Tara Dougans is a Canadian-born, London-based art director and illustrator. We love her authentic illustrations with hand-drawn lines, especially in her latest editorial project, which features a short fashion film and seven animated illustrations.
Inspired by the Burmese proverb “beware of a man’s shadow and of a bee’s sting,” Tara Dougans juxtaposes the graphic beauty of the honey-making insect with a selection of striking menswear designs from the F/W12 season. She sees fashion as play, illustration as flexible, and digital as opportunity, which combined together brings the best of handcraft and technology, static and motion.
“Menswear somehow feels more open to interpretation,” explains Dougans. “Visually its delivery tends to be more subtle than womenswear, so a little twist of playfulness goes a long way.”
Dougans’ works are brought to life with subtle movements and a haunting soundtrack by London-based composer Johnston Sheard. “I wanted to explore something multisensory while retaining my original craftsmanship of hand,” the artist says of working with moving image. “I love the idea of subtle, unexpected movement—a playful wink.”
The fashion film Beware of A Man’s Shadow was launched to coincide with the debut of Men’s Fashion Week in London, June 2012. Watch it here
Her earlier projects involve a six piece illustrated editorial Boys will be Boys highlighting Fall’s (2011) most delicate male flowers. Big ol’ black hats and unforgivably sharp shoulders were key.
See more of her fashion illustrations at Dalston Superstore, London, as part of a group exhibition entitled Walking the Lines (12 September – 27 October).
For more, visit Tara’s website.