Patek Philippe in Watercolor with Revolution Watch Mag

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Patek Philippe in Watercolor with Revolution Watch Mag

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Together with Revolution Watch magazine, I created a magical series of watercolor paintings featuring a series of five Patek Philippe watches. You will see them all below.

After weeks and what probably ended up being months we honed in on a few key images to tell the story of quality, craftsmanship and longevity that is Patek Philippe watches. Painted with Watercolor on 300lb Hot Press Paper at 11x15 inches, these depictions of engineering and precision are larger than life. Being up 10 times the size of the actual watch we have the opportunity to dig into the details, and yet being a Sunflowerman they maintain the sensibilities of a painting. We also teamed up to make all 5 original paintings available for purchase. See them here.


Patek Philippe 5172

Patek Philippe 5172 Classic Chronograph

A classy chronograph from a classic brand. I have a hard time wearing blue on my wrist even though I’m often wearing blue suits and blue blazers. Maybe it just feels like too much blue for me. Even my eyes are blue.

Of itself this piece is majestic with the blue on the dial and the strap. The lume on the Arabic numerals plus the white around the dial and sub-dials ease the color intensity. It’s like watching the sun set on a stormy sea.

The stepped lugs of the white gold case are like the cliff side stairs leading down to the enclosed cove or the steps from your villa that lead to the sea-gazing gazebo on your private island - you do you. Perhaps cove is more appropriate than villa considering the more sporty styling of this chronograph.



Patek Philippe 5231J

photo from revolution.watch

photo from revolution.watch

The Cloisonne´ (say it out loud) Enamel dial World Timer, 5231. I just say World Timer with the cool craft painted dial, so I’m not heard pronouncing Cloisonne´ out loud.

As for the painting it’s an opportunity to step outside of simply ogling the wonderful complication and ornate dial and step out into the world in which it will exist. There is a wrist out there that it may one day belong to. Stepping even further out we enter the world of metaphor. The dark navy blue suit is the vastness of the universe in which Earth resides. The wrist belongs to Atlas, on whom the weight of the world is rested. Our world is bound by time which is the very weight that persists in Atlas’ eternal struggle. Are we Atlas? Are we bound by the weight of time?

But this is about watches and watercolor and the magic of human creativity. This is about how the watch makes you feel like a captain of the open ocean. The year is 1500 and you’re sailing the seven seas in search of new worlds and new treasures. The weight of the world rests beneath you while you glide along its surfaces. And yet the treasure was with you all along. On your wrist is $150,000.



Patek Philippe 5212

photo from revolution.watch

photo from revolution.watch

A young pup will make you feel young again, or just tire you out but let’s go with young again. That’s what the letters on the 5212 will make you feel as well. Hand written for a young and fun approach to the dial.

I can tell you about the letters or I can express the idea of the letters through illustration. That’s just what Revolution let me do with this young professional and exuberant pup. A Calendar Watch to mark down the days of joy with your favorite companion. A classic to pass down from generation to generation. And a grey jacket to mimic the body of steel because who doesn’t like steel?

This is the type of watch I could wear anytime, anywhere. I might feel the need to switch out the light brown strap for evening occasions but otherwise it seems wonderful as is. Simple in approach, sleek in design and with enough detail on the dial to keep you satisfied, but not bored.



Patek Philippe 6300G

Patek Philippe 6300 watercolor illustration by Sunflowerman for Revolution Watch magazine

I think now that the man should have been a member of the blue man group. It ticks more boxes for the imagery. Blue dial/blue face, musical watch/musical performer. Well maybe it’s just those two comparisons.

However I do love the comparison between this and the 5212. The 5212 is playful and youthful whereas the Grandmaster Chime is about expertise, age, maturity, expression of accrued knowledge and skill. Though not as expensive or as time consuming to produce as the original Grandmaster Chime this 6300G is working with the same interior hardware. here we have a fully adult canine. She’s gorgeous and full of life- and cold as ice.

The first Grandmaster Chime was 1 of 7. What a collector’s item!
Then they made another series. Then another. Cold as ice, Patek. Cold as ice.



Patek Philippe 5520P

Patek Philippe 5520 watercolor illustration by Sunflowerman for Revolution Magazine

Symmetry is beauty. The 5520 is all about that symmetry. And doesn’t the saying go, ‘texture is next to godliness.’ That strap is all about texture (especially in the amazing execution of this painting ;D).

I love the prominence of the Arabic numerals on the dial. Applied, so they raise from the surface of the black dial, large in presentation so command attention, and lumed so they carry a certain glow at all times. The local and home am/pm indicators are small and don’t draw much attention. They’re delicate labels are balanced with the delicate markers ringing the outer edge of the dial - again pushing the numerals forward in attention. It’s like an Olympic gymnast teetering atop a tight rope, the winding hands lilting the balance to and fro all the while the gymnast continues her advance.

The 4 crowns standing guard around the case are the most obvious sign of the complexity of the complication. The 4 miniature displays along with the calendar sub dial and the digital display help to support the assumption. I honestly wouldn’t care if they served a purpose because I love the look, but it’s Patek so of course everything does something.


Which is your favorite piece from this collaboration with Revolution Watch Magazine?

PP 5172

PP 5172

PP 5212

PP 5212

PP 5231

PP 5231

PP 5520

PP 5520

PP 6300

PP 6300

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Road Trip with Mazda CX5. Sunflowerman's Fashion Illustration Process

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Road Trip with Mazda CX5. Sunflowerman's Fashion Illustration Process

How do you Road Trip?

 
Mazda CX-5 Road Trip fashion illustration by Sunflowerman
 

The Mazda CX-5 was certainly an upgrade from my standard car (base model sedan). Having it as my ride for a week long road trip put my mind at ease and made each time getting in the car a breeze.

I like to pair my road trip with style. Here we have a gentleman with well groomed hair, clean face and a perfectly made suit. 

• The suit is bespoke by Richard Anderson of Savile Row fame. It's double breasted and grey with pink checkered stripes. 

• The levitating hat (because you always need a hat) is a Worth and Worth bespoke from the last bespoke milliner still in Manhattan, Orlando Palacios.

• Watch by Haldimann Horology because I obsess over the poetry they weave into mechanical engineering and design.

• Shoes are by George Cleverley. One of the best bespoke shoemakers in the world.

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The Macallan Experience at The Adolphus in Dallas

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The Macallan Experience at The Adolphus in Dallas

Inside the French Room with Macallan Whisky. photo by Collin Sansom

Inside the French Room with Macallan Whisky. photo by Collin Sansom

Working with Macallan is always a dream. The first time was while living in Malaysia. Ruth and I partnered to create a time lapse/ animation of the Rare Cask during Christmas. The Marriott Rewards experience with Macallan at the Adolphus hotel in Dallas was on a whole other level. From the location, to the staging to the hosting the event was magical.

photo by Collin Sansom. The French Room inside the Adolphus Hotel in Dallas, TX

photo by Collin Sansom. The French Room inside the Adolphus Hotel in Dallas, TX

We were taken on a magical journey with 5 Macallan Whiskys. Beginning with the standard and well loved 12 year. Before the sipping began, Raquel (the first ever female Global Ambassador for The Macallan) took us on an emotional, historical and factual journey of The Macallan brand and about Scotch in general.

Sherry is very important. As is the type of wood a cask is made from. Smell is how Scotch is tested, not taste. That fact blew me away actually, but when you think about how drunk you would get very quickly, smell is really the only way Whisky should be quality tested.

 
 

It was my first time at the Adolphus Hotel in Dallas and I was completely blown away. The building just finished renovations and restored some of the original stone floors. You can feel the history when you walk in. 

The event was set in The French Room inside the hotel. I think maybe I'll need to do dinner here some night soon.

 
The French Room inside the Adolphus Hotel in Dallas, TX. photo by Collin Sansom
 

My love for Macallan has only grown deeper. Macallan was the second whisky I fell in love with and now I think it has to be my favorite. I'm still partial to Kentucky Bourbon, but Scotch whisky is a thing of beauty.

 
Sunflowerman sitting with a dram and bottle of Macallan Whisky inside The French Room. photo by Collin Sansom
Bottle of The Macallan sitting on table in The French Room at the Adolphus Hotel. photo by Collin Sansom
Sunflowerman standing by window with Macallan bottle in hand in The French Room. photo by Collin Sansom
 

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A Very Kingsman x Mr Porter Painting

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A Very Kingsman x Mr Porter Painting

The new Kingsman Movie is out, The Golden Circle. I haven't seen the movie but I have been to the Mr Porter x Kingsman pop up on St James in Piccadilly, right next to the great Lock & Co hatters shop.

It's where I got to see the collection created by Kingsman's producer Matthew Vaughn in collaboration with Mr. Porter based on the costume design of Ms Arianne Phillips. They've partnered with the best in production including Drakes, Turnbull & Asser, George Cleverly and even Stetson.

Enter my latest illustration pulling inspiration directly from the Kingsman x Mr Porter collection and pulling loosely (very loosely) from the movie, The Golden Circle.

It is in fact fully shoppable via Rewardstyle. Click on a piece of the collection in the painting, you'll be taken to the item and you can purchase from where you're sitting or standing right now.


 
Print of Kingsman x Mr Porter collection illustration

Kingsman x Mr Porter Collection Print

 

Buy it plain, framed or on canvas.

 

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Matthew K Hartman

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Matthew K Hartman

Men's Fashion Illustration of Matthew Hartman

Matt Hartman

Website
stylecoordinators.com

Instagram
@runnineverlong

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Where is home for you?
North West Arkansas (NWA) near Fayetteville, Arkansas

If you could go anywhere in the world right now, where would you go?
New Zealand

If you could only have one pair of shoes, what color would they be?
Brown

Podcasts or audiobooks?
Audiobooks

Extroverted or Introverted?
Introverted

If you were a dragon, what would you hoard?
Time (if we are playing fantasy here)

1. What first interested you in men's fashion?
My career pushed me into it but the interest started from vintage photos and old movies.

2. What is one great failure that you've had and what did you learn from it? Has it influenced the work you do today?
This is a hard question because failure is negative perspective on things that happen in life. I've had setbacks in my life like not getting a job offer, having cancer or being laid off. In every case I use those setbacks as fuel to push me forward. I'm an extremely driven person who doesn't like giving up easily.

3. Has one piece of art, literature or music helped shape who you are today?
Yes, bible.

4. Do you prefer to learn from other's mistakes, or make your own mistakes?
Learn from others especially from my grandparents.

5. If you had to choose a different career, what would you be doing?
An entrepreneur who travels the world and introduces solutions to everyday problems.

6. What are you most proud of in your own life?
Completing a marathon and my children.


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The Coffee King Illustration and Print

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The Coffee King Illustration and Print

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Daily Fashion Project, The Inimitable Ignatious Joseph

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Daily Fashion Project, The Inimitable Ignatious Joseph

Men's Fashion Illustration of Ignatious Joseph

Where is home for you?:
My home is in Europe. Of course i have a place to hang my hats, but I have never seen myself as limited to just one country or one city. I was born in Asia and so moving here meant making this part of the Eurasian landmass with its elegant capitals like Vienna, Paris, Rome, Brussels and the many more intimate places my home. Home you could say is where I share life with other people who have similar interests and passions to mine.

If you could go anywhere in the world right now, where would you go?
Right now! You mean in this very instant? I would say I'm due for another trip East, to a more sedate, even sultry climate. I think I could use a hot tea in Kandy between innings at my favourite cricket ground.

If you could only have one pair of shoes, what color would they be?
Are you serious? Naturally red. Or white with a jar of very good French shoe cream— red that is.

Podcasts or audiobooks?
I belong to the generation that still holds the newspaper in two hands and folds it under one’s arm on the way to breakfast.

Extroverted or Introverted?
Selling anything requires a certain amount of extroversion. But I think I am basically a shy person who prefers privacy when not in the line of duty.

If you were a dragon, what would you hoard?
I have always thought of dragon's as fire-breathing, mobile beasts, not as sedentary types inclined to hoard anything. If I were a dragon, I would be flying about the earth even more than now.

What first interested you in men's fashion?
I was never interested in men's fashion. I have always been interested in being well-dressed. There is a difference, you know. The Austrian Adolf Loos once wrote that being well-dressed is never out of fashion and if your attire is conspicuously fashionable, one can be sure that next season one is no longer "swell-dressed".

Has one piece of art, literature or music helped shape who you are today?
I was raised with the game of cricket. I would say that my feelings about life and sport are best explained in the book by CLR James-- Beyond a Boundary. It is a cricket book for non-cricketers too.

Do you prefer to learn from other's mistakes, or make your own mistakes? 
There are some who believe it is impossible to learn from others' mistakes. I support this view. A casual observer or even many a "consultant" sees the mistakes of others only from her or his own perspective, values, and history. That is why we hear or read so often that certain people make grand (as opposed to great) decisions which appear to fly in the face of history. History is a fiction. Everyone is forced to make his own mistakes. What we call "learning from the mistakes of others" is a selection process: we identify things outside ourselves and suppose that they can be compared with our own life situation or experience. Once we do that it is no longer "theirs". But then we do not know in advance the consequences of doing what others did or did not do unless we know our own histories. And that is the heart of the problem: we have to find our own mistakes and then we can ask if the choices made by others are-- as we identified them-- options for us. This is also why all these "self-help books" with advice from, let us call them "successful" people, are mostly useless. I often say there is "no self from the shelf". This also applies to life. No one can solve another person's problems. You always have to do it yourself-- and as George Carlin once said-- "self-help? well if you did it yourself, you didn't need any help…"

If you had to choose a different career, what would you be doing?
Selling soap powder, perhaps? Or as scorekeeper for the Sri Lankan national cricket team…

Sketchbook illustration of Ignatious Joseph

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Daily Fashion Project, Amilton Estrela

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Daily Fashion Project, Amilton Estrela

Men's Fashion Illustration of the Portuguese Dandy, Amilton Estrada

Amilton Estrela

Instagram
sir_acce

Where is home for you?
Home  is where my heart is.

If you could go anywhere in the world right now, where would you go?
South Africa

If you could only have one pair of shoes, what color would they be?
Brown and a few Saphir inks

Podcasts or audiobooks?
Podcasts

Extroverted or Introverted?
It depends on the situation, but firstly, I just watch and observe people around me before I start to interact.

If you were a dragon, what would you hoard?
I would claim a role on Game of Thrones.

What first interested you in men's fashion?
My first passion was men’s shoes

Has one piece of art, literature or music helped shape who you are today?
A piece of art , my mom !

Do you prefer to learn from other's mistakes, or make your own mistakes?
I am a strong believer that we only learn from our own mistakes, and that lessons in life will be repeated until you learn from it.

If you had to choose a different career, what would you be doing?
Shoe maker

What are you most proud of in your own life?
Being a father

portrait of Amilton Estrela, one of the Portugese Dandies

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Daily Fashion Project, Artur Santos

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Daily Fashion Project, Artur Santos

Men's Fashion illustration portrait of Artur Santos, one of the Portuguese Dandies

Instagram
@dailyartur
@art_sartorial

Where is home for you?
My beautiful city. Porto. 

If you could go anywhere in the world right now, where would you go?
India

If you could only have one pair of shoes, what color would they be?
Blue

Podcasts or audiobooks?
podcasts

Extroverted or Introverted?
Introverted

If you were a dragon, what would you hoard?:
If I were a dragon i would end world war and hunger.

 

 

What first interested you in men's fashion?
Essence and style. I don't like fashion trends.

What is one great failure that you've had and what did you learn from it?
Trust in the wrong people. I learned to protect myselfbefore I could trust.

Has one piece of art, literature or music helped shape who you are today?
I love the Dalai Lama books. They helped me to be a better human.

Do you prefer to learn from other's mistakes, or make your own mistakes?
I believe we never went wrong. Either we are right, or we learn.

If you had to choose a different career, what would you be doing?
I can't imagine doing anything else.

What are you most proud of in your own life?
Create my own brand.

Artur Santos illustrated portrait on a table with coffee

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Daily Fashion Project, Palmer Mutandwa

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Daily Fashion Project, Palmer Mutandwa

Men's fashion illustration portrait of Palmer Mutandwa of Button Brothers

Website 
buttonbrothers.com.au

Instagram
@buttonbrothers

Where is home for you?
Melbourne, Australia

If you could go anywhere in the world right now, where would you go?
Mpumalanga, South Africa

If you could only have one pair of shoes, what color would they be?
Black

Podcasts or audiobooks?
Podcasts. NY Hip Hop Report, Jazz After Dark, Smooth Jazz Affair.

Extroverted or Introverted?
Definitely Extroverted

If you were a dragon, what would you hoard?
Vintage cars



Do you prefer to learn from other's mistakes, or make your own mistakes?
I prefer learning from my own mistakes, you only get better at something by trying, you only get stronger by falling. There's no formula or manual book in life you've just gotta live and learn.

What are you most proud of in your own life?
My compassion and love for people

Open sketchbook with men's fashion illustration of Palmer Mutandwa of Button Brothers

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Daily Fashion Project, Carlo Alberto Maccanovic Romanov

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Daily Fashion Project, Carlo Alberto Maccanovic Romanov

Men's Fashion illustration of Carlo Alberto Maccanovic Romanov

Instagram
@carloalbertomaccanromanoff

Where is home for you?
Venice, London

If you could go anywhere in the world right now, where would you go?
Cambodia to see the Angkor Wat temple

If you could only have one pair of shoes, what color would they be?
White

Podcasts or audiobooks?
real books

Extroverted or Introverted?
too Extroverted

If you were a dragon, what would you hoard?
A diamonds treasure

Has one piece of art, literature or music helped shape who you are today?
Music, Art and Architecture in general it's always been a part of my life, reason why I decided to study Architecture for my university studies and take music lessons since i can remember. I've always been attracted by it mostly because of the place I come from! Here in Italy I grew up in a Medieval Castle so I've always been surrounded by art and statues of all kind! I wouldn’t be able to say which piece butdefinitely would be an ancient one, like a building more then a statue or a painting. All this shaped who I am today, always remembering where i’m from and never be pushed down by people who judge because you will always find the strength to pull yourself back thanks to the knowledge and the goal that one day you can be like these great minds and build something like they were able to do.

What are you most proud of in your own life?
I would definitely start with the family, without them I wouldn't be here, they mean everything to me. My ability to smile and laugh even though something bad has happen to me and be able to look back on things and extract the valuable learning experiences to share with others.

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Daily Fashion Project, Benedikt Fries

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Daily Fashion Project, Benedikt Fries

Men's fashion illustration portrait of Benedikt Fries. The founder of Shibumi Firenze.

Website (if applicable)
shibumi-firenze.com

Instagram
instagram.com/shibumifirenze/

Where is home for you?
Well, I live in Florence, but my heart is home in Japan.

If you could go anywhere in the world right now, where would you go?
Kyoto.

If you could only have one pair of shoes, what color would they be?
Chocolate brown (suede, of course).

Podcasts or audiobooks?
I don’t like both of them. I buy or borrow only real books; preferably used ones with notes or credits of the previous owner. The best are books with forgotten receipts of the library inside with a list of books the prior person also borrowed. Beta version of amazon’s “customers also bought…”.

Extroverted or Introverted?
Strange mix of extroverted and shy at the same time.

If you were a dragon, what would you hoard?
Ties.

 

Has one piece of art, literature or music helped shape who you are today?
Would be easy to give a cool answer to that and name something cheesy like The Great Gatsby. But to be honest, no, only one piece didn’t shape me; the entirety of everything, yes, sure.

Do you prefer to learn from other's mistakes, or make your own mistakes?
Definitely to learn from other’s mistakes. I can’t believe that anyone who’s saying the opposite is telling the truth. Learning and improving is always great and important, but honestly, making mistakes will always make you feel bad.

If you had to choose a different career, what would you be doing?
NBA player, but my tailors never wanted me to grow that tall, so I decided to keep being short and work in the menswear business instead.

What are you most proud of in your own life?
I’ve never did ice skating.

Sketchbook open to page with men's fashion illustration of Benedikt Fries, founder of Shibumi Firenze.

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Daily Fashion Project, Ali Gurak

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Daily Fashion Project, Ali Gurak

Men's fashion illustration of Ali Gurak, by Sunflowerman

Website:
www.ag-event.com

Instagram: 
@aligurak

Where is home for you?
Istanbul

If you could go anywhere in the world right now, where would you go?
Paris

If you could only have one pair of shoes, what color would they be?
White

Podcasts or audiobooks?
Audiobooks

Extroverted or Introverted?
Definitely extroverted

If you were a dragon, what would you hoard?
Love

 

Do you prefer to learn from other's mistakes, or make your own mistakes? 
I prefer to make my own mistakes, because I think everyone’s life and experience is different and unique, that’s what shapes us and make us what we are.

If you had to choose a different career, what would you be doing?
I would be an interior designer, that’s one of the areas that I like most.

What are you most proud of in your own life?
My Son, the greatest work of my life.

Sketchbook open to men's fashion illustration of Ali Gurak.

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