20 October 2012

Vélo, Illustrated...

Last month I sent out a public tweet, searching for an illustrator to do a little something for Vélo-City-Girl. I'd been on the hunt for one for quite some time, and had an idea of the style I wanted, but hadn't found any illustrators who quite "got" what I was after. Coming pretty close to giving up on the idea of the piece, I got a tweet from Ste Johnson offering to have a go at a sketch for me. He's the gentleman behind the Cycling & Fashion blog, The Discerning Cyclist. A fellow bike-lover AND an illustrator? This sat very well with me indeed...

We exchanged a few emails about what I had in mind, and a few days later Ste came back to me with this sample sketch...
I hadn't told Ste which picture I wanted the illustration based on. 
Ste randomly picked this one from my blog. 
This is the one I had in mind. 

At this point, I was already way beyond impressed with him and what he had come up with. Immediately taken with his work, I gave him the VCG seal of approval and commissioned him to work on the illustration for the blog. Ste kept me in the loop with changes and any tweaks that needed to be made to the piece... and then came the draft before the adding of colours and VERY final changes were added:
Yep - I was pretty pleased with this!

And then came the finished version. I could not wait to see what Ste had finally created after the teasers of the sketches... 

This is exactly what I was hoping for when it came to having an illustration done - Ste hit the nail on the head with his style and take on me with my beloved Pashley... and I'm over the moon. If you're reading this, you're an amazing talent Sir - and I thank you x

I highly recommend having a look at Ste's wonderful site, The Discerning Cyclist (a blog after my own heart), offering style advice and showcasing smart cycling attire. 


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Miss Doherty said...

It's a lovely illustration, and really does look like you! Are the retro-runners still going, I hope you've not all been put off by the rotten weather?

Sadie x

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