Comparing VOGUE Covers from 1920’s to 20th Century

This was a piece that was incorporated in my recent A Level ‘Spirit of Art Deco’ Exam project. This was to compare the differences and similarities of Vogue covers over time.

I started with the date my project is based on (1920) and found it was very illustrating based in its style. I then looked at 1940 where it was still heavily illustrative inspired but the side text on the front covers started to appear and there was a more realistic approach to the style. The next was the 60s where it had taken a massive jump to photographs and its recognisable font and appearance that we see today.

This whole piece was done with watercolour and ink using a range of sizes of paintbrushes to create techniques from realistic skin textures to fine lines for the fonts.

My favourite is the 1940s one because I feel this shows off my skill the best and enjoy how the layout out is presented on the page.


1920, 1940, 1960, 2016


My favourite


Harry Potter, Warner Brother Studio Tour, London

I took a trip to the Harry Potter, Warner Brother Studio Tour in London a couple weeks ago. I was not only inspired by the great amount of sets and artifacts from the films but also amazed by the work and skill put into making the films and everything we see in the duration of them.

I was mostly inspired by the sketches and plans for the Hogwarts school and the scene boards for the characters in the film. I was so taken back because I got an insight on just how much work is put into films like this and how every detail is taken into account to meet very high standards. The style and presentation of these artworks were shown as sketches and carefully measured drawings done with pencils and ink pen, which I liked the look of.

I enjoyed viewing the illustration-take on the scene boards the most because they were simple yet detailed at the same time.

There are also some photos of the graphics work created for the props in the films. They are so creative and just like everything else, so detailed. I loved just looking at all the small artifacts and plans for the Harry Potter series and has definitely inspired my future work in illustration and graphics.

I have also inserted photographs of the building plans too. These are made from white card and incredibly detailed within the structure and form of the architecture. Looking at this, you can appreciate the detail and precision one needs to have an end result like these.


Art Deco Patterns

I decided to play around with Art Deco patterns more and see how they can be incorporated into an illustration piece.

The first two patterns are from secondary sources, printed from the internet but the last is painted by myself. They all are created using watercolours; the thin black lines are made using highly pigmented watercolour and a size 0 brush to get small, smooth, controlled lines.

I like these pieces a lot and would like to work more in this style as I think it’s similar to my own map idea (earlier post) so is quite original and it’s also fun to work with.


Printed pattern, done with watercolours


Printed pattern, done with watercolours


Self-created pattern, done with watercolours


V&A and The National Gallery

Recently I visited the Victoria and Albert Museum and The National Gallery in London.

I did this to inspire my recent work for my Art Deco project. I was looking at not only the artwork on display but also the architecture and structures of the buildings around me.

I found this trip inspiring but was down that the Saatchi Gallery was taken over by a single exhibition at the time I visited; I would like to re-visit this gallery in the future. I found a few artists and artworks which have developed in my project, mostly focusing on patterns of the 1920s Art Deco movement.



Developed Art Deco Illustration

This was a development I made to my last art deco style with illustration. I focused more on the face due to inspiration from the artist: Katie Rodgers.

I still ran with the idea of making it Art Deco using patterns instead of the fashion during the 1920s. I really like how these turned out and want to work more in this style and with these different medias like watercolour and ink and also fabric.


Primary image inspiration, using watercolour and ink


Done on Fabric with watercolour and felt pen


Secondary image from fashion magazines, using watercolour


Secondary image from fashion magazines, using watercolour

Art Deco in Illustration

My current AS project is based around The Spirit of Art Deco. These are a few pictures of work inspired by Erté and André Edouard Marty which then lead to my own style where I used etching on fabric and worked over it with felt pens.

I have now created a series of these pieces of fabric, some from the same etching sheet and some from a few primary photographs I took of my friend.


A few studies of Erte’s work


A few studies of Andre Edouard Marty’s work


My own design and Artwork


Portraiture with Maps

I took my own spin on the artist: Ed Fairburn’s work, so instead of creating realism in maps, I used illustration to create similar pieces. I find that using the illustration to copy straight onto the map gives a slightly etched style which I quite like.

It was done in biro which gives a more precise, clean look and makes it more subtle in the map but then still insures it is seen.



This was an experiment in preparation for a final piece of my AS coursework. This was done using layers of maps, cut on the contours and stuck on top of each other to create a 3D appearance.

The illustration was then hand drawn and worked into with coloured fine-liners and sewn into with thread then placed between the frame glass and box frame. This made it stand from the background and gave room to add lines of thread to replicate how to measure on a map and tie in the sewing on the drawing.

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With inspiration from the artist André Édouard Marty’s style and incorporated the element of cover fashion. This is an addition to my current project in AS which explores ‘The Spirit of Art Deco’ and also shows a french twist to add elegance and variety between my pieces.