Sunday, 23 November 2014

*Christmas Special* - Personalised Fashion Illustrations available for preorder

A lot of people have asked, so I'm finally doing it! 

This Christmas, for one day only, I'll be offering people the chance to purchase their very own live fashion sketch at the unique price of only £25.  Perfect as a christmas gift for your fashionista friends, or a little treat for yourself.

To make it even more special, you'll be able to watch your fashion sketch being drawn in real time as part of a Live Drawing Event!  I'll be capturing the pictures by tweeting and instagramming, so you can see my process and ask me questions. throughout the day.

This is a special price for this event only.  Places will be limited so book early to avoid disappointment. you can pre-order through the depop app here

What you get: 
On the 8th December, I'll tweet you, to let you know when your artwork is being created, with a link through to a live stream, where you can watch me creating your artwork in real time.  
You'll then recieve a unique, personalised fashion illustration signed and wrapped, posted to your door. The illustrations are created in pencil, ink and watercolour on 300gsm Fabriano watercolour paper. They measure 8’x10’ so will fit into standard frames. A frame is not included.
Artwork will be posted in a hard-backed envelope on Monday 8th December by next-day, signed-for delivery. Please note, that this only guarantees Christmas delivery for those living in Europe, North America and Canada.

Once you've purchased your illustration on depop, I will contact you and ask you to send me a full length photograph of you (or your friend) wearing a favourite outfit.
Photo guidelines:
- one person per portrait and humans only please!
- a clear, full length picture.
- If you want to be wearing something different, please let me know and I will try to adapt the illustration.
- some clothes work better for illustrations. Black can be a bit boring but textures, prints, sparkles and furs look great.
I'm really looking forward to the event! If you have any questions let me know.

Willa, x

Tuesday, 18 November 2014

Live Portraits with The Jockey Club

Another live drawing event! This time with a difference.  
I was asked by The Grand National and The Jockey Club to attend a dinner event and create a series of fashion sketches of people as they mingled and during dinner.  The sketches were to be portraits of the attendees, each wearing a hat, in ode to a day at the races.  Hats were provided by the fabulous Awon Golding and Lizzie McQuade and provided some excellent inspiration and couture shapes for the portraits.

Obviously, I didn’t want to spoil the attendees appetite or make them feel awkward, so I tried to be as inconspicuous as possible.  It’s not an easy task to capture 20 portraits over dinner when people are eating and chatting; especially when you’re trying to keep track of who you have/haven’t drawn already. *yikes.

Here's some photographs (with thanks to The Jockey Club) and some of my favourite portraits from the event.

my tools
A selection of the beautiful hats on offer

The amazing venue

Drawing secretly in the background

Wednesday, 12 November 2014

New Work - Portrait for Stella magazine

Truthfully, this commission was from back in August, but I'm just getting around to showing it.

I was asked to create my smallest ever commission. A teeny tiny portrait for Stella magazine at a miniscule 26mm wide.  Despite it's small size, it was no simple task to create a good likeness at this size.  I had to use simple, bold lines and strong colour to make it work.  A bit different from my normal style.
In fact, the art director, Jason Morris, had contacted me after seeing this ipad drawing on my website.  He thought that this style would be ideal for this simple, yet fashionable brief.

So, I set out to create an similar illustration, created with ink and watercolour.  And here's what I came up with.  Two options.  The art director had wanted something straight on, but I felt that the angled head would be more interesting for this graphic piece.  I'm pleased that they went with it.

 I also created some hand lettering for the article title.

Unfortunately I missed the image being used in the magazine; shame.

x, Willa

Monday, 10 November 2014

Live Fashion Illustration with Links of London.

Photo from @labelsforlunch instagram Lettering by me.

Last week I was asked by Links of London and Epiphany to attend a blogger event and create some live fashion illustrations of the bloggers.
As always, it was a great night.  The girls were all so lovely and made sure I got plenty of cupcakes to keep me going. Unfortunately, I didn't get any pictures, but I've shared some of the great pictures from instagram below.  Thanks to everyone for your lovely pictures! It's great seeing them being shared and loved.

Photos from

x, Willa

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.