
Looking out for number 1/California here we come

I almost can't even listen to that Phantom Planet song anymore, you know when something brings back so many powerfully happy memories it almost makes you sad? Like you'll never be that young or have that much fun again?

Listening to that song reminds me of being 15 and watching the first season of The OC with my best friend and spending a very unsupervised summer in Ontario discovering for the first time what it felt like to be thought of as pretty/popular/bad. And also of the the summer after highschool when my friends and I drove down to California for Coachella where we played this song on repeat and I insisted on eating nothing but powdered donuts the whole way.

Polaroid of girls posing with grapefruits in Indio, California during Coachella
Stealing citrus fruits in Indio, California. 2005.
That's me on the left, can you even recognize me?
Polaroid from my friend Crystal. 

Day 3 of Drawing Fashion Week. The headscarves at Eudon Choi reminded me of Grace Kelly driving in cars which then reminded me of road-trips. I drew this girl with only one eye because it just didn't look right with two.

This drawing isn't really my favourite but I still kind of like it. Lately I've been thinking it doesn't really matter, since I've drawing so much it's okay if sometimes things turn out kind of ugly. We're just experimenting here, gotta give yourself room to fail and room to grow.
"Don't worry about genius and don't worry about not being clever. Trust rather to hard work, perseverance, and determination. The best motto for a long march is "Don't grumble. Plug on." You hold your future in your own hands. Never waver in this belief. Don't swagger. The boy who swaggers - like the man who swaggers - has little else that he can do. He is a cheap-Jack crying his own paltry wares. It is the empty tin that rattles most. Be honest. Be loyal. Be kind. Remember that the hardest thing to acquire is the faculty of being unselfish. As a quality it is one of the finest attributes of manliness. Love the sea, the ringing beach and the open downs. Keep clean, body, and mind."- Sir Frederick Treves
eudon choi runway photos at london fashion week fw 2013 collage
Eudon Choi photos from Style.com


February 15, 2013

Sketches From NYFW #2 | Thom Browne Rose Garden

thom browne nyfw rose pencil and gouache sketch illustration portrait
Thom Browne. pencil and gouache.
Here's post 2 of Drawing Fashion Week with a look by Thom Browne. And probably subconsciously with some further inspiration from the Empress Dowager. I love this collection and I wanna wear those dresses and be the weirdest girl for miles.

thom browne nyfw runway shots with white wacom rose drawing on photo
 Runway photos from Style.com
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February 13, 2013

Sketches from NYFW #1 / How To Be Sick but Creative

Sketches | Jeremy Laing NYFW 2013
NYFW Sketch #1: Geometric Prints at Jeremy Laing 

It's been almost 3 months since I've had radioactive iodine treatment for my overactive thyroid, since then I've been recovering at home and dealing with the anxiety that comes with my hormones going haywire. I'm so thankful to be living in the age of the internet and to other sick people who have reached out to others using vlogs. It's so comforting to know other people are dealing with the same things and feeling the same way. It's hard to talk about your life when everything isn't going perfect.

It's hard to be sick, not just physically but it's also embarrassing in a way. You worry a lot about how other people think of you. Do people think you're lazy? You worry that everyone is going to forget about you because you never go out anymore. And you burn all the pots because you're so absent minded all the time.


Health issues aside, this is a really good time for me to concentrate on drawing and building up my portfolio which at the moment is just a sad jumble of drawings on Behance.

I've been drawing a lot more this past year and some people have noticed - thanks friends! Sketches mostly, what I'm missing are strong portfolio pieces. So I hoping to take these next few weeks to make some more editorial style illustration and experiment with layout and drawing styles, with inspiration from the continuous influx of images coming from fashion weeks happening around the globe.

So here's my first one - Jeremy Laing at NYFW 2013, I used to intern there when I lived in Toronto, it was my dream internship and I learned a lot there.
Here's to hoping and drawing these illustrations get better as the weeks go on.

February 10, 2013

Sketches | Goodbye Ghesquière! Balenciaga Shoes Sketched

sketch illustration of Balenciaga shoes in ink and gouache in moleskine notebook.
Balenciaga shoes.
A short little post today, some sketches I made of my favourite Balenciaga shoes through Nicolas Ghesquière's years designing at the historically Spanish fashion house.

In my knockoff Moleskine with my Pentel brush pen and coloured with gouache.

L'Dezen x Kitty N. Wong | Diamonds are an Illustrated Girl's Best Friend

Hi guys! My illustration collaboration with L'Dezen Jewellery is finally done! You've probably seen snippets of these beauties on my Instagram and maybe you wondered what they were for. Well I finally get to share them with you now in all their bejeweled glory along with the process of how I created the illustrations.

Read on for more.

Pencil illustration of Payal Shah of L'Dezen Jewellery wearing long flowing hair and sliced diamond earrings
4 ink fashion sketches of girls and women wearing diamond earrings, necklaces, rings