Catwalk Couture: Salvage [Plates 2 & 3]

Despite the fact that I completely changed Niall’s pose, I was able to salvage more from the men than I did from the women. This is why Lonan and Niall each have a plate, whereas Ifu and Xia only had one to share. Also, I had fewer painting disasters with the men’s clothes. They just came out nicer overall.

I’ve been posting paper dolls online for at least five years, give or take. Anyone who’s followed me for even part of that time knows I have an incontrovertible bias toward men. This morning I was drawing gowns and found myself mentally wandering. I love beautiful dresses, but I just find men’s clothes more interesting to draw! Maybe it has to do with the fact that most men dress badly ~ ha!

Anyway. Originally everyone started out with a foundation of Burberry.

For the men, I chose Tom Ford next instead of Balmain. There are only a couple of pieces from the original set that I didn’t salvage, and all of the shoes for both the men and the women. I really liked the shoes and wanted to salvage them. But since I had no line art and space on the plates was at a premium, I decided to recycle them into the new plates later on.

Also worth noting is that I redrew Niall’s Tom Ford jacket for his Oscars tuxedo. I just really liked the style for him: he would so wear something that borderline tacky. I really had to work hard to salvage Niall’s stuff, but there were pieces–like those tiger shorts and that hat that I refused to let go. Lonan’s stuff made it over like Ifu’s–with minimum fuss.

It’s been so much fun to work on this series for this last month or so since I scrapped the first set of dolls. There’s no end to the resources to draw from and I feel like a kid in a candy shop. There are fashions from the last five years I’d love to get to, but just the new stuff coming out has been immensely consuming!

Once again, if you have a favorite designer, let me know because my tastes run pretty particular. I’m trying to branch out and pick unusual things to challenge myself. But Alexander McQueen, Balmain, Marchessa–I could stick with those three and be in hog heaven forever.

I’m still figuring out this series as I go. And learning to render lots of interesting patterns and textures!

Sunday: an outing at the Oscars!

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  • Julie Matthews

    It’s great that you tackle male paper dolls so frequently. I love the way you used a scarf to keep the two halves of the jacket together!

    • thank you! i think i spent most of my childhood trying to come up with creative ways to solve the open jacket problem on paper dolls. soooo many very complex experiments ~ hahahaha

  • RLC

    Also impressed by a creative solution to the Open jacket paper doll problem. I love the plaid (again) and the texture on the brown leather jacket.

    As for favorite designers, have you looked at Oscar De La Renta’s stuff? Before he died, of course, and I also have a fondness for international fashion weeks like the ones in India and South Africa. There’s some pretty cool smaller designers who show there and they are well worth tracking down.

    • I will look into de la Renta! and what a great suggestion on the shows; i never know what to look at and there’s so much to sort through, so this is very helpful! thank you!

      p.s. i was very fond of that jacket, so i was determined to make it work. then again, i think i might be too-fond of most of Lonan’s clothes ~ hahahaha