Eden by hayley o'connor

This illustration is called Eden after the model Eden Bristowe who was the muse. This piece is full of layers. The first layer was hand drawn with Ironlak pencils and watercolour for the bleeds on the tee and hair highlights. The second layer was coloured in photoshop for the skin tone then printed and coloured over the top with Prisma colour pencils. This is so the colour felt less digital. I like working this way as you can alter colours and manipulate it more. The reference image was black and white so I had to guess the skin tone. 

-Reference images and inspiration -

-The Final Piece -

 
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Curvy Creative Conference Gold Coast by hayley o'connor

When I was studying graphic design a friend from my class showed me a book called Curvy. It published all female artists from all around the world and had the most inspiring illustrations. I looked up to the women published in the books and it became a goal of mine to one day be apart of it. 

I was first published in Curvy 8 and I was so excited! It was such an honour to be in those pages and to then be apart of the art shows in Sydney and Melbourne as well. I was later published in Curvy 9 and have been apart of the Curvy shows at Semi-permenant 2013 and the Curvy Conference Art show 2016. 

This year I was part of the panel at the Curvy Creative Conference Gold Coast. This was my first time speaking at an event but I loved it! It was amazing meeting so many creative girls and giving my perspective on creative integrity and working with clients. Can't wait to do it all again :) 

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RVCA Spring time 2.0 by hayley o'connor

This September I contributed to the RVCA Spring-time, a group show curated by ANP artist Melissa Grisancich. The video above shows the three pieces I contributed to the event. 

Check out the photos from the event that inlcuded artists: Min Pin, Madeline Simm, Beci Orphin, Esther Olsson, Vivienne La, Caitlin Shearer, Fiona Simmons, Hayley O’Connor, Ellie King, Elise Grace Wilken, Louise Kyriakou, Alice Oehr, Nathalia Suizu, Elisa Bryant Jones, Dylan Foley, Claire Johnson, Katie Eraser, Melissa Grisancich.

 

 

Video & stills: michael danischewski

Malibu by hayley o'connor

Recently I was lucky enough to work on the Billabong Womens Australia campaign in Malibu, California. Kind of once in a life time experience with places I never would have seen with out being given this opportunity. Heres some photos from some of the amazing locations we shot at and little things I loved along the way. Campaign comes out later this year x

Curvy Gold Coast Contributor by hayley o'connor

When I was studying graphic design a friend from my class showed me a book called Curvy. I remember turning the pages and was in love with the book in seconds. It published all female artists from all around the world and had the most inspiring illustrations. I looked up to the women published in the books and it became a goal of mine to one day be apart of it. 

I was first published in Curvy 8 and I was so excited! It was such an honour to be in those pages and to then be apart of the art shows in Sydney and Melbourne as well. I was later published in Curvy 9 and have been apart of the Curvy shows at Semi-permenant 2013 and the Curvy Conference Art show 2016. 

After the Curvy team have given me so much over the years I'm now helping shine a spotlight on other creative women as the Gold coast contributor for the Curvy blog.

Check out my first interview with the lovely Jess Lambert from Halcyon Lines 

http://curvy-world.com/spotlight-jess-lambert/

Killer Twins - My first piece published in Curvy

Killer Twins - My first piece published in Curvy

Sydney Curvy Show 2012

Sydney Curvy Show 2012

Luxottica || Live Event Art by hayley o'connor

Recently I created live art for the Luxottica event in Brisbane. The emersion night featured several big name fashion labels including Bulgari, Versace, Ray ban & Dolce & Gabbana. I represented Dolce & Gabbana for the night drawing a pair of the designer sunglasses in front of a live audience. The audience could come up and watch me draw the art while wining and dining and learning the history of the brand. 

Daydream by hayley o'connor

Here's my process in creating this piece. I've said it before but I think its really important to create your own reference images. I always think whats the point of drawing a realistic replica of a photo? It's already been created by that photographer no need to put another version out into the world. You can though pull it apart and turn it into something amazing that no ones seen before and make it your own. 

I kind of make these "Frankenstein" ladies in photoshop to create exactly what I want to draw in my head. So its the body from one image, the head for the another, the hair from another and the flowers are inspired from a tattoo. You can see all of this in the moodboard I created. 

You can see below how rough the reference is I create in Photoshop. It doesn't need to be perfect you can fix up the mistakes in the drawing. It's just a guide line for you to look at while you draw. 

The Artist Behind the Print || Q & A with VonZipper by hayley o'connor

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1.What was your inspiration behind the prints?

I always love creating tropical prints but this one is inspired by 60’s & 70’s wall paper designs as well.

2.We know you design killer surf prints but we have to ask; surf or snow?

I live next to the beach so definitely surf!

3.What inspired you to start Illustration?

I was studying graphic design and a friend in my class showed me these amazing fashion illustrators work online and I think I was hooked from that point and had do that kind of design from then on.

4.What’s your favourite sunnies by Vonzipper at the moment?

I’ve always liked anything from the F.C.G. collection, I wear those sunnies everyday.

5.If you were stuck on an island with a Vonzipper advocate who would it be?

Donavon frankenreiter - so he could sing to me till we were saved

6.What are you listening to right now?

Anderson Paak