Back to school – or back to arts? I love autumn, as it holds the refreshing air of new beginnings. It brings new ideas, motivation and definitely some creative vibes!
It was great to have this enthusiasm vamped up by my favourite art store London Graphic Centre , as I attended their special Student Day. You could get involved in all day workshops and activities to get your creative juices flowing. And of course get a goodie bag!
I couldn’t skip the possibility to leave quite a big mark on the shop’s space right at entrance, where you could draw with Posca markers! I have used them in the past a lot for illustration on paper, but only now I realised that they can be applied to fabric and glass. They work fantastic on big scale too. What do you think of my illustration of the beret girl?
Another treat available at store was the embossing of the Moleskine. Everyone’s most desired sketchbook always looks better with your name on it 😉 I went for red as it’s this season’s hottest colour and finally got myself a sketchbook with storyboard frames. Excited to use it for my film brainstorming!
A couple of weeks ago I had one of the most glamorous and beautiful live illustration sessions. I have been invited to perform live over Aldo ‘Reign or Shine’ FW17 press day in heart of central London.
It was an exclusive session for stylists, bloggers and influencers, as well as the brand itself to capture some gorgeous dreamy shoes from the collection.
The best part for me as live illustrator is the opportunity to engage with people and direct contact with the model. Some people laugh how chatty I am over my live illustration sessions, but to me this is as important as every stroke I do on the paper – as it is directly affected by the nature of the person, their style, their voice… And how inspiring it is for me, when I have a chance to directly engage with some of the key influencers and get to know them in such unique way!
Whenever I had a chance, I drew the shoes from the upcoming collection. The FW17 is truly lush – pink pastels and grey tones are truly romantic and feminine. Fluffy furry accessories will make you want to snuggle all winter long. However, there were a couple of really bold embroidered pieces that made sure the collection isn’t monotone. I especially will look out for the silver and shiny long boots!
One of the highlights for me as an artist was to draw a couple of significant bloggers and VIPs over the event. Without a doubt beautiful DJ Zara Martin was one of them!
Another lovely lady who was waiting in line to get her portrait done was blogger Freddy – I tried to depict her sweet nature!
Finally the third of my favourite bloggers I drew was Mona’s Eyes – she is incredibly smart, kind and was very happy to receive a lot of applause from her 🙂
There are certain accessories that will never go out of fashion and small bandanas are certainly one of them. A bit retro, pin up and rebellious – they add that extra punch to a look, whether you keep it chic or playful.
Italian fashion is known for their love for colour and accessories, therefore there was no wonder that luxury fashion outlet Fidenza Village teamed up with 5 worldwide known illustrators to produce 5 exclusive limited edition bandana in tribute to futurist artist Depero. Very graphic and vibrant designs printed on solid, high quality italian cotton can finish any look and add that juicy touch to any fresh spring look.
My favourite bandana was done by Roman Muradov and here is how I styled it in 3 ways compromising current high street trends.
LOOK 1 – BANDANA AS HEADBAND
The classic bandana on a head always reminds me of 50’s pin up girls and I think they just look plain girly sexy and fun.
LOOK 2 – BANDANA ON WRIST
These bandanas are so colorful and beautiful, that I thought they could look amazing as a bracelet on its own. The geometric shapes made it look like piece of art and it brings a lot of attention to your handbag when you hold it as well – so make sure your bandana matches a bag you carry.
LOOK 3 – BANDANA ON NECK
Final classic look that was very trendy last year. This is perfect for an formal or office meeting.
Bandana: Fidenza Village – Kreativehouse – design by Roman Muradov
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.
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
Credit: Adriana Stan
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.
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.
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!
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.
I am a fan of markers of all sorts and I was happy to find my all time favourite Staedler Pigment Linerwhich 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!
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!
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!
Officially we may have a calendar spring, but you can hardly see it in London. Rain, cold temperature, grey sky… not much has changed since February!
However, it is definitely a lot of brightness coming up in my heart due to exciting projects I will be releasing in May.
A lot has been going on in my career – juggling it with my full time role as graphic designer at Lulu Guinness – but I am definitely positive to say, that things are moving and also had a couple of exciting comissions, which I will soon write about.
I feel like received a touch of light wings when I found out, that my unreleased video ‘One Day’ (premiere 6th May) has been nominated at Bokeh Fashion Film Festival by Mercedes Benz in Capetown. This is my absolute debut as a musical art director and I am thrilled to see, that dreams started to see reality…
But! I will be more writing about it in next posts – as there is a lot to share!
In the meantime I am glowing in a beautiful dress from Luxemme, the beatiful sheer draping in white made me feel like a dove. The dress is of an excellent quality and I definitely think it is a strong piece that could make a good entrance at a cocktail party (If only it became a bit warmer!). I matched the matte white with holographic accents to give the look a classy, shiny statement.
All photos were taken by my favorite street style photographer Zac Mahrouche, who I am extremely proud of for recently getting accepted at London College of Fashion. Well done!
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?
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.
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!
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 🙂
This post will be slightly different – and it will be the first step to the new direction of my blog, where I will start sharing thoughts and experience. This is an urge driven by my soul – I feel that by being honest about my past and journey I could help and uplift. I hope that my reflection can be universal, but I have a special intention to inspire creatives and artists – those, who often need the support the most on the path, that often is full of road blocks. I am still on mine – and I constantly follow my heart – and by surrounding myself with like-minded creative tribe I receive energy that helps me keep moving forward as well.
So let’s get to the major theme of this post…
Highlights of 2015 for Adriana Deco
winning a competition and creating illustrations for H&M Oxford Circus
I became a head graphic designer at Lulu Guinness
recording my EP ‘Destiny’, completing Urban Development course
filming two professional music videos with top notch film makers
discovering new passion – live fashion illustration – leading to top clients like Tod’s, Moet Hennessy, H&M (Vogue Fashion Night Out), Mahiki Club
starting this blog and eventful London Fashion Weeks
I was hesitant about X Factor, but I decided to include it as a bullet point – it’s a twisted and unfair story, but making it to the Wembley was still an achievement – and greater achievement was overcoming the pain and getting back on track
meeting a lot of supportive people, who shared their talent, wisdom or advice with me.
It is quite a long list and for each experience I am extremely grateful; however, my most beautiful realization is that my music videos – projects that come truly from my soul – are the ones I am mostly proud of. Even though I haven’t received any applause, exposure or financial rewards (yet! 😉 – these are the projects that make me feel most connected to my soul purpose.
I can’t wait until official campaign of my Destiny project starts – it is more than an EP – it is a personal story, where my music and visuals finally create together a vision. To bring it all together to this point the roller coaster of emotions definitely paid off.
Wishing you all a prosperous, inspiring, fulfilling year – full of positivity and strength to create your DESTINY in 2016!
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.
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!
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!
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.
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!
Each of us has those moments of falling in love with a song instantly.
That was my case when ‘Lay Me Down’ came out as a single, before Sam Smith’s album debut was released. I remember that I haven’t felt the affiliation with the melody ; it doesn’t happen often with new releases.
About year and a half later this song became a top chart hit.
I am so happy for Sam Smith’s huge success and he is my great inspiration. I feel a great connection with his melodies and I like to say his songs remind me a bit of my own – therefore I felt like my first published cover had to be a tribute to his music.
The last couple of months have been extremely busy, including the shoot of my music video for upcoming video, EP photoshoot, some animations, songwriting. I am thrilled to release it all in right timing – stay connected!
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Last night I ended up on a long bus ride all the way from East to West London.
That night bus trip that makes you realise that with most of the street/corner of the city you have associated memory and feeling with. I guess at that point most people settle down and feel comfortable they have tamed the city and already developed a bond, closeness and relationship with it.
For me this is the point where I get tempted to discover new alleys and allocate new memories with it and rebuild foundations.
I come to the conclusion that I’m a gypsy at heart?
I like to mix prints and patterns and I was feeling a bit bohemian – the hat always adds that feel. The elements of gold in it and also on the heels added a bit of electric feel to the boho feeling and brought out the spark.
Again with Zac Mahrouche we were exploring the Notting Hill. Enjoy the last day of bank holiday!
It looks like the spring has finally come to London and I always get so happy when the sun visits the streets of this vibrant city!
I am an absolute fan of graphic black and white and I continue the journey of this combination before the full blossom of flowers arrives. The Kenzo cap is definitely the focus of the look, but I decided to tone it down with a loose, semi-elegant shirt. The shorts and knee highs added a bit of playful element. In total I achieved a look which is sexy, quite elegant but also playful.
I am a huge fan of vintage and I could not help to have a peek into a pop up shop with absolutely beautiful selection of unique vintage garments. The extremaly large mirror encouraged me to strike some poses!
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.
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.
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 .