jara jara japan

by gilda rêvasseur on December 5, 2007

how excited was i when i found out that we all had to submit an entry to a japanese contest? pretty excited.

how excited was i when i found out i had no time to really put a lot of effort into it? not that excited.

it was a contest to design clothing for teenagers aged 13-19, and there were so many restrictions, it was a little difficult to keep myself in check. for starters, we could only use 3 different kinds of fabrics, and we had to create swatches of those fabrics on the computer too. for a photoshop virgin like me, not good news. and we could only design 3 outfits!!! too little. i also drew something that my teacher thought was “too costume-y” (seriously i hate that bloody word now. it’s poison.), so i trashed that and redrew the whole thing.

i wanted something fun and casual, but still a little quirky like how i like it. unfortunately, we were all so busy with regular schoolwork, some of my friends drew normal tshirts and jeans and that was it. i looked back at my old sketchbooks and wanted to revive one of my favorite girls and outfit, so i drew her here in the middle and changed it a little.

my 3 fabrics were a washed denim in white, a silk jersey also in white, and a knit, one in pink with polkadots and one in blue with cloud embroidery.

so here are my girls in my jara jara japan (jingle jangle japan!!) collection!

seriously, i’ve drawn these stockings with black hearts in so many of my designs. i love it and keep going back to it. i wonder if there are already a pair of stockings out there that look like it. if not, no one better steal this idea (i’ll come after ya)!! if i ever get my own line out there i’ll definitely produce these. love it!

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Aimee Marie June 18, 2008 at 6:37 am

I absolutely LOVE your style of illustration. I wish I had legs like that! ;)

Aimee Marie


gilda June 18, 2008 at 8:53 pm

+aimee marie+
i wish i did too. unfortunately mine are 100x more short and stubby. boo!!

gosh i really have to start importing all my comments over from the old blog. things look positively bald here without them!


ramona rusu August 23, 2009 at 4:43 pm

so who won the contest?:D


ericka August 28, 2009 at 2:20 pm

i love your illustrations !!!


gilda September 7, 2009 at 1:59 am

i have absolutely no idea! hahaha! not me or anyone i know! :D

thank you so much!! they have changed a lot in the past year…. they are now a little scarier. haha!


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