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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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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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Strong Suit SS16. The John Singer Sargent Portrait

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Strong Suit SS16. The John Singer Sargent Portrait

The John Singer Sargent Portrait

The SS16 Strong Suit look book paintings drew inspiration from the work of John Singer Sargent, known for his Portrait Paintings.

Of the six paintings in the look book, this one is the most direct re-creation. I wished to pull Sargent from the canvas to a new creation. This painting features the portrait of John Singer Sargent, the painter himself wearing Strong Suit SS16.

Self Portrait, John Singer Sargent

Self Portrait, John Singer Sargent

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Color Studies

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Daily Fashion Project: Daniel James Brown

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Daily Fashion Project: Daniel James Brown

fashion illustration portrait of Daniel James Brown

Daniel James Brown

Instagram: @danieljamesbrown8

Where is home for you? 
London, England

If you could go anywhere in the world right now, where would you go? 
Put me on a plane to Tokyo. 

If you could only have one pair of shoes, what color would they be? 
Brown. Wait! Do two-tones count?

Podcasts or audiobooks
Podcasts.

Extroverted or Introverted? 
Extrovert.

If you were a dragon, what would you hoard? 
Hoarding goes against everything I stand for.....well, maybe a hat or two.
 



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

I cannot say that there is just one piece of art/literature or music that has helped shape the person I am today, however I am continuously influenced and inspired by creative works. From the films of Wong Kar Wai, to the inebriated tones of Tom Waits.  Art, in it's many forms, still has a major influence on my outlook. It's all about connection.


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

Bar owner. I've always wanted to be the owner of a dirty little, 'no thrils', watering hole. The type of run down establishment were you get barred for ordering ice with your rum and coke. Country and blues music on constant rotation. Sticky floors and smoke to the ceiling.

Daniel James Brown in the Sunflowerman sketchbook

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