Dominic Gomez
The Art of Fashion

There’s Something About Mary… August 26, 2015

But honestly, she can’t be all that bad!

(I did this in a drawing workshop at the 2014 Emerald City Comicon . Graphite, watercolor, colored pencil, pastel and crayon on paper. 12″ x 8-1/2″)

There's Something About Mary

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Seattle Runway Fashion Model August 25, 2015

Chance Fashion model


On this illustration I’m trying to keep a light touch. I did a quick pencil drawing of a model at one of this year’s Chance Fashion shows (I don’t recall the designer.) As I was adding watercolor I had to be careful to maintain the spontaneity of the original sketch. Pencil and watercolor on paper, 17″ x 11″.

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“Persuasion”, watercolor on paper August 21, 2015



You got persuasion
I can’t help myself
You got persuasion
I can’t help myself

Something about you baby
Keep me from goin’ to somebody else

Yeah, any way you want now
Now, now baby
You put me in a daze
All the time

Look whatcha got for me baby
Like the Devil in disguise

Something about you baby
You’re one, you’re one of a kind
Oh, this spell you put on me
Has just outdone me, babe

I can’t keep the rain
From comin’ down

Look out now, I can’t get out from under
But I wouldn’t want to even if I can
Something about you baby
Make me feel, make me feel like a man.

Santana (1969)

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Creative Teamwork: Artist and Model August 15, 2015

One of the more sublime social contracts that evolved in our culture is that between artist and model. It is a tacit agreement based on mutual respect for the abilities each party brings to the table to create a quality product. Traditionally this product is a painting or an illustration of a human figure. In today’s fast content, app-obsessed society, it is the fashion photograph…the “Vogue” cover shot.

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A common assumption is that any artist worth his or her weight in gold can conjure up a picture of a person instantly from thin air. There are artists who have this unique ability. And there are markets that present opportunities for such works to be appreciated and purchased, either as stand-alone works of art or for use in promotion campaigns.

I create pictures (seemingly) from scratch myself. But seen at a deeper level, something is missing. And that something is provided by a living, breathing flesh-and-blood model. By another human being.

Many artists, like the late Alberto Giacometti, see their models as actual participants in the creative process. Artist/filmmaker Alfred Leslie views painting as a ”social enterprise”. Picture making is his attempt to influence people’s lives by ”helping them relate better to each other.” His models are his collaborators, who have as much stake in the outcome of the work as he.

According to Leslie, “the important thing is that the sitters (his models) want to see you (the artist) succeed. Interaction is what painting people is all about. In the end, you’re painting with, not from, nature.’’

This is also key in the successful fashion photograph. Empathy for the model on the part of the artist brings out intangible aesthetic qualities that take the work to a whole new level. And Empathy is not a class you take in art school.

In 1815 sculptor Antonio Canova noted ”You are searching in nature for some beautiful part of the body and you cannot find it? Do not lose heart. Undress some more persons and you will find it. In nature there is everything, provided you know how to look for it.”

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Fashion As Spectacle August 10, 2015

Seattle (and the Pacific Northwest in general) has long had a reputation of marching to the beat of a different drummer. As early as 1975 the region was the setting for Cascadia, a bioregion and proposed country popularized in the environmental Utopian novel “Ecotopia” by Ernest Callenbach. Seattle gave birth to Grunge. And then there were the 1999 WTO riots. Perhaps the surrounding environment, which gives rise to vigorous and verdant growth, affects people who live here. Whatever the case, Seattle continues to spawn free-wheeling, often outlandish spurts of creativity, and her local Fashion community is not immune.

AMDEF (acronym for Art Music Dance Entertainment Fashion), a production of Active Entertainment, returns to Neumo’s September 12 for one of the most unique and diverse community building events to hit Seattle each year.

AMDEF partners talents from the different creative communities to produce over six hours of unique showcases in one evening. The event highlights innovative ways of advancing Seattle’s Arts and Fashion Culture. It reminds viewers that the creative process is not limited to artists, musicians and designers, but is a way for everyone to see through the eyes of innovation.

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Who We Really Are. August 9, 2015

Fashion has always been about Art. It’s only human to want to decorate and enhance our faces and bodies. We pierce, get tatted, paint our nails. We swathe ourselves in colorful fabrics, feathers and gemstones. The way we want to look to others is an extension of who we like to think we are. It’s our identity…our deepest, most abiding self.


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“There Ain’t No Cure For The Summertime Blues” August 5, 2015


A monotype (a one-of-a-kind print on paper) I did to commemorate a record-breaking stretch of Summer in Seattle. I’ve lived in this city since 2003 and life-long residents tell me this is the best summer they can remember in a long time. Sunny(!) days since the end of May, when it usually doesn’t get that way till late August-September.

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The Oneness of Words and Picture July 28, 2015

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In this illustration I’m bringing together the written word (designer Christophe Josse‘s name) and the painted image (my rendering of one of Mr. Josse’s creations). The challenge is to help the viewer fully immerse him- or herself into the totality of the picture. To not have to stop one process (seeing) in order to start another (reading) but to enjoy both experiences simultaneously.

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A Look Forward to Mid-21st Century Menswear. July 25, 2015

max and Juleano to go

Here’s my illustration of model Max Mensah wearing a Juleano Men original, shown at Seattle Fashion Week 2015. Julius Leano is a Seattle-based designer whose work is informed by the aesthetics of science, mathematics, and geometry.

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Fashion’s Fountain of Youth July 23, 2015

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One of the advantages I have as an artist is that I can design a model’s face and body in an illustration to look any age or physical condition. Since fashion “is in essence an industry based on deception” and on promises that “if you wear this you will look better/cooler/thinner/taller/more powerful than you really are”, we’ve little recourse than to maintain the practice of illusion. The issues are consumers who desire (and will pay for) a certain appearance and the resources we have to work with: models (human beings) who, naturally, age.

Under-Age Models Return

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