// illustrating covers //


Ana Strumpf is an Illustrator, interior and product designer, creative consultant and director, she is but one single thing; a creator. She has partnerships with brands such as, Bertolucci, Tok&Stok, Micasa and Walt Disney Co. Her drawings are illustrated in Vogue, in which she collaborates her monthly column Olho Mágico, and online show A Moda da Casa with Style.com and Nylon.


Her illustration work done over fashion magazine covers, has traveled around the world. In her hands everything obtains new colors, packaging, and meaning. This also happens to the places she decorates, whether in São Paulo, Miami or New York.

To view more of Ana Strumpf’s work, you can visit her website at – http://www.anastrumpf.com.br


The images above and below are illustrations I have created over magazine covers, using Ana Strumpf for inspiration, I generated these through Adobe Photoshop, and used different techniques to produce and change the original magazine into something a lot more brighter, colourful, more interesting and something that I felt looked good.


// 5.30 wake up //


Saturday 10th October 2015, my alarm rings at 5.30am it was time to get ready for a day trip to the big city, with my best friend. With my hair and makeup done, clothes on, teeth brushed, we headed for Southampton Central Station for the 7.15 train to London Victoria.

We arrived in London at 9.45, sparing time for breakfast before heading over to the V&A Museum to view the exhibition, Shoes: Pleasure and Pain. We had booked the 11.15 slot, so opted for a short walk around the fashion collection which covers the four centuries of clothing.

11.15, our time had come, Shoes: Pleasure and Pain, this exhibition looks at extremes of footwear from around the world, showing about 200 pairs of shoes, in the five categories, transformation, status, seduction, creation and obsession. Examples from famous shoe wearers were shown, alongside a range of historic shoes, many have not been displayed before. Photographs weren’t allowed to be taken inside the exhibition, with their no photo policy up, but you can always view images on the V&A website, which I would totally recommend if you don’t get a chance to see this exhibit yourself. Before heading off Jake wanted to see a few more of the rooms in the museum, so we saw parts of Asia, Sculpture and the Furniture collections.

Towards the one o’clock mark, we decided to head to South Kensington, to a place called Raison D’Etre, an authentic mediterranean french cafe. Both me and Jake had a filled baguette and a drink, I had L’Halloumi, which consisted of halloumi cheese, za’atar, grilled peppers and sun dried tomatoes, with a fresh banana milkshake. Jake opted for Le Fraicheur, a smoked ham, avocado, cream cheese and basil baguette, obviously his drink being a coffee. These were absolutely delicious, most definitely one of the best places I’ve eaten lunch at, everything was just super fresh and with the all the different combinations they offer, there’s something on the menu for everyone.

We’d planned to go to Portobello Road Market, the world’s largest antiques market, we wanted to thrift shop. So after we’d let our food go down, Portobello road was our next destination, short cutting through Kensington Gardens. Saturday was the best day to see the full street market, with antiques arcades, antique stalls, new fashion and vintage. Stopping and starting, walking down through the market was tiring so on our way back towards Kensington we had a short pit stop at a pub for a drink, before again hitting the road to walk back through the gardens, which are extremely pretty, you forget you’re in London at times.


The time flew by, but still saving enough, to ponder around Harrods before walking back to Victoria Arcade, where again, we ate, at a little place called Etnacoffee, a Sicilian street food cafe. If you want to confuse your taste buds, this is the place to go, it’s hard to explain, it’s a snack sort of place, selling deep fried savoury foods. I had a mozzarella and aubergine wrapped in some sort of pastry, which was pretty tasty, but my other choice and one of Jakes too, was basically a mozzarella and ham doughnut, it was weird, your first initial bite, was like mmm, doughnut, but then it wasn’t a sweet taste, it was savoury, and it was so odd. I’d still recommend getting food here though, something different from your everyday dinners.

At the start of the day we’d aimed to get the 20.30 train back home to Southampton, but we were ahead of schedule and absolutely exhausted and so we decided to leave the big city an hour earlier.

See you again soon London.


// five new Instagram favourites //


This week I’ve been hitting up Instagram to view some exciting pieces of work from a range of artists. Some older and more well known, somer newer and that you need to know about. So that’s why I’m here, to show you my top five Instagram ‘faves’. So let’s begin…

5. Bil Donovan

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At number 5, we have Bil Donovan, an artist, fashion illustrator and educator. He creates work that is elegant, chic and timeless. He has a unique blend of style and spirit which has been utilised by the likes of Christian Dior, Mercedes Benz, Neiman Marcus and Yves Saint Laurent. He captures an essence of glamour and beauty through a pose or gesture throughout his fashion illustrations.



4. Krister Selin

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In fourth there’s Krister Selin, an international integrated designer from Finland, currently based in London. He uses both traditional craftsmanship and modern technology to create his illustrations and designs, which has lead to some diverse projects, including digital design for international fashion houses, fashion illustrations for magazines and web design. His work is very feminine and sometimes delicate, its graceful and pleasant to view.



3. Lucie Birant

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And in third here’s Lucie Birant, a freelance illustrator from Paris and has worked for a range of brands and magazines including Lancôme, Karl Marc John, Stylist and Kult Italy. She combines fashion, illustration and painting to create unique artwork which is beautifully clean, with its neat line work and composition, yet playful with bold colour choices and original concepts.



2. Abby Phillips

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In second place we have Abby Phillips, from the US, she is a young mixed media artist, illustrator, writer and creative director. She is also the editor in chief of the alternative publication, SAD GIRL Magazine. Her mixed media art and illustrations use collage, photography and illustration to create her eye-popping images. Her work is killer, and very creative and the use of her mixed media, is shown through textures.



1. Krizia Banogon

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Which means in first we have Krizia Banogon, she is a fashion illustrator from Filipino and based in Manila, Philippines. He style is realistic, and her illustrations are very fascinating. Detail is huge factor with the work she puts into the hair and the eyes. Most of the time she is looking at fashion and beauty images and she constantly experiments with her style as she doesn’t want to limit herself, but mainly uses graphite pencils, ink and a pen tablet. All of Krizia’s work is beautiful and I she experiments with such detailed illustrations by mixing in some colour for backgrounds or adding colour into accessories in both fashion and beauty illustrations.



// welcome to my blog //


My name is Alanis and I’ve just started a Fashion Degree at the Arts University Bournemouth, here I will be displaying creative posts weekly.

Firstly here’s a fashion illustration piece by Florian Meacci, I came across his work a few years back, and when someone says the word illustration this is the man I think of. He draws with biros, and paints with watercolours for each of his pieces, and the contrast between the two is fascinating. Meacci’s art is about contradiction, in some of his work he likes to combine things which are not made to be together, he always tries to put something unexpected.

His work is very inspiring and helps make you think outside of the box, especially if you view his other pieces of work, you really understand the differences, and can see the contrasts between parts of the whole piece, viewing his pieces I always want to know why does he chose to create conflict between imagery.

You can view Florian Meacci’s work by clicking the links below –