Saturday, February 25, 2012

"The Virtuous Unicorn" design preveiw

As the "Neptune's Domain" line has been retired, it's only fitting to post some previews from my newest line in the making!  The Virtuous Unicorn.

This line is inspired by the Lady and the Unicorn tapestries as well as botanical illustrations and heraldic animals. The 4 main motifs are vignettes of the 4 cardinal virtues.  Here are some of the sketches

Accenting these in a repeated "brick" pattern will be alternating botanicals and animals (8 each).

left to right: Violet, Thistle, Rose, Lily of the Valley
Daisy, Forget-me-not, Poppy, Blue Belle
Hare, Greyhound, Ermine, Dove
(other four animals to be forthcoming: Rooster,  Lamb, Cat, Squirrel).
If any of you followed my brand's livejournal before I switched over to here you might remember the early sketches of the maidens and unicorns.  I've been working on this for some time now.  It's a much more ambitious project art wise then my previous lines.  The flower sketches went very quickly while the animal ones are coming along slower.  Then come the colors!

Here is a quick mock-up of the fabric layout: 

This is a very loose arrangement, and it's likely things will be moved about in the final design.  All 8 animals will be represented as well rather then the repeated 4.  

It will be offered with a cream, navy, or brown background.  

Here is an early version of the jsk design: 

I've changed my mind since I sketched this, and the bodice will be made with the repeating animals/ botanicals  fabric rather then the solid  color cotton.  The sash and ruffle underskirt will be done in a solid (accent) color chiffon and will be removable.  I'm also considering making the eyelet lace collar removable.   Please let me know what you think.

A skirt will also be offered, and perhaps a solid color lace up bodice.  Both the skirt and jsk will be available in a longer length

I am also so very excited about the accompanying jewelry line, it should be extremely versatile!


  1. I am SO excited about this! I love the idea completely, from the images, to the way the print is set up, to the design! Do you have any idea when it will end up being released and about how much you plan on selling it for? Haha, so I can start saving up now?

    1. I'm very glad you like it so far!

      I'm unsure of when the release will be. It mostly has to do with how long it takes me to do the coloring/editing. That's the diciest part, I might need to do a few versions to get it right. I can't see it coming out until at least late March.

      The jsk's for my lines have been about $210 (with tea length versions a bit more). This one might be a bit more, it depends on what pieces end up coming with it or being separate accessories (sash, ruffled underskirt, removable lace collar). I haven't quite made up my mind about that.

  2. I'm really looking forward to seeing what the dress will look like! Will you ever offer a dress with just the print of the plants and/or animals on it? I'm personally not a huge fan of pictures of people on a dress print, but I can't speak for the rest of the lolita population.

    1. I wasn't considering it, but I guess it could be an option if someone really didn't want the people. It wouldn't be hard to just edit the fabric design to leave off the ladies.

      So I don't think it would be an "official" option, but I think I'd be willing to do it if requested.

  3. That design looks so beautiful! I love your designs anyway, but I especially like it that you used "oldschool" unicorns.

    1. thank you! I have been just hankering for old school unicorns; all fierce and spindly!

  4. I'm usually not into dresses with people on them, but this looks amazing! I'm definitely going to buy this, especially since I missed Neptune's Domain :(

    And I just noticed it's going to come in three colors? WHYY?! How am I supposed to pick just one? >__<

  5. YAY! I'm so excited to see an update on this! Thank you for giving so many details on the designs/colors! I admit, like the others I'm a little hesitant about a print with people in it but so far your artwork has been very professional so I'm sure I'll get over that little bias fairly quickly ;)