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Jacqueline Bissett

International fashion illustrator. UK

Jacqueline Bissett

A Portrait for Melanie Sykes

Friday, September 15, 2017

Jacqueline Bissett shares lunch with TV and radio presenter Melanie Sykes with some drawing and banter thrown in.

Introduced by a mutual friend, Melanie Sykes visited Jacqueline at her studio to have her portrait drawn and to interview the fashion illustrator about her work. Jacqueline continues, "Initially I felt really nervous but she's SO down to earth and chatty, I soon felt at ease! I drew her portrait a couple of times as the line was a little shaky at first but she loved the end result so much she ordered one of my phone covers. Melanie then interviewed me over lunch at my lovely local gastropub, The Half Moon in Plumpton. Her questions were fun and unique, I've had several interviews over the years but she seemed to make me remember lots of details I'd long forgotten!" Read the interview here.

Photo by Andie Melvin-Harris.

Afternoon Tea at Bulgari

Friday, July 14, 2017

Jacqueline Bissett joins VIP Bloggers for a Bulgari event in London.

This was a highly glamorous event for the blogger guests who were asked to wear something in the style of Italian floral as they enjoyed patisseries and champagne whilst trying on Bulgari's beautiful luxury watches and jewellery. Taking place in The Spirit Room at The Bulgari Hotel, Knightsbridge, Jacqueline's part in the afternoon was to sketch the guests whilst they conversed and mingled, delivering stunning portraits of the lucky ladies.

Vogue Japan's Daily Schedule

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Jacqueline Bissett draws thirteen well-being illustrations for Vogue Japan's health issue.

Jacqueline's fluid illustrations appear in the July issue and take the reader through a daily routine of stretching and toning focusing on bones and exercising regularly. From the face to the waist and legs, the artwork demonstrates a good posture and core, an essential guide for the young and older woman. 

Malée Natural Science

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Jacqueline Bissett collaborates with the African inspired beauty range on their launch at Harvey Nichols.

Inspired by African nature and rich landscapes, Malée is a body care range which is 100% natural. Jacqueline designed the packaging for their soy candles launched in Harvey Nichols recently and also took part in a live drawing session in the beauty department last week customising totes with customer's portraits. Malée is named after founder Zeze Oriaikhi-Sao’s great grandmother; a term of affection for a strong learned woman in her native language Bini and an expression for 'Beauty with Soul'.  WATCH Jacqueline create the art for the soy candles packaging.




An Illustrated Arch Window

Monday, March 06, 2017

Jacqueline Bissett spends a day drawing on the Arch Window at gpstudio in London.

The Arch Window is a gallery within the premises of gpstudio - a retail design agency based in Southwark, SE1 who use their glass façade as a unique exhibition space. Jacqueline spent a day embellishing the window with her fashion drawings, using beauty, colour and luscious lines to attract attention to the space. Jacqueline writes of the experience -

"Each season for as long as I can remember,  I've worked on a reportage of the catwalks to familiarise myself with new colours, trends and styling details to assist with commissions and keep relevance in my fashion work. When I was asked to do something for the Arch windows with the possibility of working on the actual glass, I jumped at the chance to transfer this idea on a large scale. It's been years since I worked on this scale and never on a window so it was a pretty daunting task. The idea was to coincide with London Fashion Week but unfortunately I had work commitments in the Middle East so I had to postpone for a week or so. As a result I was able to look at photographs from LFW on The Strand (main arena) and see some of the collections to work on my reportage. My favourites were House of Holland- an amazing collection from Henry Holland's team which was vibrant and fun involving fun fur, Stetsons and thigh high 'Woody Woodpecker' boots- really 'out there' stuff! I deliberately chose garments that I'm not usually commissioned to draw so I could be totally self-indulgent whilst showing some of the newer designers with Global brands such as Armani, Miu Miu and Sportmax. I sketched out in rough format on the outside of the windows so I could amend the overall look without committing myself. There was only 1 figure that I changed from my layout in the end. I then moved inside (away from the biting winds!) to warm up and start the colour work. I had to work fast to finalise in one day so I kept it loose and sketchy and hopefully looking spontaneous. The hardest part was actually the writing which is harder than you think to write backwards! Drawing back to front is also a challenge but after the first few figures the style started to flow and strengthen. The whole thing took approx. 7 hours, just before the light started to fade!"

Drawing at the Doha Jewellery and Watch Exhibition

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Jacqueline Bissett draws for Van Cleef and Arpels at an event in the Middle East.

Commissioned by Scarlett Entertainment, Jacqueline was asked to spend two days working at the exhibition drawing sophisticated fashion portraits with the new collection of jewellery. The necklaces had been photographed and printed onto Bristol paper which Jacqueline then used to create her drawings and completed almost 100 portraits for the event which also exhibited pieces from Cartier, Dior, Chanel and Bulgari. She says "I met the owner of VC&A who then asked me to work for the entire event. I agreed to stay for two extra days so enjoyed a little of the wonderful modern architecture of Doha. It’s like a smaller scale Dubai with many similar buildings- very space age -  I loved it!"




Thursday, December 22, 2016

Jacqueline Bissett creates a Christmas tree animation for Baraboux in Dubai.

Jacqueline was excited to work on her first digital animation for Christmas and one which featured Baraboux's E6 snake skin clutch bags! The animation shows the bags appearing on the tree and is being used on the Baraboux's social media platforms. And of course the client was only too happy to send Jacqueline some samples for inspiration! WATCH the animation.

The Right Scent

Monday, December 19, 2016

Jacqueline Bissett works on a perfume feature for You Magazine.

The glamorous fashion illustrations were used in a recent article recommending scents for Christmas gifts for particular types of friends or relations. Drawing fashion figures with her usual style and grace, Jacqueline's men and women include teachers, daughters and sporting chaps, all with their perfect perfume gift.


Portraits in the Wonder Room

Friday, December 09, 2016

Jacqueline Bissett spends an evening in the Selfridges 'Wonder Room' for Bulgari.

Jacqueline had a fabulous time painting fashion portraits of the guests who were invited to try on the stunning new range of jewellery - including a £220K snake necklace. The portraits were given to the customers as a memory of the evening, Jacqueline says " at least they could take the image home if they could not buy the actual jewellery!"


The Costumes of Allied

Friday, November 18, 2016

Jacqueline Bissett works with costume designer Joanna Johnston illustrating the film's spectacular costumes.

Jacqueline is looking forward to the premiere of Allied starring actors Brad Pitt and Marion Cotillard after her involvement in the costume side of the production. Jacqueline illustrated the costumes for each scene in Allied which is made by Paramount Studios, she says "It was such an honour working closely with Joanna Johnston, (costume designer for many other top movies; War Horse, The BFG, Saving Private Ryan and Lincoln; where she was nominated for an Oscar). She's a fabulous designer...the collaboration started about a year ago when I went into Joanna's costume workshop where we started to work together. The space there was vast and the design area took up one corner. The pattern cutters and workroom took up another and then gradually over the next weeks, the space filled up with more and more garments, props & accessories. I was in my element being surrounded by the most amazing vintage handbags & shoes! Joanna and I worked side by side, I would sketch as she described details and showed me original samples to inspire details. I loved her attention to detail and was fascinated when told "this dress has to be cut in such a way to conceal a weapon". The film's story gradually unfolded over the next few months (with more costumes arriving - officer's uniforms, parachutes etc), before the filming commenced last February." Jacqueline worked in watercolour on around forty artworks, loosely based on Brad Pitt's and Marion Cotillard's characters, with the figure punctuated with details from each scene. The film is premiered on 23rd November.

Jacqueline is also involved in Stars on Canvas; helping to raise money for the Willow Foundation, this year she has focused on a portrait of Marion Cotillard in a sparkly dress from Allied. The Auction starts mid-November, just before the film's release - let's hope that Marion raises lots of money!

Armani in London

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

The fabulous Jacqueline Bissett draws for Armani at two London stores.

The evening events took place at the Sloane Street store and Fenwick of Bond Street last week. Jacqueline was tasked with the wonderful job of drawing the customers wearing the gorgeous clothes, the framed art was then given to them as a gift. She says "I was honoured to work with such a wonderfully inspiring team!"

Lexus in Paris

Friday, November 04, 2016

Jacqueline Bissett draws guests at a top secret Lexus event.

Commissioned by Scarlett Entertainment for Lexus, the secret night time event was at an undisclosed location. The guests arrived by coach at Luc Besson's Cité du Cinéma in Saint Denis - on the outskirts of Paris where The Fifth Element was filmed. The film's hover cars were 'parked' in front of the entrance which was adorned with the new Lexus super car, due to be launched in 2017. Jacqueline says "My iPad Pro was linked to a screen where I drew portraits of the guests until early hours of the morning. It was my first time working digitally so it was fairly daunting but also really exciting to use! I drew some lovely guests and other 'performers' including violinists, liquid nitrogen ice cream makers and 'Tron' dancers! It was a huge corporate event with European-wide guests, which was a year in the planning so I was honoured to be part of it."


How to be a Princess

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Vogue Japan commission Jacqueline Bissett to draw for a feature on good behaviour and etiquette.

Jacqueline has made several illustrations which evolved into a story of 'Etiquette'; having good manners in the office, at a party and so on.  The article also included some facial yoga exercises which Jacqueline found fun to do, along with a notebook type border. The artwork can be seen in the December issue, out now.

This Season's Fashion

Friday, October 14, 2016

Jacqueline Bissett creates timelapse videos for next seasons trends.

Commissioned by creative communications agency Portas, Jacqueline Bissett recently spent a day at the agency creating 3 fashion timelapse videos for client Westfield. Jacqueline's tells us a bit more about the commission - "I did about a week's prep. before going into Portas Agency to be filmed for time lapses for Westfield- the brief was to produce 3 figures and 3 pages of given bags, shoes, coats for this season. The photographers took quite a lot of time setting up and getting the right angles to film and then I drew all of the figures over the course of the day. It was great fun to work at Portas and the team were great. The time lapses were shown on Instagram and Facebook throughout September". Click here to see the videos and more of Jacqueline's fluid, playful fashion illustrations.


Bissett at the Emmy Nominee Celebration

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Jacqueline Bissett spends a few days in LA in the presence of TV stars and drawing guests.

Rue Lala asked Jacqueline to fly out and bring her artistic glamour to this much talked about event. She says "I think I painted about 40 guests on the evening; non-stop for over 4 was crazy but great fun!" Jacqueline did her best to spot the celebrities at the super-packed event whilst sketching, and managed to see OITNB's Laverne Cox, Jamie King, Downton Abbey actors and many US TV stars such as Ariel Winter from Modern family. With a little time to spare after the night, Jacqueline was able to soak up the tourist spots of LA as well as a little sun!



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