Monday, 19 December 2011

Decoy Issue 3 out now!!

The third issue of my fanzine Decoy is now available, and as you can see has made the jump from black and white to colour. I've reimagined my favourite male model Will Eustace in Dior Homme and Versace H&M for the cover.

Richard Gray's phenomenal exclusive illustration is the A2 centrefold for this issue, with an accompanying interview. It also has a fantastic full page exclusive by Jean Paul Thurlow, and interviews with Alex Noble, Akmal Shaukat and Sabine Pieper.

Above are two of my own illustrations for the issue, (I posted a different one a few weeks back) and the Richard Gray exclusive. To look at more info head over to my website!

Thursday, 15 December 2011

Here It Is!

The new issue! (click to enlarge)

It's finally gone to print and will be available from tuesday 20th december at the latest. I couldn't resist drawing my favourite model again, Will Eustace, who is becoming something of a muse to me, this time wearing Dior Homme SS12 and Versace x HM.

Decoy has made the jump to full traditional colour newsprint with this issue and with a slightly increased page count too, I'm very proud of this one!

The issue contains:

four new illustrations by myself, a COLOSSAL A2 exclusive centrefold by Richard Gray, with accompanying interview, an exclusive illustration for Decoy by Jean Paul Thurlow, and interviews with Alex Noble, Sabine Pieper and Akmal Shaukat, all with illustrations.

To be notified the moment it becomes available, email
Head over to Trendland to see the exclusive preview!

Thursday, 8 December 2011

Thierry Perez

I made this post a while back but had to delete it because of a Virus scare. Thankfully, I still have all the images, and now a few new ones! It's super hard to find Thierry's work online. The book 'Fashion Illustration' by Nicholas Drake has always been the key source (and is wildly cheap on amazon now) but apart from that, I'm stumped. He was clearly drawn to super fierce women of the 90s, most notably, all the supermodels and Madonna, who he continuously drew, and as I saw in the book 'Madonna in Art' continues to draw Madonna in each new incarnation of her image. He worked exclusively for Gaultier until 1991 which shows in all the outfit illustrations for Madonna's Blonde Ambition Tour.

However, he will always be known for the fashion illustrations featured below. One interesting clip of an Alaia show shows a rare animated illustration feature worked into a clip of Alaia's spring 1991 show, including Neneh Cherry.

More after the jump . . .

Saturday, 3 December 2011

George Stavrinos in Colour.

The above two are apparently for a German company that manufactured fabric.

'Rustler' for Blueboy Magazine.



Anyone who owns issue 2 of Decoy or have visited this or my own blog, I've been a big fan of George Stavrinos for a few years. Since Sue Tait Porcaro launched the Facebook group 'Fans of George Stavrinos' many more of his hard to find illustrations have been uploaded onto the page.

Given that George was primarily known for his black and white drawings, I thought it would be interesting to compile a post of all his colour work. There is a lot of work for the gay porn magazine Blueboy that appears to exist NOWHERE online, and the best I can offer here is what I have managed to source either myself or via the works that have been uploaded to the facebook page via other group members, including members Herb Greenwood and Robert De Michiell which I am infinitely grateful for.

While the illustrations here bare all the hallmarks of George's technique, it's the black and white work for Barneys and Bergdorf that really did set him apart. I guess with these being in colour, they become endowed with reality too much, and the black and white work allowed Stavrinos to play about with line and stylization more, playing on his accentuation of edges and strong angular shapes. Admittedly, I still prefer his monochomatic work, but these goes to show that George was no stranger to colour and in fact used it very effectively. I'm still desperate to see these illustrations in their full glory. Some of the drawings, particularly the one directly below, are studies for other illustrations and not final pieces.

'Study for Bather'

Unknown. Guessing for Blueboy magazine?

More after the jump . . .