In this project I explored the fashions of the 20th century through the characters from the show Scooby Doo. I thought it was interesting how all the characters got slight tweaks and updates to their designs since 1969, and set out to imagine how they'd look in every decade of the 20th century. All the illustrations merge the original personalities of the characters with appropriate fashion trends, and stick with the familiar colour schemes.
In this illustration, I took the liberty of giving both Velma and Shaggy coats - I imagined Velma as an adventuring archaeologist, and her conservative and practical outfit followed. Shaggy I felt would be a bohemian artist, spending his days lazily in cafes and opium dens. The fashionable Daphne would be the quintessential Gibson Girl, with an ample quiff and fashionable dress. Fred's little sailor uniform from the original show inspired me to cast him as an actual marine - the uniform is not entirely historically accurate, mind you, but as close as I felt I could get whilst still retaining Fred's original look.
Velma's outfit (and pose) I based entirely on an original fashion illustration from the 20s, I loved the outfit instantly and thought it fit her sensibilities, hat, scarf and all. Daphne's look is a cross between a flapper dress and her original costume with the two-tiered skirt. This is also the only decade in which I altered her hair length, as I felt the outgoing Daphne would be among the first to bob her hair. Shaggy's disheveled jacket and crooked tie are nods to Charlie Chaplin's Tramp character (though I couldn't bring myself to give him the moustache.) Fred's riding outfit I copied very closely from Ted Buchanan's costume from the 2013 movie - it may not be the most authentic, but very recogniseable!
In the 1930s illustration, Velma is sporting a summery trouser/shirt combo and finger waves in her hair. This decade also marks the beginnings of more imaginative glasses becoming the norm. Daphne's pin-curled hair piled high on her forehead was the height of Hollywood-inspired glamour fashion in the 30s, and her dress is a smart and modest piece for the time. Shaggy and Fred's looks are both based on a lovely vintage phpto of the period I found of a group of city-dwellers out in the country. I fancy Shaggy being a passionate literature teacher in this incarnation.
1940s Fred is back in the US marine dress uniform, again adapted to fit his original outfit, and Velma a factory worker supporting the war effort, a tribute to Rosie the Riveter. I was surprised to see how modern the work boots of the time looked - though of course, none were dyed red. Daphne sports a recoloured 1945 Claire McCardell sundress and a Veronica Lake hairdo. Shaggy I based on a young Bing Crosby, "the first hip white person born in the United States" (in the words of Artie Shaw).
Two most popular skirt shapes in the 50s were pencil (Velma) and circle (Daphne). The pencil skirt was quite difficult to walk in, more so if it was longer, so I felt Velma would go for the slightly less fashionable just past the knee length and retain some comfort. Daphne, in a high school fashion, can afford to go for the popular mid calf length. A skirt like this would have been worn with a petticoat. Clean cut Fred goes to college on a sports scholarship, whereas Shaggy flunked out and became a beat poet.
Velma's hair is based on Twiggy's famous pixie cut, and both she and Daphne are wearing fashionable mini skirts. Daphne's dress is a recolour of a Mondrian tribute Yves Saint Laurent dress. Her original pink tights compliment the 60s look perfectly, and the hairband makes a comeback in her teased half-up 'do. Fred's costume is largely copied from fashion illustrations of leisure outfits for society men, whereas Shaggy's look is based entirely on John Lennon circa 1967.
The first Scooby Doo series ran from 1969 to 197X, so this decade would be where the original outfits would fall on the timeline. I kept Velma and Shaggy closest to their first incarnations, taking Velma down a more fashionable route with a fringed skirt rather than pleated, and making Shaggy more obviously a hippie. Fred's look is a combination of 70s fashion catalogue illustrations and the style of Kelso from That '70s Show. This is the only version of Daphne which I decided to put in trousers rather than a dress, as I felt she wouldn't miss out on such a fashionable item. It perfectly compliments the Farrah hair.
Power suit! I adore exaggerated shoulders and loved drawing Velma as a serious businesswoman. For Daphne, a Cyndi Lauper/Madonna look seemed most fitting. Shaggy continues as the counterculture example, an 80s punk, and Fred continues as the square of the group - Miami Vice style.
Is there a more 90s haircut than the Rachel? Velma's whole outfit is based on the famous Friends character, including the knee socks, surprisingly similar to the original. Daphne's clothes are less colourful than usual - it's Buffy! Perfect 90s outfit from a perfect 90s show, and of course Sarah Michelle Gellar portrayed both characters. Accessorised with a stake, ready to dust some vamps. Fred's fallen in with the preppy crowd, while Shaggy is all about grunge.
University project - a series of 5 illustrations of the Brothers Grimm fairy tale "Rapunzel".
"Rapunzel" is German for lamb's lettuce, the delicacy Rapunzel's mother craved whilst pregnant. Her husband was caught stealing the lettuce from an enchantress, and offered her his unborn daughter in exchange for his life. The enchantress named the child Rapunzel to spite her birth parents, and locked her away in a tower once she turned twelve, so that she had no contact with any other person. This, of course, fails when a prince comes by the tower and hears Rapunzel sing.
In the first printed version of the story, Rapunzel gives away the fact that a prince has been visiting her regularly not by unwittingly mentioning him to the enchantress, but rather the old woman realizes it seeing that Rapunzel's dress is getting tight around the waist, indicating pregnancy.
The enchantress cuts off Rapunzel's long braid and casts her off into wilderness, and uses the hair to lure the prince into the tower, who upon seeing her falls and pierces his eyes out on the thorns growing down below. His eyesight is restored years later with Rapunzel's tears she sheds upon seeing him again.
Typographic representations of food-related idioms with watercolour illustrations.
London Stories poster
Entry for the Serco Prize for Illustration 2014 organised by London Transport Museum in partnership with the Association of Illustrators (AOI). The theme was London Stories.
Excerpt from competition brief:
"Across the ages, London has produced and inspired countless stories (...). The aim of the competition is to attract artwork for display that is colourful, inspiring and celebrates a vibrant, multi layered London."
My aim was to portray the people of London and the way they shape the city.