distinctive proportions

Manolo Costa New York

Manolo Costa wants to bridge the gap between traditional clothing and sex appeal. After cutting his teeth at Paul Stuart and Ralph Lauren, the perennially tanned native Peruvian set out on his own to make bespoke clothing that made men look their best and show off their physiques, as opposed to hiding them underneath flowing excess fabric. While he has a great eye for color, pattern, and detail, Manolo isn’t one for pomp and circumstance. He believes that his clothing should speak for itself without the aid of any over-the-top designs or garish linings.  When choosing between bold and monochromatic looks, Costa will always take the monochromatic route. His clothes are understated, but still sexy. Modern, but not too trendy. Classic, but not stodgy. However, he understands that all of his clientele may not want the exact same thing, and ensures that their individual needs are met. “I have finance guys as clients, but I’m not trying to make them look like they came out of a GQ ad.”

Throughout his years of training, Costa has mastered the art of bringing masculinity and sex appeal to handmade bespoke clothing. What makes Manolo stand out amongst the sea of custom tailors in New York is his attention to detail, and his knowledge of tailoring and pattern making. He’s also no stranger to social media, using his good looks (not unlike those of Porfirio Rubirosa) and impeccable style to promote his tailoring house on Instagram. His house style is clean and close to the body without being too short or tight. The natural shouldered garments that Costa purveys evoke the styles of the 1920s and 30s while keeping one foot firmly in the 21st century. He describes it as a “cut of distinctive proportions.” His jackets and trousers are simultaneously formfitting while retaining a traditional length and silhouette. They boast a slightly wider, softly rolled lapel, a narrow sleeve head that still remains flexible enough to move about in, and single forward pleated trousers with a sharp taper and narrow leg opening. Belts are not needed, as his trousers are equipped with side adjusters for a more streamlined appearance that effortlessly segues from the jacket to the trousers. The clean lines are comparable to those of Ralph Lauren’s Bugatti Type 57SC. The continental look is a perfect amalgam of both British and Italian sensibilities without veering too far into either camp. Not only will his suits serve their purpose in a business setting, but they will also catch the attention of that woman eyeing you from across the bar. 

Not only are his garments beautiful, but also is the space that houses them. Appropriately nestled in a cozy space on the Upper East Side, Manolo Costa’s bespoke tailoring atelier is intimate, sleek, and impeccably curated, the perfect compliment to the elegant design of his clothing. Even better is that everything from the art on the walls to the chairs you sit in to look through fabric books is for sale. Costa not only sells clothing, but also a lifestyle to match.



so if you’re interested in comics theory, i recommend reading scott mccloud’s “Understanding Comics”. it’s the most well known theory textbook-thing for comics out there (and by theory i mean the why and contemplation vs the technique and nitty gritty of how), but it goes over symbolic figuration and yes this is almost exactly what mccloud was getting at

in essence: the more stylized to generic shapes, the more relatable it is. whereas the more unique shapes and distinct proportions and realism is has, the less universally relatable. neither is inherently bad, but you gotta know how to use them

anonymous asked:

Hi~ um, any tips on consistency when it comes to drawing (aside from selling your soul ahahahaaha)? Like, you know, when it comes to drawing someone with different expressions my drawing looks different ;_; Thank you for your time :)

Um, I guess just keep their respective facial proportions in mind when you’re drawing them? Good character design should mean your characters have distinct facial proportions (something I’m not too good at yet, but working on). Focus on stuff like roundness of the cheek, prominence of cheekbones, distance between eyes, nose shape (the nose does change with different expressions but not as much as the eyes and the mouth, especially for a style like mine), eyebrow shape and thickness, distance between the hairline and the browline (because that’s different between characters as well), shape and sharpness of the chin and jawline. Consistency is really just a matter of practicing a character over and over, there’s no real trick to it.