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Fashion, Fashion Illustration, Live Illustration, London, London Fashion Week

London Graphic Centre x Fashionary – Video – live illustration demo

To celebrate London Fashion Week I had a wonderful opportunity to present my live fashion illustration at my beloved arts store in London – London Graphic Centre. In the heart of Covent Garden, the spot regulary crossed over the fashionistas attending the shows, I had a pleasure to present my skills and tips while drawing on beautiful templates provided by Fashionary.

I can’t express how excited I felt when in the store that few years back I was in awe as a first year LCF student I spotted a huge poster promoting my session.

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But the real joy came when the attendees started to arrive. It was a great crowd – interested in my process of drawing, patiently waiting for their illustrations. Some great art and smiles were produced that day.

Credit: Adriana Stan

 

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Credit: Adriana Stan

 

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I had a chance to also present some of my favourite art materials, but the main spotlight was reserved for Fashionary – a leader in producing unique fashion sketchbooks. I was drawing live an illustration in the postcard.

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Adriana Stan Photography

It’s been truly one of the best experiences I had as a live illustrator, surrounded by lots of joy. I do hope soon there might be some new exciting adventures I will pursue with London Graphic Centre… so watch out! 🙂

Big thank you to London Graphic Centre, Fashionary, Min Joo Chan, Adriana, Bansri and all dear friends for the support that day.

Credit: I Shoot People

Credit: I Shoot People

What I Wore: 

Jacket: Bershka

Top: Balmain

Glasses: Aldo

Film by: 

MinJoo Chae

Photography by: 

Adriana Stan 

I Shoot People

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Fashion, Fashion Illustration, London Fashion Week, Street Style

3 Last Minute LFW Must Haves

Are your LFW outfits all ready to go? Or you’re not quite there yet? Trust me, it took me a while to finally decide what to wear to my favorite weekend of the year, making sure I check the boxes for current season hot style, comfort and that effortless stand out factor. I always invest in my LFW key pieces while making sure that these will be the items I will love to wear not only during the event. After researching in stores, observing street style in London and what really looks cool and chic I made the selection of 3 key items that are LFW must haves (and beyond!) Bonus? The selection I picked actually will go along with all the other products… so if you’re still searching – here you go!

1) METALLIC / WHITE SNEAKERS

Effortless, comforable to run between shows – nothing beats a good pair of sneakers. I do love heels, but since last year I allowed myself for the first time (!) to wear flats – I discovered a new world. And those sneakers just look so plain good and simple. And that metallic + white combination is super chic and look fantastic both with wide leg trousers as well as jeans.

My buy: Lacoste

2) Luxury brand Logo Top

Gucci broke my heart. I bought my dream Gucci t-shirt with 80’s logo replica (not mentioned, as it’s sold out 🙁 ) only to find out a day later that it’s been out of stock. It was my major fashion investment for this year and key piece with my outfits. I had to let go off my pain (practice non attachment!) and find a back up plan asap – and found the alternative in Balmain. A great investment in practical luxury, that will go beyond fashion week days and keep a luxurious tone with casual wear.

3) Collar Fur Coat

Even though winter in other parts of the world is much harsher than in London (reminder when I went to Liverpool last week!) – fur coat is also welcome in warmer weather. Especially if we are considering and focusing on fur more of an accessory and attachment, which almost looks like a scarf. I especially love the nude and rose tones or just keep in simple black with oversize fur collar.

My buy: Karen Millen

What are your top 3 buys for LFW? Do you agree with my selection? Watch out for the street style looks where I am wearing my top 3 buys and enjoy LFW!

 

16 February 2017 by
rotary1
Fashion, Fashion Illustration, Live Illustration, Travel

Live Illustration for Rotary Charity Ball (and medieval retreat at Hotel Krasicki)

Slow early January? That hasn’t been a case for me. I have been busy with my freelance work and also my first live illustration gig happened for the first time for me in Poland – in the region, where I come from. I have been invited by Rotary club to perform live illustration over their annual charity ball. It was the first time as well when the illustration was treated as in the form of charity – all the money spent on each individual portrait was going for the cause.

I was wearing this unique red dress from Lou – I wanted to be stand out and I thought that the collar and long sleeves with the waist ruffled bottom made it look super classy and elegant.

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I drew a lot of beautiful ladies that night dressed in very chic ball dresses, but I had to make a highlight on this lady who was also in red!

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It turned out to be extremely popular – while everyone was dining and wining, I was working super hard until 2AM!! And not everyone got drawn… I had to rest eventually after 5 hours 🙂

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Luckily I could catch a breath next day, as the event was taking place at the magnificent hotel Krasicki – have you ever wondered how it is to spend a night in medieval castle? Well, the ride up to northern part of Poland (Warmia & Mazury) could be just the right destination. The area is famous for many medieval castles and this one has been magnificently adapted to a 4 star hotel. You may think it is very cold inside (hence the winter full of snow outside) – but i was surprised how well heated the room and corridors were!

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credit: hotel Krasicki

It has a SPA (treated myself with a facial and massage after long night before), swimming pool, sauna… It does feel funny when you walk the corridors which are truly complex – you might actually get lost! I literally felt as if I was visiting one of those castles which are museums, but wandered off the official tourist trip and just was visiting it on my own and was allowed to touch all the objects 😉

The restaurant also was special – again had that museum vibe to it with a traditional elements of regional folk design. And traditional polish cuisine served with the top notch taste was delicious.

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credit: hotel Krasicki

It was a perfect getaway for me to enjoy live illustration, party, and the stay at the nice hotel… Travelling to Warmia (FYI the cleanest part of Poland) is very easy and cheap from London – since the opening of the new airport in Szymany, you can get a flight from… £7,99! I think that was the cheapest flight I ever took in my life – it was more expensive than luggage!

So, anyone fancies a medieval get away?

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Art Direction, Fashion, Fashion Illustration

My Top 4 Illustrated Christmas Campaigns

Most anticipated, beloved, inspiring, sparkling… and yet most stressful, with most pressure, sleepless nights time in retail and fashion industries? Yup – it’s Christmas time ladies and gentlemen!

With all the galore of sparkling wishes and promising gifts comes that huge responsibility of packaging your anticipated gifts and selling them in the best way possible! How to do that, when the market is so saturated with all those emailers to the point when all the Christmas graphics start to blend into one convoy of big red background with some bling?

Well… I always have one advice for this.

Be FUN!

Festive time is perfect to be light hearted and joyful. I absolutely LOVE Christmas (I am that cheesy kind of Christmas fan) and even at work I couldn’t think of approaching it any other way.

I have been blessed to work this season as illustrator and graphic designer with great British fashion & retail brands this season and I am delighted to show you all the branding, art direction and creativity I offered to them. In following order: Dune, Lulu Guinness, Antler and Sabine Getty!

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I cannot lie – this has been my favourite Christmas brief in 2016. I have been working with Dune since last year, but it was the first time when I have been asked to create their official Christmas card both in online and print.

The idea was to show a lady with shoes, but I took it further with the idea of the GIF and some cute elements like the dog, snow, unwrapped bags etc.

I hope you have spotted that one in newsletter if you ever shopped with Dune! 🙂

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I worked for a year as graphic designer at Lulu Guinness and recently left, but I managed to work on their  Xmas campaign (as early as in August)! The idea was to merge my illustrations as props with the actual shoot of bags. So the actual illustrations were transformed from A4 ink illustrations into these massive A0 boards and… here’s the final effect! Absolutely love the final outcome (worked on this with the PR & Marketing team).

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Antler

I supported the brand as freelance graphic designer over the Xmas period. Since Antler’s branding is minimal and clean, I thought I could introduce some sparkle for the special festive occcassion. Here’s the jumping deer (aka Antler’s logo) joyfully promoting the Xmas sale!

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Sabine Getty

Falling jewellery instead of snow anyone? That was sort of the vision for designer Sabine Getty and her Christmas card. Sabine is the daugther of the founder of Getty images and I was requested by her team to create a GIF depicting her collection falling out of Xmas sock. The graphic was used as Xmas email card and appeared across social media.

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What is your favorite Christmas campaign I worked on? Do you have any questions and thoughts on creative process? Feel welcome to reach out and comment!

Wishing you wonderful, blessed Christmas x

London Garaphic Centre
Fashion, Fashion Illustration, Live Illustration, London

London Graphic Centre – How to draw clean

A couple of weeks ago London Graphic Centre organised a Students Day, greeting warmly new arts students with events, workshops and special discounts in their flagship store.
Although I have graduated a while ago I still remember the days of when I was a London art student and since then I have been a regular customer and fan of the store and all the great supplies that London Graphic Centre has to offer. And I was more than happy to receive a couple of goodies that arrived in my bag!

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I am most popular for live illustration and quick drawings, so I like to work quite clean.

I always start a sketch with a pencil and that must basic tool for any designer wasn’t missing in the bag! I did a quick outline of proportions and composition with the pencil.

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I am a fan of markers of all sorts and I was happy to find my all time favourite Staedler Pigment Liner which I always use for my sessions. It is perfect for details of the face and gestural accents.

Finally I usually finish my illustration with ink and brushes to add the contrast and bold lines, however I found a great alternative for this with this pocket size, cute thick marker. I was surprised how great it can replace the bold edges if you run out of ink!

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If you are a student make sure you get a 15% off discount card from London Graphic Centre. As a student it saved a lot of my budget and at the same time I did not need to compromise on the quality of the artwork I was creating. The best deal is that it works with the current instore promotions and you can especially get amazing deals on sketchbooks – you can never have enough of them!

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When it comes to style I am quite obsessed with the trend of slip dress. Now that we have colder weather it’s even more fun to layer it over other pieces. The romantic 70’s embroidered shirt with a collar is toning down the dress that could also be worn as an evening piece. I finished it all with jeans which almost look like jeggins and I thought it’s cool to see how each individual strong pieces from different styles come together and can keep you a bit warmer and more daring!

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What I wore:

Dress: Mango

Shirt: Mango

Jeans: Miss Selfridge

Photography by Zac Mahrouche  

Thank you London Graphic Centre!

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Fashion, Fashion Illustration, Live Illustration, London

Live Illustration at TOD’S

I can’t believe it’s going to be a year since I have been comissioned for my very first first fashion illustration event. My journey started off in a true grand way – in the heart of Old Bond street, famous for being an epicenter of luxury boutiques in London. Tod’s happened to be my very first live illustration client and I was drawing guests over their Valentine’s breakfast. I remember I was very excited but at the same time a bit nervous about the outcome… How on Earth will I be able to draw a portrait under 10 minutes? Will my quirky fashion portraits appeal to high-end luxury clientele and bloggers?

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Photo: Hannah Harley Young

And to my surprise they did – beyond my wildest expectations! The guests were lining up for hours to get their portrait done and it brought so much excitement to the event! I had to stay an extra hour over my session. It was a massive success and eye opener to my new passion…

What I absolutely love about live illustration is what standard illustration is missing – is connection. The bond I create with person I draw, the pace, the emotional scan. Even if the illustration is fun and of course quite abstract – I get so much satisfaction when the portrayed person sees themselves in it.

My first live fashion illustration session at Tod’s was life changing and carved a new path and passion in my artistic career, which I am definitely pursuing.

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Photo: Hannah Harley Young

I already have some exciting live illustration sessions booked in upcoming months!

Don’t miss out my live illustration session this weekend at We Built This City – loveliest art gallery and stylish souvenir store in heart of Carnaby street, that also was awarded as the best independent business in Soho of 2015!

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I have been invited to bring some lovely rosy vibes in style of Valentines. I will be drawing between 1:30-4:30 PM 13th-14th February – the entrance is free and only £10 per portrait. Bring your second half / friend / lover – as the aim is to do double portraits with a person who stole your heart 🙂

Find out more details about the event here!

Are you an entrepreneur looking for an exciting entertainment for your event? Get in touch via info@adrianadeco.com and book a live illustration session, would love to hear from you!

All photos in courtesy of Hannah Harley Young

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Fashion, Fashion Illustration, Live Illustration, London

Adriana draws at H&M over Vogue Fashion Night Out

In September I have performed one of the most exciting live illustration sessions. I have been invited by H&M to support their flagship store in Oxford Circus as part of the Vogue Fashion Night Out.

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It was a great night that brought many fashionistas, who seemed to be more interested in getting my illustration than shopping – even if that meant standing in the line for about one hour! It was so challenging and yet made me so happy that my crazy fashion portraits turned out to be the attraction that brought so much attention. Drawing for 4 hours without any break was hectic, but extremely rewarding. And it went so fast!

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Thanks to that night I met wonderful people with whom I already started collaborations. I will be writing about them soon on my blog.

Are you looking for entertainment for the event? I am now taking bookings for Christmas season and will be happy to add sparkle with my drawings! Don’t hesitate to get in touch or recommend me!

 

cropfodor
Fashion, Fashion Illustration, London Fashion Week

LFW AW15 – fashion Illustration for magazines

 

London Fashion Week SS16 is just round the corner and my excitement over approaching season builds up everytime I receive post invitation to ucpoming shows. While putting into calendar the LFW schedule and preparing outfits (still confused what to wear!) I decided to do a little throwback to fashion illustrations published as tribute to AW15. They were comissioned by London based fashion magazines – Disorder and 55 Pages. For Disorder I have illustrated couple of the funky looks from Mens Collections. I have been collaborating with 55 Pages (as part of 55 Factory) for 4 LFW seasons so far and it is an exciting journey to be a contributing editorial artist.

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Fyodor Golan

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Balenciaga

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Jonathan Saunders

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Fashion, Fashion Illustration, London

SUKI London – Illustration and Launch

I have been commissioned a while ago by emerging luxury fashion designer SUKI London to provide her fashion illustrations for her SS15 collection and invitation to the launch party held at Wolf & Badger. I focused on delicacy, watercolor washes and ink that resembled the meticulous lace used all over the beautifully crafted dresses.

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The event was held at Mayfair’s Wolf & Badger, which was a perfect location for an intimate launch with fashion friends. The luxury theme of SUKI was supported by beautifully arranged refreshments!

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Me and LZ Lu, founder of SUKI London

Check out SUKI London new collection and website – http://www.suki-london.com/!

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Fashion, Fashion Illustration, London

H&M x London College of Fashion – Private View

The exhibition of fashion illustration at H&M is unfortunately finished, but I am still living the beautiful memory of that grand momentum. The event was celebrated with the private view that was arranged at the H&M gallery of the flasghip store in Oxford Circus. The night was warm, breezy and definitely exciting. It was wonderful to meet the fashion illustration enthusiasts and of course the other illustrators that were involved in the project.

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Illustrators: Isabella Cotier, Fiona Gourlay, Maisie Noble, Adriana Deco

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Left: Niamh White (SHOWstudio gallery curator), Fiona Gourlay

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Hugging Sue Dray – illustrator and my course leader BA Fashion Illustration LCF 

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All photos by Zac Mahrouche.

HMgirls
Fashion, Fashion Illustration, London

Illustrations for H&M

As part of the collaboration of H&M with London College of Fashion I have been given a project of every fashion illustrator’s dream. I won a competition for Fashion Illustration graduates to illustrate one of the H&M new season collections.

My illustrations have been arranged in the most representative part of Oxford Circus store – right at the entrance in the heart of Oxford Circus, where the heart of fashion world beats loud and proud. They are large scale prints and are set up with the mannequins.

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In addition to this the 4th floor lounge at H&M oxford Circus will be transformed into a pop-up gallery, where all the projects are presented.

More photos from the launch party and event coming very soon!


The exhibition runs from Monday 16th March to Sunday 29th March in the opening hours of H&M flagship store in Oxford Circus from 9:00 – 21:00 .

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