Beautiful Stitched Fashion Illustrations
While pinning yesterday, we came across these whimsical fashion illustrations by Stephen Campbell (rep’d by one of our faves, The Art Department.) Mr. Campbell is an illustrator who creates his drawings in Illustrator using a mouse only, and then embroiders them onto different fabrics with various colored thread. The color combinations and quirky line quality breathes a humorous life into portraits or every day things like converse sneakers or an ampersand. It reminds me of the contour drawing assignments we used to have in art school, where you were asked to draw an object using only 1 line without looking.
Here’s an exerpt from a recent interview:
“I think of my work as paper cut-outs with many layers. My details, colour and humour are the most important. I like my figures to have just enough information to do their job. The rest is left up to the viewer to decide the figure’s name, ethnicity, story and qualities, etc.”
“My Illustrations are created in Adobe Illustrator. I only draw with the mouse. The mouse gives a line quality like a marker for me. The computer allows me to paint and mix colours. I am able to see the colour in my head. Then, with the computer colour CMYK palette, I am able to mix the desired colour. Instant gratification. In addition, I always carry a sketchbook and marker. When I travel, I am able to use my sketchbook to generate illustration throughout the year. I am always sketching a bit of something. Later, I will incorporate these little sketch ideas when needed, Sometimes an illustration might come from the drawing of a bag or shoe seen on the street or subway.”