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Gary Taxali
Fashion Illustration for AUBIN & WILLS
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© 2010 Gary Taxali "Any Thing Festive Goes"

Here is a recent illustration I created for a very prominent fashion Label in the UK called AUBIN & WILLS.  Every season, A&W comes out with a publication called The Almanac.  Each quarterly issue features an artist who creates a piece of artwork which landscapes the entire front cover, the inside front cover, the back cover and the inside back cover.  I was asked to be the featured artist for Christamas 2010. The brief included the following Dorothy Parker poem for inspiration for the art:
 
ANYTHING GOES
Drink, and dance and laugh and lie,
Love the reeling midnight through,
For tomorrow we shall die!
(But, alas, we never do.)
~Dorothy Parker

 
I hope it's evident from the final art that the project was a blast to work on.  The publication is art directed by the fantastic and first rate talented AD Declan Fahy (who is also the Deputy AD of Esquire UK). Declan told me he really likes my interplay of typography and illustration.  Any chance I get to implement typogrophy, I jump on it.  I am a typographer by nature and utlizing it in my work with pictures always gives me great joy.
 
In addition to the printed art, the artwork will also be on men's and women's shirts as well as handbags.  I will post the apparel and bags in an upcoming follow-up post, likely closer to Christmas.  Stay tuned!
Here is the sketch I sent to the Declan. He approved it immediately. When creating the final, I made some executive decisions (pretty minor) like losing the bowler hat in favour of a crown for the cover and adding in a runaway monkey and making the type smaller and to the right for the inside front cover. I also added in another character for the inside back cover called "FER SURE". I think it's important for the initial mark to be the thing, or at least capture the spirit of it. I also work in a very minimal way in the sketch stage as I want the art to come alive on its own and not to be a tracing of the initial drawing - that is a sure fire way to suck the life out of a picture.

FRONT COVER

INSIDE FRONT COVER

BACK COVER

INSIDE BACK COVER
ALL IMAGES © GARY TAXALI 2010 - ALL RIGHTS RESERVED



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