Sunflowerman X Perry Ellis X Brothers & Craft
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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.

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by Matt Miller (aka Sunflowerman)

The second illustration in the Aesthetic Guide for the Dapper Man takes the classic American brand Perry Ellis styled on Kirk, one of the brothers behind Brothers and Craft.

THE Painting

THE Process

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The Drawing

Perry Ellis Kirk Chambers Drawing LayoutDrawing 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.

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Perry Ellis Kirk Chambers Drawing 1I 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 Studies

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?

AG4DM 2. Perry Ellis and Kirk Chambers color studies.
AG4DM 2. Perry Ellis and Kirk Chambers color studies 2.
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The Rough

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.

The AG4DM Perry Ellis and Kirk Chambers rough draft

Sketching

Perry Ellis and Kirk Chambers in the Aesthetic Guide for the Dapper Man sketches

To get updates as the painting progresses, click HERE and scroll to the bottom.