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Official Omaha Fashion Week Runway Illustrator

 

My new gig as Omaha Fashion Week’s official runway illustrator has been announced! Really excited about this opportunity to be involved with fashion week in a whole new way.

So far, I have already illustrated one look from each designer that will be showing at fashion week next week. And they look AWESOME.  I can’t show them to you yet because I don’t want to spoil the debuts of the designers’ clothing collections, but the illustrations turned out real, real good. (Also, I’ve seen the collections that will be shown at OFW and they also turned out real, real good!)  Printed cards of these hush-hush illustrations will be available for purchase at Omaha Fashion Week. I will be selling original artwork at a table at the event each night too so come say hi and look at my AHHHHHHT.

I’m planning on doing some on-site sketching. If you are pre-partying at the tent, I’ll be bouncing back and forth from my table to the platform models. LIVE MODELS! FASHION! ART!

 

 

Right now, I am taking orders for original illustrations straight from the Omaha Fashion Week runway.  If you are a designer, model, relative/friend/fan of a designer, or a local fashion and art lover, visit my shop to see the different illustration packages I have available. You can order just one piece of art or commission me to draw an entire collection!

Can you imagine the look on a designer’s face if an illustration from their own runway show was a congratulatory gift for them? Art is SUCH a good gift.  And what would be a better way to remember this red carpet event? Treat yo’self!

 

Watercolor and ink illustrations I created from looks at past fashion weeks. Designers: Kate WalzKate WalzBuf ReynoldsWallflower.

 

I am currently taking orders for illustrations for the upcoming Omaha Fashion Week’s fall 2015 shows. Please visit the OFW Illustration section in my shop to pre-order an original illustration and to see the illustration package options:
OFW Illustration Packages

You can also email me at info@audiohelkuik.com if you’d like to talk about placing an order.

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Vivienne Westwood fall/winter 2015 illustrations

I still have the doodle bug (will I ever NOT?) so I drew more runway looks.  Here is a set of charcoal drawings I did of Vivienne Westwood’s fall/winter 2015 menswear collection.

 

Vivienne Westwood design drawn by Audio Helkuik

 

Vivenne Westwood design drawn by Audio Helkuik

 

Vivienne Westwood design drawn by Audio Helkuik

 

Vivienne Westwood designs drawn by Audio Helkuik

 

 
 

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Katie Eary fall/winter 2015 illustrations

I’ve really been in the mood to draw/sketch/doodle/etc lately.  I was drawn to Kate Eary’s fall/winter 2015 menswear collection, so I decided to illustrate a few of the runway looks.  The color palette was SO saturated I could not wait to bust out my Prismacolors!

 

Katie Eary designs illustrated by Audio Helkuik

 

Katie Eary designs illustrated by Audio Helkuik

 

Katie Eary designs illustrated by Audio Helkuik

 

 

Katie Eary designs illustrated by Audio Helkuik

 
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Posted by on 01.28.15 in art, Fashion, Fashion Industry

 

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prysm.break collection video

Garments and accessories from the prysm.break collection available soon at audiohelkuik.com

 

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Rookie Animator

I wanted to make a short video for my prsym.collection debut.  I went back and forth on what sort of look I wanted for the video.  After deciding that I’d be making the video myself (because I like to do EVERYTHING myself), I felt a few limits shift into place on what type of video I could make.  I have very little video-making experience, and I mean VERY VERY little (maybe a loud wind-infused video from a 5th grade project…..does that even count?).

I remember thinking to myself, “I can draw, so technically I could animate, right?  And now I can draw digitally, so technically I could probably animate digitally…..right?!?!?”  and that was the confident-ish beginning step into my first ever animation project. The next 10,000 tedious steps of the process weren’t so confidently maneuvered.

Storyboarding time. My first time.

First step, get some sketches going.  I knew I wanted to use a loose style of illustration.  I’m really into that right now.  Maybe because I’m trying to slowly let go of my perfectionist tendencies.

Drawing digitally outside with my drawing pad.

Crrrrrrrrrotch. Someone’s gotta draw ’em.

Technically, I think I taught myself motion graphics skills instead of animation, but I keep calling it animation anyways. Animation sounds cooler to me because it’s always been a dream job, but I think in reality a lot of the video is created through motion graphics.  I’m too much of a rookie to really know for sure.  And really, either way, my video still looks the same no matter what you call it.

Time to get those graphics in motion! DANGER: LEARNING CURVE AHEAD!

I finally got the hang of getting things to grow, shrink, slide, twirl, etc.  It was very tedious work, which I sometimes enjoy. This was not one of those times.  I’m sure there’s animation software that maybe helps with some of this finicky work, but I was working out of Photoshop.  Photoshop is really not the greatest program for this project but as I maybe mentioned a few dozen times: ROOKIE.

Building a digital marionette looks a lot like dismembering a human.

I pretty much changed 90% of my original storyboard idea, but I like what I came up with.  At first I changed my concept due to the fact that I have extremely limited skills.  Then I changed my idea AGAIN because I realized that I could, in fact, create my original concept  if I spent enough time on it and my secondary idea was boring to me.  I found a happy medium.  I made a video that allowed me to learn a new skill, but didn’t make me spend an extra six weeks fleshing out an idea using the same skills I just mastered in a ridiculously repetitive manner.  Compromise is hard for me, but happy mediums are happy.

Working on my animation project out in my porch office.

After many, many days of rethinking and refining, my prysm.break video is FINISHED!  Even though my video is only about a minute long, I had to create it in six or seven separate files since my computer couldn’t really handle all the frames and layers I had going on in Photoshop at once.  I didn’t get to see all of the sections cropped to the right size and set to music until the very end.  That’s a lot of anticipation!

Watching my prsym.break video in its entirety for the very first time. So much emotion!

Hold on to your pants, folks.  The prysm.break video will be debuted this Friday!  One minute of  awesome rookie animation headed your way!

 

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Sketching prysm.break on EVERYTHING

Every time I start absent-mindedly sketching lately, I draw people wearing items from my prysm.break collection.  While the collection hasn’t made it’s way to my online shop yet, it has definitely invaded ALL of my drawings.  Here’s one I doodled while I was waiting for the iron in my studio to heat up.

prysm.break vest sketch

DON’T. MOVE.

This one is on the back of a receipt.  Seriously, I have gobs of sketches like these all over.

I like drawing prysm.break clothing.

I like prysm.break.

prysm.break tank sketch on back of receipt.

prsym.break is coming soon!!!!!  SO SOON!!!!!

 
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Posted by on 06.16.13 in art, Fashion, Studio Life

 

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Digital Drawing Time!

I don’t acclimate to new technology very readily.  My mom gifted me with a digital drawing tablet almost a year ago and I’m embarrassed to admit that it took me months to actually take it out of the box.  When I first tried it out, it was very hard for me to use.  I like real life. I like pencil and paper.  I felt like drawing digitally provided too great of a disconnect with my art.  Also, it was confusing for me to draw on the tablet and have the image I’m drawing appear on the screen.  (Again, technology is kind of hard for me.)  I made myself draw a few sketches before I packed it up again.

First digital sketch I did: The Whistling Giant

 

(Okay, confession: The first digital sketch I ever did wasn’t really The Whistling Giant.  It was actually a zombie Harry Potter zooming around on a broom, but it was so silly I giggled and forgot to save it before I started the next sketch.  So, we’ll just go with The Whistling Giant as the first sketch since there’s proof of it.)

Second digital sketch: Peace Monster

After I drew these cute monsters, I packed the tablet up for another 6 months.  Today I busted it out for a little more practice. I’ll admit that today it felt just like real-life sketching.  I wasn’t hung up on the fact that I wasn’t drawing using traditional pen and paper methods.  I actually ENJOYED it today. *gasp*

Drawing digitally.

 

I wanted to try out a technique that I’ll be using on an upcoming project.  I combined a photograph of a garment with a loose illustration style.

Photo of garment (Yellow-Green Button Up Tunic Shirt from my monoprismatic collection)

 

Photo + sketch

 

I really like the look of this and I am excited to incorporate this technique into the next project I’m tackling.  There is a lot of digital drawing in my future!

 

Side by side.

 
 

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Customizing my World

DIY illustrated pumpkin coffee cup for my pumpkin cafe au lait.

If it can be customized, I’ll want to customize it.

This cute cup actually made my coffee taste better.

OR

This cute cup made me smile every time I saw it, so my day was spent in a happier state of mind. With this uplifted spirit, my coffee seemed extra tasty.

 
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Posted by on 02.28.13 in art, Audio's Life

 

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Watercolor Wednesday pt. 1

Okay, so I don’t do Watercolor Wednesday every week (partly because I lose track of what day it is nearly every day), but a few weeks back I did an ENTIRE DAY of Watercolor Wednesday and I absolutely loved it!  I need to spend every Wednesday just playing with watercolors.

One of the projects I worked on that day was finishing up a set of watercolor fashion illustrations for my monoprismatic collection.  I wanted to have these drawings done before the collection went onto the runway, but when the deadlines starting flying at me, I decided to finish the clothing first.  No regrets.

My painting studio is too chilly for me in winter, so I let my painting projects  take over my sewing studio for the day.

Each figure was drawn to resemble the model that wore that particular outfit on the runway.  I don’t always do that, but I think having a separate hue for each model created a strong model-color-outfit connection in my brain.  I’m really color-oriented up there.

Fros are hard for me to draw and paint, but this guy turned out adorable.

It feels good to have all the illustrations finally completed.  Even better, I’m more than ecstatic about how they turned out.  Now I just have to figure out how to get some prints made asap, since so many people have been fighting over these even before I had them all drawn!  (If your an artist with a suggestion on how/where to get prints made, help a brother out.  Honestly, I’m stuck in “passive research” mode and I’d prefer to be in “waiting for the beautiful prints to arrive on my doorstep” mode.)

The finished monoprismatic fashion illustration set!

I’m for real about the prints. I will figure it out soonish, so keep an eye out for prints of these cute fashion drawings to pop up into my shop at www.audiohelkuik.etsy.com.  I’m excited to share the rainbowy glee!

 

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monoprismatic illustrations in progress

I’m currently working on a clothing collection called monoprismatic.  I like to create fashion illustrations for every collection I produce, but the illustrations for this line have really helped me to understand the overall feel monoprismatic.

Sketch time

I’ve sketched countless scribbles of garments, accessories and ideas over the past year.  The garments have morphed quite a bit from when I started, but the figure wearing the outfit has remained fairly consistent.  When I noticed this, I perked up and paid attention. The figure was always very still and confident.  However, they seemed a little hesitant, perhaps because they were on display or they were in a new environment–like they were definitely sure of themselves, but maybe not of the viewer.  Perhaps this is a reflection of my own personality.  One of my art teachers in the past always told me that if an artist didn’t draw people from a photograph or a live model, the finished artwork end up representing the artist far more than they intended.

Invisible leg.     Invisible ink?

Another consistency throughout my sketches was the fact that all figures were wearing glasses.  The glasses tended to get bigger and more cartoonish as my ideas solidified.  This detail has definitely stuck around for the completed collection look. I’ve embraced them completely and confidently as a quirky and bold accessory.

Adding color.

 

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