Today is the next installment in our Living Skirt Art Series! It’s a crowd favorite, and we don’t like to disappoint you all, so… Be sure to stick around to the end of the post for a sneak peak from Ajaire from Call Ajaire who is playing along with us this month.
Only once before in our Living Skirt Art series have we chosen to bring an illustration with a skirt in it to life. All the other times we’ve chosen to bring paintings to life. But illustrations, and specifically fashion illustrations are so prevalent, and in many cases, very, very good, that we just had to bring one to life today.
Fashion illustrations usually aren’t titled like paintings are. When you start digging, the focus is as much on the artist as on the illustration. Kelly Smith is an Australian Illustrator, working predominantly in fashion and beauty. She has an impressive client list from Armani to Valentino! For her approach she uses graphite pencil for 90 per cent of the work. After scanning the drawing in, she adds colour and tweaks the image using Photoshop. Since she uses Photoshop, we had to stay true to the artist and use Photoshop to play around with our image as well.
This fashion illustration has two skirts, as you’ve probably noticed. Aria’s skirt is a hand me down from a good friend. It’s very good quality, from a company called Meadow Rue. It has tons of hand embroidered details, inside and out.
Allegra’s skirt is a recent “thrift store score” and she absolutely loves it! If she’d found it in a retail store she’d probably have bought one in every color. As it is, she’s asked me to make her a few more, but I’m having trouble sourcing a pre-pleated fabric. If you know of one, we’d be extremely grateful if you’d leave the source in the comments.
Artist: Kelly Smith (check out her website here: http://www.birdyandme.com.au/)
Models: Allegra & Aria
Skirts: Meadow Rue & thrifted pleated maxi.
To see all the other works in our Living Skirt Art series, click here. As always, check out our Skirt Art (Paintings) and Skirt Art (Illustrations) boards on Pinterest. Any suggestions on which piece of skirt art we should be inspired by next?
Also, go visit Call Ajaire for your next art viewing experience in our Living Skirt Art series. Do you recognize which piece of art her adorable Bean is portraying?