The weather is getting colder again and my Endure sweaters are back! My model Junoh is 6ft 4 and wears an XL sweater. Available at www.mikeyespinosa.bigcartel.com ! The T-shirt is associated with my latest Fairy Tale book “O&Love“
I’ve been watching a lot of black and white films from the 1940s-60s, especially films starring Veronica Lake. I feel
her image and talents created an iconic style of beauty for Hollywood in the 1940s.
I pencilled her out before using ink to thicken and darken the lines. I kept the skin blank, only highlighting shadows
to give her that airbrushed and mysterious look.
I finally filled in the hair and skin using photoshop. Ink has always been my favourite medium and using
water to help adjust the opacity.
The first sweater I released and the final customised piece!
Like the Endure sweater, the characters featured in the illustration will also be featured in the comic I’m working on “Cian a world by Mikey Espinosa.” This piece definitely took the longest to do and I will show you why!
When doing the illustration I focused a lot on Spring time as Spring is the season known for new life, animals are coming out of hibernation, flowers are beginning to bloom and the grass becomes greener! For me Spring is such a Romantic time, Valentines day has just finished, it rains a lot (kisses in the rain haha) and it’s a time to get cosey just like winter. so I decided to create Roses.
I actually started by cutting an upside down triangle at the back, I find the back to be quite a sexy part of the body and I wanted to reveal the spine and shoulder blades.
With the back cut out, I wanted to bring attention to it but make it elegant and romantic. With the path of the roses, I originally wanted it to start from the lowest point of the triangle then spread out to a slightly off shoulder position. I felt that this would create a very heavy and dragged look which I didn’t want. The roses themselves are individually hand stitched. I used a tie dyed blood red and burgundy fabric with printed black lace and gold fabric that shimmered (sorry I’m not so clued up on materials, I just touched and felt what I felt was best). I had an issue with the gold because it frayed easily but realised that this added charm to the perfect red roses. They were created by cutting random long triangular shapes and stitching the thinnest point of the fabric then gradually stitching sections of the loose pieces onto the sweater, to put it simply think of stitching down a spiral.
And that concludes the customised pieces! Hope you have fun customising whatever it is you have. Before you throw away clothes, recycle and reuse 🙂
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.
When 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. I did accentuated the drawing by using golds, yellow ochre and white paint to create depth on the details. Beading was also used to bring out the jewels and the frames. I used gold and transparent beads for the outline.When 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.
This 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.
I just want to say a quick thank you to everyone who’s supported everything I’ve done so far and everyone who has bought one! It’s been about a year since I’ve started this blog and most of you have followed me throughout the year, seeing me experiment with styles, hair, art work and showing off my purchases (mostly toys haha). I appreciate everything and now the next step is to carry on and continue to work harder and better!
This is how you would receive the sweatshirt and here’s the Rebirth sweatshirt available here
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