One of the things we've enjoyed so much about starting Brothers & Craft two and a half years ago, has been the opportunity to connect with so many creative people, brands and projects.
Matt Miller of Sunflowerman was one of our very first interviews. From the first time we discovered him to now, we've been fascinated by his work and motivated by his diligence and passion. These types of people are rare to come by. Honestly, there are millions of people doing a million different things, but when you meet someone like Matt, who absolutely loves what he does, it's refreshing and downright inspirational.
Several months back Matt approached us about being a part of his latest project, the Aesthetic Guide for the Dapper Man, which is an illustrated look-book featuring menswear brands across the globe, pairing them with menswear influencers. For now, Matt is sharing his week by week progress online, and we've been blown away.
We were fortunate to be paired with the brand, Perry Ellis, featuring their latest collection.
The final book is set to finish August, 2015...we can't wait. For now, check out his work flow on Kirk wearing Perry Ellis.
BIG thanks to Matt Miller and Perry Ellis for letting us be a part of this incredible project.
Drawing may be the most important step in the painting process. It lays the ground work for what will happen next. The drawing sets the proper boundaries for success.
Now I know where colors will go, where details will go, where values will go. Even if things change I at least have given myself a 'road-map' for success. I have given myself courage to complete the daunting journey of painting.
I laugh when I look at this first step in the drawing. The feet are comically large. After about 5 tries to get the proper proportions I was finally able to lay in the values and details.
Color is my Achilles Heel. It has consistently been the Resistance that works to destroy my art.
Testing is the foil to my foible.
Testing and experimenting is highly valuable. It's like cooking a meal for the first time. You have to taste it as you go. Add a bit more salt. Spritz a bit of pepper. That is where the Perry Ellis illustration is right now. In a testing phase.
Let me know what your favorite background color option?
I'm loving the relative simplicity of this illustration so far. The background is made up of simple, geometric shapes, all at right angles. It shoves all of the focus on the figure.
This way we get to focus on Kirk and the amazing Perry Ellis clothing.
To get updates as the painting progresses, click HERE and scroll to the bottom.