India Makailah Graham
India Makailah Graham
Decided to start a new thing, a daily outfit sketch, super kwik. Not of me but things in my head or outfits I see, or things I would like to wear I guess.
Good news and bad news! The good news is that this illustration has a video, AND my first audio commentary!!! Check it (hold on, having issues with the audio not uploading, OK fixed now):
Yes, this is a very exciting time...never realized how monotone I sound when I’m talking.
Here’s the final drawing:
The bad news: just found out that Sywork no longer exists so all of my videos (about 6) that I recorded live on there are gonzo. It’s my own fault for not backing them up but once you stream live on Sywork there was no way to download those videos, so I’m pretty sad about losing those.
model: Steffi Argelich
photographer: Mario Sorrenti
publication: Vogue Italia Nov 2016
Based off of a photo of model Willy Morsch in BLVD. Done last night.
This is Liya Kebede shot by Patrick Demarchelier for Vogue Italia April 2016. Trying to be loose and messy.
Karlie Kloss by Patrick Demarchelier
Stella Tenant from the story ‘Color Blocks’ shot by Tim Walker for Vogue Italia 2007. Live stream of this up at Sywork, here.
I tried to do a lot more painting here rather than just line work and purposely kept it rough.
Comme des Garçons fall 2016 - cloth armour, just wow.
There are definitely limitations to digital drawing tablets, such as being able to zoom in/out instantly with your own eyes. This alone is really frustrating for me when using a tablet to draw, because on paper at a glance you can see if your stuff is in proportion. This allows for a lot more free-flow linework, in my opinion. Unless you own a gigantic tablet or drawing monitor like the Cintiq I guess, you have to manually click to zoom in/out and that disconnects you from where you were, and you have to constantly recalibrate your point of reference - essentially starting over every time you click the zoom button.
Not sure if that made any sense but to me it's a real limitation of the current drawing technology. Of course you can get used to it and work around it or even probably turn it into a benefit but I’m not there yet and that was a strength of mine when working on traditional paper. I’m finding that digital works best for really perfect work, or concentrating on one area. Whole body is either super reduced gestural with minimal detail (because you’re never zooming in), or you have to attack each body area sequentially by zooming in/out over and over and it drives me crazy.
So, if I were to draw from live model, I would still choose paper over digital. Incidentally, I stopped by an Apple store and tested the new ipad pro, and the pencil is just phenomenal with excellent weight. The ipad itself, not so much, most probably due to the paint program which was way inferior to Photoshop. There was barely any noticeable lag to the strokes, but you could still feel the stylus drivers algorithms were over-tweaking your stroke somehow. If I had the money, I would probably go for a Cintiq or maybe the Surface Pro, but the hot keys on the Cintiq are a major bonus.
Just a rant because I’m not happy with my sketches today.
A quick livestream of this, at my Sywork channel. Sorry there’s no sound, I was fiddling with the Soundflower settings and somehow switched it off and then...just left it.
Based on a photo by Sonny Vandevelde.
original photo by Mikael Jansson
Original photograph by Kevin Tachman
Based on a photo by Sonny Vandevelde
Various backstage, too much magic backstage at Gucci. Alexander McQueen above, Gucci below.