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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

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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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A Collected Gentleman

If you have not heard of A Collected Gentleman yet, please stop and see what is going on with that community (acollectedgentleman.com). The posts are all by one man and focus on several aspects of a creative life. A Collected Gentleman highlights great style with an economical mindset.

“My aim is to show style and self acceptance is priceless and that you can look good without breaking the bank.” -A Collected Gentleman

The fashionable mindset is carried through the photography, the styling and even the poetry.

I met Isaiah Johnson (A Collected Gentleman) on twitter. He had inquired about the cost of fashion portraits after eyeing some of my fashion illustrations. We tweeted a bit and below is the result of our conversation.

Isaiah Johnson, by Sunflowerman

Isaiah Johnson, by Sunflowerman

To have your own Fashion Portrait contact sunflowerman at sunflowermatt@gmail.com

or you can meet sunflowerman on…

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Men’s Fashion Illustration- Art Papers Donation

I am excited to share this six spot progression of my latest Men’s Fashion Book Page Illustration. The unfortunate aspect is that I had to rush and I couldn’t scan the steps, but thank goodness for my iPhone. Another day saved by the amazing technologies at hand.

Take a good look if you are able, at the process here. There is no pencil drawing as guide for this illustration. I went straight onto this page from ‘The Birth of Western Civilization’ by McGraw Hill, using an ink well and a round brush.

Steps 1 and 2 have a disparity in documentation so I will attempt to fill the visual blanks. After laying thin washes of watercolor in the body and scarf I immediately began adding highlights with titanium white acrylic. From there each step speaks quite clearly to the use of watercolor layering and white acrylic highlighting.
hint (Pay special attention to the use of colored glazing in the lapels of the jacket.)


Men's Fashion Illustration

Men's Fashion Illustration

Men's Fashion Illustration

Men's Fashion Illustration

Men's Fashion Illustration

Men's Fashion Illustration


This Men’s Fashion Illustration is being donated to Art Papers, located in Atlanta, GA. A friend told me about the opportunity to network with over 250 other artist and numerous art collectors and there is no reason to pass up an opportunity of that nature.

I still know little about the organization that is benefiting from this amazing donation.

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Illustration Weekly, Styling Mike

Illustration Weekly 5

For the second week of the new illustration series at The Follow Fashion I give you Mike. Mike is one of the minds behind the success of The Follow Fashion Online Magazine which provides daily inspiration with links to designers and clothiers all over the web and the world.

The Follow Fashion

Mike of the The Follow Fashion

This new series will be capturing the fashion icons of our day such as Patrick Grant and  Scott Schumann and re-styling them through illustration. Submissions/suggestions of who you think should be included are welcome.

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