Slow Is Smooth: Portrait Of CC By Mister Slowboy

There’s a saying in sports: slow is smooth, and smooth is fast. That’s why waiting for Mister Slowboy’s portrait of me went by so quickly, and why I came out looking smoooooth.

Late last year I did a piece on Fei Wang, the London-based artist known as Mister Slowboy, for The Gentleman’s Journal. I followed it up with a gallery of his work here at Ivy Style, since menswear illustration is one of our recurring and popular categories.

Slowboy offered to thank me for the coverage by doing my own portrait, using a selection of photos for reference and consulting with me about what I’d like to be wearing. Naturally I chose my favorite things: charcoal trousers, tassel loafers, club tie, pinned club collar, and a natural-shouldered jacket. Slowboy even nailed some tiny details, such as the monogram on the cuff of my custom Ratio shirt, and he chose to have me holding the book that went with the MFIT’s “Ivy Style” exhibit, which includes my interview with Richard Press.

When I was in college I developed a fascination with portrait paintings, chiefly from the 19th century, and since then most of the prints on my walls have fallen under that category. A few years ago I sifted through thousands of paintings and came up with a proposal for a book based on portraits of elegant gentlemen. Publishers asked if I’d cleared the rights for all the paintings. I said I assumed that was their department. Evidently not. Last I recall, the consensus was to pitch the project to a museum as an exhibit. Might get around to that one day.

Anyway, I finally have a portrait of myself! Now I just need to get it framed. And get a fireplace over which to hang it.

If you’d like to commission your own portrait, send an email to Mister Slowboy. — CC

24 Comments on "Slow Is Smooth: Portrait Of CC By Mister Slowboy"

  1. Chewco L.P. (Offshore) | May 23, 2017 at 11:37 am |


    I think I finally understand what “Mr. Slowboy” means. Slow is smoooooth.

  2. Art imitates life. Slow is smooth works especially well for golf.


  3. Looks to me like a softer version of an old Spy illustration, love it.

  4. René Lebenthal | May 23, 2017 at 12:07 pm |

    Congrats Christian…it came out really nice…love the Ivy Style book under your arm….
    I already saw the pic before, as you changed the Icon in your comments ….

  5. Charlottesville | May 23, 2017 at 12:21 pm |

    Great portrait, Christian and, as pointed out by René, it makes a nice icon/avatar. Well done.

  6. Archivist Trad | May 23, 2017 at 12:39 pm |

    I very much doubt that Christian wears his trousers that short.
    Short trousers, however, seem to be Mr. Slowboy’s signature in all of his portraits.

  7. Grey Flannels | May 23, 2017 at 12:42 pm |

    Christian, is the figure on your necktie the staff of Aesculapius?

  8. Reggie Darling | May 23, 2017 at 2:31 pm |

    Very nice!

  9. Herr Doktor | May 23, 2017 at 2:46 pm |

    Nicely done, old boy, but you look worried.

  10. J. Meador | May 23, 2017 at 3:12 pm |

    Herr Doktor,
    Considering the current state of men’s fashion in the U.S., Christian has good cause to be worried, as do all proponents of Trad style.

  11. Vern Trotter | May 23, 2017 at 4:39 pm |

    Matchless! I want one. No truth to the saying, “Cost and arm and a leg!” comes from standing portraits. At least, that is what I have been told.

  12. Herr Doktor | May 23, 2017 at 5:01 pm |

    J. Meador, wherever people of good taste congregate, chances are there are a few trads around.

  13. This is simply grand. Congrats, Christian. Splendid work Mister Slowboy.

  14. FrontPorchLife | May 23, 2017 at 5:19 pm |

    Slow is smooth, just ask Mr. “Slowhand” Clapton, who happens to patronize Cordings of Piccadilly.

  15. Classic for all time!! Well done!!

  16. Roger C. Russell II | May 23, 2017 at 6:14 pm |

    Accurate, Fun, and Tradly

  17. rvpress59 | May 23, 2017 at 6:44 pm |

    Out of GQ 1937.

  18. NaturalShoulder | May 23, 2017 at 6:56 pm |

    He is quite talented.

  19. E. Lucidator | May 24, 2017 at 1:07 am |

    Grey Flannels,
    I just enlarged the illustration and you seem to be right about the staff of Aesculapius on CC’s necktie.
    Now to decipher the significance.

  20. Think it’s actually the swords piercing hearts tie he sports in this and other pics

  21. Ha! I noticed this as your avatar the other day. I’ve enjoyed Fei Wang’s illustrations for a while now, and follow him on instagram. It’s amazing how he can reconcile a surprising amount of detail with a clean distinctive style.

    If I were ever to commission a portrait of myself for posterity, I think he’d be my first choice of artist – the light-hearted approach would allay my doubts about succumbing to vanity or illusions of grandeur.

  22. @Mr. Press

    I think you meant 1957.


  23. Leonardo Luppo | May 25, 2017 at 12:29 am |

    I know a good alterations tailor who could lengthen those trousers.

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