Mikey Espinosa – Soul Mirror (custom)

Second of three customised pieces.

When drawing the design for this T-shirt, I was heavily inspired by mirrors and frames from the 1800s Art Nouveau era. Exaggerated swirls, grand, fantasy and hellenistic sculpture were in my thoughts when it came to collecting ideas for the content of the drawing.
Mikey Espinosa - Mirror front customWhen customising, I wanted to bring the eye to the fine details such as the jewels and the women which probably didn’t stand out as much in the original black and white design. DSC_0262 I did accentuated the drawing by using golds, yellow ochre and white paint to create depth on the details. Mikey Espinosa - bead close up top Beading was also used to bring out the jewels and the frames. I used gold and transparent beads for the outline.Mikey Espinosa - Mirror close up beadingWhen painting onto fabric, it requires a lot of patience because there are so many fibres you need to paint and dabbing the clothing with a fine paintbrush allows you to reach those white empty spots. It is best to pin the clothing down so that the garment doesn’t move along with the pressure of the brush.
Mikey Espinosa - Mirror CustomThis is the final outcome. I remember when I was in Philippines Boracay, there were people painting onto fabric and this brought on the idea of doing so. The only problem is that the paint slightly stiffens the painted areas but the colour is vibrant compared to using clothing dye which would be best for a softer look.

 

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