Egyptian Evolution

11 x 15, colored pencil & ink on watercolor paper. One of my fashion designs from the late 80's (brought up to date) that is Egyptian-inspired and drawn on a background of Egyptian figures and hieroglyphics. I graduated summa cum laude from The Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising (Los Angeles) with a professional certificate in fashion design in 1988--and I still have all my work from back then! By the way, the background figures & hieroglyphics were all meticulously hand-drawn, one-by-one. I used a photo of carvings from the Pyramids for the figures & for some of the hieroglyphics, & just made up some of them. I created a 1/2" square grid in pencil all over the drawing so that I could draw them in an orderly manner, in pencil. Then I went over the hieroglyphics in ink, then laid down the background color in colored pencil over the figures--the whole process took a LONG time!

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Comment by Robert Tranchida on October 11, 2017 at 8:40pm
Fantastic Art
Comment by Allan Jones on October 12, 2017 at 10:22am

Well done, Jayne. I shudder to think about detail in those hieroglyphics - no wonder it took time!

Comment by Nelson Failing on October 13, 2017 at 2:06am

Styling Jayne....what did the original design look like....

Comment by Jayne Somogy on October 13, 2017 at 3:58pm

Nelson--the original design looked very much the same.  It was several inches longer, the skirt was not as tight & it flared out at the bottom in the front.  This was part of my final project for design school (1988).  We had to design a themed collection consisting of 8 groups of 5 pieces each.  The theme/title for mine was "Legendary Monarchs" and this dress was the signature piece (the piece around which the other 4 of the group were designed) of the "Cleopatra" group.  The other groups in my collection were Emperor Hirohito, Prince Charles, Princess Grace of Monaco, Queen Elizabeth I (1500's), The Duchess of Windsor, Mary Queen of Scots, and Marie Antoinette. If you check out my piece on here named "Shabby Chic" you'll see one of the garments from the "Princess Grace of Monaco" group--which I didn't even change or update.  Same process for "La Toilette" and "Minimalist Madness" although those garments were not part of the "Legendary Monarchs" project.  I plan to do more of these drawings where I use my designs (updated where necessary) set into a complementary (or a surrealistic) environment, because . . . it's fun!

Comment by John R on October 14, 2017 at 5:36pm

Beautifully done .....I can see the Egyptian influence....very nice work. 

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