Saturday, 6 December 2014

Dom&Ink for THE RAKISH GENT



A few weeks ago I was lucky enough to be asked THE RAKISH GENT himself to illustrate a 'Look of the Week' piece. I was given a double breasted Reiss suit, JCrew shirt, Arthur Sleeps shoes and an Alice Made This lapel pin! I really enjoyed doing this illo, I also based the illustration on Taj Hayer, the mastermind behind the blog. If you haven't checked it out yet, do so. It's got fantastic illustrations, great reviews and also has just started doing full on editorial content with photoshoots. Definitely one to watch for 2015!

Wednesday, 3 December 2014

Monday, 1 December 2014

#MAAfterDark BLOGGERS EVENT

Image - Manchester Arndale

Image - Instagram @rags_renewal 

On Thursday the 27th of November, the whole 10th floor of Manchester Arndale was transformed into blogging a beauty boudoir. I was lucky enough to be there doing live fashion illustrations of each blogger. HOLLAH! 

The #MAafterdark event is all about local Manchester fashion bloggers each being given a store within the mall to choose a dress from. They come to the event, get their hair and make up done, get drawn by me then get judged by Victoria from In The Frow (@inthefrow) to make into a top ten of Christmas party dresses. THEN all 10 dresses are put up for a vote, if you vote you can WIN a £100 gift card to spend at Manchester Arndale, which to be fair in January sales is gonna be much  needed right?

VOTE FOR A FROCK HERE

*I didn't have time to get my own photos as I was working my ass off. Please follow all these sassy ladies who I have used pics from*

Now I haven't done a live event in a few weeks but this was FANTASTIC. I drew Victoria first as she was guest judge and I'd brought in purple ink purely so I could do her luscious locks. She is also really, freaking nice. I could easily have a brew and a biscuit with the girl...


Image - @INTHEFROW

Image - WWW.STYLESPEAKSLOUDERTHANWORDS.COM

Then my aim was to draw all 25 bloggers who were invited. Unfortunately I couldn't get round everyone as the event was only two and a half hours and like the huge dumbass I am, I brought ink along, which of course, takes ages to dry! If I get to do this again, NO ink, just loads of posh fine liners. I swear. I've said that if any bloggers I DIDN'T get a chance to draw email me asap, I can do you a 5 minute illo also.


Image - IRENADWORLD.COM


Image - INSTA - @nellyandnoopy


Image - SHEDREAMS.CO.UK

Image - Instagram @HAYLEIGHJM

Image of AMYJANEALICE.COM


Image - WWW.THEQUINOXFASHION.COM 


Image - WWW.ENGLISHROSEFROMANCHESTER.COM


I also brought loadsa free stuff, which was EXCLUSIVE artwork from my next book, MAP MY STYLE and also my new colour me in business cards which went down a right treat. Never forget if you're freelance, people love cool free stuff. That is gonna be my freelance mantra y'all. 

I had a really great night and it was so nice to meet all these girls and hear about their blogs and influences. Also the prosseco tasted dayum fine. On my way home, in pure fate while getting on a rail replacement bus with my resting bitch face on, I bumped into Elizabeth whom I'd drawn earlier on and we had some right good in depth banter! 

Take a look at Elizabeth's VLOG of the evening, I even make a lil' cameo: 




Also now I've made all these new local fashion blogging contacts, I'm thinking, sometime in the new year... BOOK LAUNCH FOR THIS BAD BOY...


Yep. This is the cover tease for MAP MY STYLE. Not the whole cover, just a cheeky peek. The full cover will be revealed soon and I'm going to do a post about the ideas process for this cover as there were a lot of different variations....#MapMyStyle

STAY TUNED!








Sunday, 26 October 2014

I BLOODY LOVE A GOOD TOP KNOT


I mean who doesn't?

I honestly think a beard and top knot is a winning combo. I attempted a top knot myself with an elastic band last week, however I looked less Dalston hipster and more Miley Cyrus. FAIL.


MAP MY HEART in HELLO MR

I could not have been more lucky enough than to get the fantastic opportunity to have a whole sample of MAP MY HEART in Issue 4 of HELLO MR! I am literally over the freaking moon. Ever since I first read Hello Mr #1, I knew this was something different to your normal gay lifestyle magazine. Instead of semi naked men sweating over a dumbbell, you're given thought provoking poetry, editorials, stunning photographs and illustrations and tons of ideas. I like anything where afterwards you feel like you have learnt something. Something that matters. Getting a sample (with exclusive an intro text) into this mag means that people across the globe are seeing MAP MY HEART for the first time and I have to thank Ryan Fitzgibbon for being such a star in letting me do this and working it into this issue.




Even better is that there are people instagramming their favourite photos! I love when this happens. Here's a tiny few, but if you have an issue and want to send me your pic PLEASE DO. My instagram is @domandink, tag me or DM me...

It seems there was one spread that was pretty popular. Give these lovely folks a follow @hellomr and....


Photo Credit IG; @mcqueenismypapi

                                                 Photo Credit IG @nathanielmanual

Photo Credit IG @philiplouiscalabro








DOM&INK does London Fashion Week #LFW




I haven't updated this blog in over two months. I know, I'm so shite sometimes. In between finishing off MAP MY STYLE, doing commissions and working my ass off at my part time job I've made a list of all the stuff I need to update on the blog and this was number one!!. So it's Sunday, I'm not hungover and I feel a blogging spree coming on. 

Amelia's Magazine always does great coverage of the LFW collections and I love how we get to see not just the big designers but the up and coming ones too. I was given photos from the SS15 catwalk of Min Wu and Youjia Jin.

YOUJIA JIN - Ok, as soon as I saw the outfits and saw one that had a) a power bob and b) HUGE SHOULDER PADS I knew had to illustrate it. Shoulder pads are always fun to draw as they exaggerate the proportions and make anyone look super fierce. I LOVED doing this illustration. Whenever I put these together I try and think about what colours work well also. The colour palette for this collection was grey, white and black but I wanted to add something to make that bob and sharp shoulders pop..so I added a nice tangerine colour to set it off. Colour is something I always struggle with, mainly because I don't like too much fuss or colour in my illustrations and because I'm so bloody indecisive I can spend forever fussing being all like 'ohhh does this pale pink really set off this soft green?' and then I think to myself, 'sort your shit out DOM and get on with it!' 

Next up is 

MIN WU - Wu's collection was really fun to draw. There was so much variety in each outfit I had no idea where to start as I kind of wanted to draw them all. I decided on keeping a focus on the head pieces, as I have a thing for drawing elaborate hair. I have no idea why, but give me a bouffant or huge weave and I'm all that shit like cheesecake. 

I also produced an alternate version with an added figure to show the outfit off too. I'd spent so long working on this I wasn't too sure if it really worked all that well so I sent both versions to Amelia and I agree the one without works way better as a final image.

You can read the full write up of the shows and see all the stunning outfits over HERE

Thursday, 21 August 2014

CHANGES ARE COMING


In the next few months I'll be changing things up here at Dom&Ink HQ. While this blog will still run, I want to vary the posts more. I'll be writing about my ideas, my thought process and also more on what inspires me as an illustrator. I want to talk about how to creatively motivate yourself, books that have great tips and of course, COMICS. yeahhhh. Furthermore, I'll be announcing the name of a NEW blog I'll be running alongside this...

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