Comfortable: A Series

/ˈkəmftərbəl/ adj. – physical ease and relaxation. Free from stress or fear.

“Comfortable: A Series” is a fashion spot illustration series I’ve created recently in my free time as an ode to girls and sweatpants. It was completed in graphite and finalized in Adobe Photoshop.

I once heard an actress talking about how despite being a mom, or pregnant, she has been able to keep her husband because she didn’t wear sweatpants. I thought that was just silly. My goal was to showcase that girls can look good, sensual, sweet and however else they want to look in sweatpants, all while still being comfortable. What’s more, I think it’s them being comfortable is what makes them confident.

I start by doing loose sketches in Photoshop. Because I’m very messy, it allows me to make quick fixes. After that, I plan out the linework. This usually takes me a while, as I look for interesting ways with which I can make tangents, the flow and lines of the curves, hair, etc. more appealing. I usually have an idea of what I want my piece to look like. Then it’s just a matter of working out how to make it look just like I see it in my mind.

I’ve been experimenting for a while now with how to color my graphite drawings digitally and I have figured out the process while making this series. However, there’s still so much I want to learn. I still think I’m very stiff in my work, and I’m not sure yet if it’s because that’s just they way my work is, or if it’s because I’m scared to make mistakes.

I want to do more work about loving yourself, acceptance, and unapologetically being whatever it is that you are. Which would include both the good and the bad.

If you find value in my work, and would like to see more, I invite you to follow me on Instagram under @basiatran! Thanks, and see you again!

Basia Tran

Always an illustrator, often a designer, sometimes an animator.