Fashion Illustration

It’s the final semester and time to tie up all the loose ends. I feel like I’ve been working in between different mediums and on different works without having anything finished. Unfortunately it will probably continue on this way until the deadline. While I am currently working on the editing of my fashion film, I have been thinking a lot about what to do with the photographs from my fashion film shoot. They are very interesting in their own right, I love how much my models really got into their roles and gave me amazing, fierce poses.


However, I wanted to do something more creative with the images. I decided to create a fashion illustration sketchbook relating to my photographs and inspired by the women who worked in the Camperdown Works jute mills. This theme relates to my film as a jute mill once stood on the land that was the setting for my film.

I used the photographs to create sketches inspired by fashion illustrations from Vogue. I have taken colours from the photographs of the mill workers and the texture of jute and mixed this with the high fashion poses of my models in their Tyvek costumes.


Inspired by image maker Quentin Jones, I decided to use my favourite colour from my project, white, and paint on top of the photographs. I wanted the paint to interact with the photographs and create a white void on the image, relating to the urban void of the land itself. I experimented between coloured and black and white photographs and found the later to be more successful.


I also tried applying a mixture of shaving foam and PVA on top, a medium I have been using a lot this semester to create texture on my studio walls. I love that this brings the photographs alive by adding a 3D aspect.


I recently searched for urban voids in Dundee and used the photographs from this to draw my fashion illustrations on top. I used the continuous line technique to place my models in the different urban voids using both black and white pen. I also tried just drawing the outline of the models to give a ghostly, empty effect.



I brought the foam back into the sketchbook and used this as my base to draw on top of using both black and white pen. I added colour and also put the foam on top of my urban void photographs and drew on top of that. I also tried the technique used on my canvases of applying dry shaving foam that had been scraped off my wall and old canvases and used this as a surface to draw on. My  fashion illustration sketchbook is turning into a feel book it seems.



I tried a new transfer technique using white acrylic which i found to be quite interesting. There is still quite a ghostly, forgotten effect with these transfers that almost make them seem like old, damaged photographs.



I carried on with the concept of the void by cutting out the models from my photographs turning the characters into voids instead of the setting.

My current plan is to continue creating illustrations in my sketchbook and developing my techniques. I hope to create a fashion magazine from the painted photographs of my shoot to coincide with my fashion film. Watch this space for more degree show developments including my fashion film, prints, and shaving foam work.


Dundee Urban Void Collection

After shooting my fashion film at the urban void in Lochee, Dundee, I decided to set myself a challenge to find as many urban voids in Dundee as possible. I searched the streets for derelict areas in urban environments and wanted to capture not only the land, but the urban area around it that is constantly passed by pedestrians and vehicles. I originally edited the images giving them a blue hue to create an empty, quiet and sad atmosphere. However, after further editing of my fashion film I decided to make the photographs whiter to coincide with my monochrome work and relate to voids themselves which are often seen as being blank, white spaces.

I have used these images to create a photo album of the urban voids in Dundee. I hope not to highlight what Dundee does not have, but what it once had. My audience who view the photos should be reminded of what was once in the empty lands place and are filled with nostalgic feelings of life before the void, just as they would feel nostalgic over their own family photo albums.

Blue hue urban voids


White urban voids


The Dundee Urban Void Collection photo album



Degree Show Plan

It’s been a tough start to the week with the degree show proposal due on Wednesday. It felt like all of a sudden I need to know exactly what my degree show will be like, without any work completed. I went between wanting a dark room, then wanting a light room to display my work. It is all feeling very real right now. I initially showed my tutor my idea to create a room where the viewer is taken into the urban void. My plan was to have a dark room and project onto each wall the different viewpoints of the urban void at the Stack Lesuire Park, the site of my fashion film. The idea of creating an immersive room came from the discovering of Chris Engmans work. He creates rooms that take the outside indoors and makes the audience feel like they are in a completely different place.



I thought about projecting onto a wall covered in foam and decided to take out a projector to see how successful this could be. I discovered that the foam took away a lot of the detail of the image so I decided against this idea.

Specifying a dark room could be really limiting to any future work I create from now until my degree show so I took time to think, write and find out what it is that I want to say. I looked through my sketchbooks from the very beginning to capture what I wanted from the start. The whole idea of the void came from my love of white work against the white walls of the gallery space and the emptiness it conveys. I decided to scrap the idea of taking my audience into the urban void and I will take them into the white void instead.

Going back to the roots of the project, I plan on creating a completely white space that seems empty on first entering. I will be drawing on the modern gallery’s set up of ‘the white cube’ ( to create this empty world. The walls of the gallery space will be covered in shaving foam, a texture I have found that excites and entices anyone who comes into my studio. I hope this will draw my audience in to the space where they will watch my fashion film. The film will emit sounds from the jute mills, the history of the urban void that is the setting for the film. On another wall, my blind embossings of urban voids will be displayed in frames (blog post to come). These embossings seem like blank pieces of paper at first, but on closer inspection they show images of urban voids in Dundee. I hope these embossings will also draw my audience in and make them notice the land that they usually walk right past.

Inspired by Park Seo-Bo, I have been working on canvases with shaving foam and playing with patterns, levels and textures. Parks gallery spaces feel empty, but hold a lot of thoughts and skill in the canvases. I hope to create the same effect with my blind embossings. I believe that the shaving foam works best applied straight onto the wall rather than the canvases, but I am going to continue create different canvases to further develop my skills.


So for now this is where I am, a drawing of a possible room and possible artwork that may fill (or empty) that room. I will continue to develop consisting work and possibly create new work that may make an appearance in my degree show. Although the proposal has been handed in, it does not mean that changes cannot be made. May is still a while off so keep reading to find out what else I create.


Degree Show Inspiration

The final semester of my last year of university is here and, with our dissertations finished, all that’s on our minds is the degree show. 11 weeks is all that’s left before I am out in the big world of work. It’s a scary thought but I’m very excited to get stuck into making and to be excited by what I am creating. During the Christmas breaks I visited a couple of exhibitions to give me some inspiration for the presentation of my degree show. I find it very helpful to look at how other exhibitions are curated and the creative way that work is shown. The way I present my work could be vital to my grade and my overall degree.

The GOMA Glasgow is always a great source for contemporary art in its beautiful setting. The bottom floor has been taken over by John Samson with his film pieces set out in a simple, stripped back way. As I will be displaying my own fashion film it was great to see the different ways film can be displayed and how to get the audience to react with it.


Upstairs sported Max Brand and Joanne Robertsons’ ‘Poppies’. A mixture of paint and fashion created an immersive colourful experience. I will be including the costumes I made for my fashion film in my display so it was great to see how artists display clothing alongside art and the way the two compliment each other.


The DCA is a brilliant local source for contemporary art exhibitions. The current exhibition entitled ‘DCA Thomson’ displays work by current artists and illustrators alongside DC Thomson’s to celebrate the 80th anniversary of Oor Wullie and The Broons. As my work is related to local interests including the jute mills and the renovation of Lochee, it was great to see successful artists working with cartoons that are so important to Dundee. The illustrations were gorgeous and showed how you can be inspired by artists while also making the work your own.




I hope to visit a few more exhibitions including the RSA contemporaries in February was showcases the work from the previous years DJCAD graduates. I continue to be inspired by both contemporary and historical work which keeps my work developing and changing into areas I’d never expect to go.