Since the days when I attended the High
School of Fashion Industries and majored in Fashion Illustration
under the tutelage of my favorite teacher Ms. Sweet, I had a
love for fashion. Oddly it was never a desire to design but more
of a passion for its representation. I have always been a person
who recognizes and respects the individualís sense of style. I
believe that your sense of style is what fits you and what feels
right to you. I know there are many licensed and registered
fashion police officers who dispute my position. But I say what
good is the implementation of fashion attributes if they donít
help define who you say you are?
Even though there have been great advances in the area of
plus-size fashion there is still a size range that is left
greatly unattended. Many women in larger sizes know what it is
to go to a plus size boutique and discover the popular styles
become limited and unavailable once you get to 4X and up. You
end up shopping online or having things made custom fit by a
seamstress. Very frustrating Iím sure. So as you develop your
own sense of style while working around these limitations, let
your confidence blossom, be secure in who you are and in the
style you have developed. You define who you are, remember that
the opinions of others are just that. Itís what they think based
on their own experience. Your position is defined by your
thoughts and your experience. What you think and say about you
is whatís important. Take positive suggestions into
consideration but you have the last say so.
This monthís illustration was inspired by a woman Iíve known
online for years. She is a true advocate for size acceptance.
She is a wife and a mother, and a shining example of living
womanhood to its fullest. She is a great light to young women of
size. Her voice speaks in volumes on behalf of the campaign for
being who you are and refusing the negative voice of others
defines you by their venomous words. Her name is Mikel.
The illustration I submit this month is entitled, ďBigger
FashionĒ. This piece started as a pencil sketch loosely
referencing a photo of her. Once the sketch was complete, I
inked the lines using a medium Paper Mate Flair felt tip marker.
This marker gives me a clean line with a thickness that allows
for nice clean scanning.
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Iím looking forward to hearing from you.