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Neck Ties: A Brief History

Neck Ties a Brief History

The next fashion book is nearly ready to be launched. ‘Neck Ties: A Brief History,’ is taking the momentum from The Fashion Synopsis Booklet and translating it into a comprehensive experience of illustration, fashion and history.

‘Neck Ties: A Brief History’ is a mini-sized, super-packed, brief history of neck ties with a sharp focus on men’s fashion and illustration. At 2″ x 2.75″ and 16 pages the read is not long and arduous but intense and glorious.

Completely artisan from the original illustrations featured, to the hand-crafted design of each and every book shipped.

Anyone interested in fashion and intrigued by its history will appreciate the care taken in choosing this special and informative book.

Pre-Order $10

click the image to pre-order

Taking Pre-Orders now! (pre-order now)
Book launch and pre-order ship date: May 1, 2013.

Only 15 pre-order books available at $10, plus a free little gift (shipped by May 1)
After April 30 (or after the first 15) the price increases to $16.

The Give Away

Enter to get one of 10 highly coveted ‘Neck Ties: A Brief History’ books for free!

To be entered into the drawing for your free ‘Neck Ties: A Brief History’ book just

1. share this blog post or one of the images on your favorite social network (twitter, instagram, tumblr, Pinterest, WordPress or Facebook)

2. tag sunflowerman (so I can track who will be entered  into the drawing)

3. and wait for the announcement May 1st.

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The Book Page Fashion Illustration Photoshoot

Recently I was able to have a ton of fun with the Book Page Fashion Illustrations. I just set out to shoot them together to share the Book Pages as a collective and in their newest form. Some are from the latest Tie + Jacket, the Smokes and London Collections: Hackett series. It has been some time since I had the opportunity to lay them out in this manner and it really took away what breath was in my lungs. The development from the first shoot is tremendous and beautiful (the first shoot).

The Fashion Illustrations below are the newest hand painted illustrations in the collection. The majority are now available at Sunflowermanfashion.com.

Now take one home by visiting the shop.

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Fashion Illustration Web Headers

I began developing some Web-Header illustrations a while back that never were used. Hope is still strong within me that they will find a purpose one day. Today though, these fine illustrations are nice enough to share themselves as examples of my process.

When I am illustrating there is an overall process that guides the work I do. Not everything is done the same way, but almost always there is a similar strategy to them. The Web-Headers have been the most straight-forward and will hopefully provide a bit of knowledge and maybe a bit of joy as well.

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With this controlled style I start with a pencil sketch and follow it with an ink outline (I use a round brush from sizes 1-6 and black india ink, usually Dr. Ph. Martins).

When the ink dries I do a heavy wash of base colors in watercolor to cover most of the work space (This is mostly water and a little bit of watercolor to create a unique ethereal background).

Finally all that’s left is filling in the details of lights and darks to pull the form of the figures from off the page (personally I feel that it is ok to use white gouache over watercolor to create some highlights and not to just leave the white of the background, where many watercolor purists would smack me in the face at the mention of it).

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The Harrap Project…

My friend Chris Harrap had an idea and asked me to be a part in it. My expertise is in illustration and from that I was able to contribute an image for the project. There is a necessary amount of secrecy with this project but I do feel honored to show some of the process of the painting and of my end of the contribution.



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…at H. Stockton…

A while back I stopped in to H.Stockton Midtown to meet the proprietors of the fine men’s fashion boutique. One thing led to another and here we are now.

The other day I needed to a place to shoot video for a painting and Joel was kind enough to share his space. The resulting image is the feature in each of the images below. Click on each to see what it is.

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