Thank you very much Jon! Glad you like it. This definitely ended up being the one i liked the most out of the ones i gave them. It's really kinda hard to satisfy when drawing Barbie, because they want something different, but not too much, cause it has to look like Barbie still. -JC
Haha thats awesome!! I would love to see yours. Were you doing them for Atomic too, or another company. I am glad you like it. I did more, but these were the ones that i really felt like i was doing what I would have done and liked, as opposed to what i thought they would have liked, ha.
Yeah, totally. Sometimes I felt a little too high fashion when I was drawing her, so I stuck to the lace/50's trend and went for simple looks. Yeah, it was Atomic! I'm going to be working in-house in two weeks doing character design for one of their projects. Trevor's really nice. He gave me some barbies to reference and then he let me keep them! Did you hear what Mattel thought of the designs? He just told me yesterday.
Oh nice, that's awesome, congrats on the gig! I wish i was out that way, i am living in the frozon tundra of moncton, new brunswick currently It's been so long since i worked in-house somewhere. Been freelance from home for past 3 years. Would love to work around people again though, you kinda start to miss that after a while, ha. As far as my designs go, they obviously, as per usual, liked my least favorite out of the batch. These two i posted were my favorite ones where i felt like i was being more myself. Trevor had me do one more in that style of the one the liked before x-mas vacation for them. Since than i have not heard anything, so i am assuming they went in a different direction. Yeah i was told to go more fashion illustration-y, tween, etc. This one i think i accomplished what i would have done, tried to keep it classic, cause i really love classic barbie illustration stuff from the 50s and 60s. The illustrations were great in the little booklets that came with them. Also tried to add a little touch of Rene Gruau to it as well, one of my favorite fashion illustrators. Funny thing is i already had two of those classic barbies they re-released from having done this on another occasion, ha. In the end how did your designs go over? Would love to see them some time! -JC
Just because you didn't hear a response from Trevor doesn't necessarily mean he didn't like it. I went in house last week and had to ask him personally after a month of waiting! I would love to see the other designs you did! Yeah, I really enjoy the classic aesthetic of barbie--and Gene Gruau is amazing, that's an awesome place to draw inspiration. Very elegant choice! Trevor said that he liked my designs and that they went over really well at Mattel, but Mattel told him that they don't have any plans to redesign their barbies at the moment. He said he was glad though because the designs he presented inspired Mattel to keep in touch with them if there's any further developments. Trevor said he wants to keep me around just in case anything pops up, haha. I will post them this week with any luck. If you ever come out to Vancouver sometime for work, let me know. I'll do my best to hook you up with some!
Yeah i know. I did know they liked the direction of the one and wanted more like that, and i did one more like the one they liked. I really wonder what it was all for in the end. I mean considering that you just mentioned that he said they said they have no plans to redesign. Oh well it was a fun project to get paid for in the end, so whatever. Good luck with your new gig!
I think it was just Mattel throwing their money around and seeing what ideas Atomic could come up with for them. Unfortunately sometimes that's just all it is. It would've been cool to have barbies made from our designs haha. I should be posting some of mine tonight with any luck. And thank you very much!