Friday, 31 October 2014

Talking at London School of Fashion: Fashion Illustration

This week I was invited to the London College of Fashion to talk to the fashion illustration students.  I was in a panel discussion with NoĆ©Mie Schwaller, Editor in Chief of DASH magazine and Charlie Herman, illustrator and Community Manager at Talenthouse.

We chatted about how what kind of portfolio you should get, the importance of networking and the pros and cons of different internships. It was a lovely experience and hope I had some useful advice for the students. 





Willa, x

Wednesday, 15 October 2014

A Holiday in Girona

You may have noticed that I've been a little quiet online recently.  That's because I have been catching the last of the summer sun in Spain.  A friend was getting married in the Catalonian countryside, so we used the opportunity to see Catalonia, relax, read some books and indulge in some art.
We booked a sweet little Air bnb just outside Girona; a working farm.  It was beautiful and peaceful with chickens, ducks, rabbits, cows and not-so-wonderful mosquitoes.  We learned our lesson after the first night, and closed the windows before dusk.

Our Airbnb apartment

It was a great holiday.  Here's some of my highlights:

Can Ginebreda's erotic sculpture park
Amazing! Okay, I have to admit that the sculpture was not always my cup of tea, and the artist (Xicu Cabanyes) seemed to have a mixed style, but wow!  This massive park sits on top of a forested hill with incredible views and there was noone around. Noone except Xicu and his assistant, who have been working, creating sculpture within this idyllic workshop with his many cats and dogs for 40 years.  How he managed to swing this studio space, I don't know.
I dream of a studio like that!

Admiring the sculpture
View from the park




 The Dali Triangle

Three tourist spots in Catalonia; Dali's house, Dali's theatre museum and the castle that he gifted his wife.  The museum was an amazing building, but not the best collection of his work.  plus it was super busy.  But, the houses were wonderful! A real insight into Dali's life.  I've been reading into the relationship between Dali and his wife Gala - truly interesting

the view from Dali's house
Dali's theatre museum
The wedding
Of course! David and Tine hosted the most fabulous weekend.  A pinterest worthy wedding in the Catalonian countryside.  Think farmhouse, picnics rugs, boutique food vans, cake tables and the most amazing scenery.  All topped off with a bit of limbo dancing and early morning dancing in a field. Beautiful!.
cutting the cake
Catering from a vintage caravan


Thursday, 18 September 2014

New Work - Food Illustrations for Tesco Magazine.


I’ve recently created some lovely food illustrations for Tesco magazine.  They were created quickly to meet their deadlines, but I’m still really pleased with how they turned out.








Tuesday, 16 September 2014

New Work - Beauty and eye care illustrations for Boots Magazine.

A while back Boots Health and Beauty magazine asked me to create number of spot illustrations for an article on eye health.  They've finally been published in September's issue, (in store now).  Keep an eye out for them (no pun intended).








Friday, 12 September 2014

Live Fashion Illustration for H&M Studio AW14 launch - photographs



http://www.willagebbie.com/Live-Drawing-Events


Last week I was delighted to work with H&M to do some live drawing for their Studio AW14 pre-launch event.  I was drawing at their Oxford Circus store and met some lovely people.

Photographer, Rob Cartwright came along to document the evening.  











Monday, 8 September 2014

Digital illustration workshops with Microsoft


Recently, you may have spotted on Instagram and twitter that I have been working with Microsoft to host some drawing workshops.  I was teaching people how to draw portraits on the new Surface Pro 3 tablet.

Over the two weeks, I went from Nottingham; Birmingham; London; Glasgow; Newcastle; Manchester; Bristol and finishing with two events in London.  It was a lot of travel, but I was with a great team and it was a lot of fun.

Drawing on a tablet is a different experience from drawing on paper, and I'm restricted from working in my normal ink and watercolour, but I have developed a slightly different handwriting for digital drawing using thicker lines and solid colours.  It's a good way of trying out something different.  Scroll down to see some examples of my ipad drawings.

Working with Microsoft
Explaining how Photoshop works

My drawing style as a digital tablet drawing
Fashion drawing on an iPad

Monday, 28 July 2014

Commissioning illustration for social media.


Recently, I've been creating a lot of illustrations for Tesco.  I've worked for their paper magazine before, but this time it's different.  I've been creating work especially for their social media outlets; Instagram and Twitter (@BeautyatTesco and @TescoFood).  It's the first time I've been commissioned for editorial illustrations in this way, and I think it's pretty exciting.

It's reckoned that a tweet with an imbedded image is much more likely to be retweeted. Hurrah! We've always known that a picture tells a thousand words; which in essence solves the issue of only having 140 characters.  Plus, illustration is an perfect way of solidifying your companies brand and making it instantly recognisable.

It's great to see that Tesco are taking their social media seriously; creating new and interesting content while supporting the creative industry.  Rather than the all-too-often regurgitation of images that have long lost their copyright owners.  I really hope it is succesful for Tesco! If it is, then I'm sure more online magazines and blogs will start using illustrators in this way. 

Perhaps this is a new arena for illustrators to excel with the demise of the classical publishing industry?