Fashionable Illustration for an Upscale San Francisco Brand

Fashionable illustration is a glove-like fit for my signature illustration style. I always enjoy the opportunity to work with upscale source material.

A few years ago, I was commissioned to create a series of celebrity portraits for my client, Ami Arad, in San Francisco. Ami heads a brand called “Wingtip.”

It consists of an apparel boutique and an upscale club where the fashionable citizens of the City by the Bay congregate to hob-nob, network, and lubricate. I wrote about it in this previous post:

Celebrity Portraits, WSJ Style, Part 1

Some time later, Ami contacted me for further Adventures in Fashionable Illustration. This post involves two separate projects we did together.

Fashionable Elevator Art

Wingtip, the Club, is accessed by elevator. Ami thought it would be fun to imprint my illustration work onto these doors, in human scale.

After considering various dramatic characters, we settled on a couple from the James Bond movie franchise: Daniel Craig and Berenice Marlohe. We were toying around with these two gents, initially:

Source Material | Bond, James Bond

Source Material | Bond, James Bond

Because Mr. Craig’s leg on the right was a bit awkward in the photo, I borrowed from his partner to come up with my working model…

Source Material | Fixing Mr. Craig's leg.

Source Material | Fixing Mr. Craig’s leg.

Ms. Marlohe’s image was good ‘as is’ for my purposes:

Source Material | Bond Girl, Bérénice Marlohe

Source Material | Bond Girl, Bérénice Marlohe

Here are the two elevator-door designs. I hope to travel to the Golden City to see them in action some day…

Life size Fashionable Illustration | Elevator Man

Life size Fashionable Illustration | Elevator Man

Life size Fashionable Illustration | Elevator Lady

Life size Fashionable Illustration | Elevator Lady

Fashionable Cocktail Art

The second project was for the Wingtip clothing line. Mr. Arad wanted to do a fresh take on the Blue Blazer. Here is a bit of history for you, Dear Reader:

Back before the turn of the 20th Century, there was an alcoholic beverage, a cocktail, called the Blue Blazer. Jerry Thomas, “The Professor” of mixology of the time, pioneered this fashionable, flammable concoction.

Back in the Day, this liquid wonder was artfully produced by tossing flaming spirits from one tumbler to another! The Professor’s lively activities are recorded in the excellent book on drink entitled, “Imbibe!” by David Wondrich. Now, I have been reading this book on the sun-drenched beaches of Long Beach Island, New Jersey for a few years.

So, it was curious to be asked by my client to illustrate Mr. Thomas, who I had privately thought I’d gotten to know! Ami Arad was apparently reading Mr. Wondrich’s tome as well. The source image was an anonymous engraving:

Source Material | Jerry Thomas The Professor of mixology.

Source Material | Jerry Thomas, The Professor of mixology.

My task was to create a high-resolution image and a low-resolution image. The first to advertise the sport coat and the second to be incorporated as a graphic motif in the lining of the Wingtip Blue Blazer.

So, here is the product of our toils. in high-def and lo-rez:

High Resolution Fashionable Illustration | Blue Blazer - Jerry Thomas

High Resolution Fashionable Illustration | Blue Blazer – Jerry Thomas

Low Resolution Fashionable Illustration | Blue Blazer - Jerry Thomas

Low Resolution Fashionable Illustration | Blue Blazer – Jerry Thomas

I’m looking forward to wearing one of those Blue Blazers!

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