Food for Fashionista’s! Within the crowd of artists on Instagram, Gretchen Röehrs knows how to stand out with her creative fashion illustrations created with merely a few fine lines of ink and… yes you guessed it right… food! This San Francisco-based artist spent a while in New York City working behind the scenes of the fashion world, but soon she decided to pursue her illustration career and moved to the West Coast.
Gretchen Röehrs loves to make her illustrations quirky and fun with her own ‘foodie fashion designs’ as well as with the poses and the expressions of her illustrated models. Her fresh look on fashion illustration caught the attention of Harper’s Bazaar and the Huffington Post, I am predicting a delightful future for Gretchen!
Combining his love for fashion, architecture and illustration, Jordan based artist Shamekh Bluwi has taken a simple idea and turned it into something startling beautiful. This illustrator is known for creating cut-out drawings and photographing them in front of beautiful backgrounds. Besides the fact that the illustrations themselves are beautiful, they are also a brilliant tool for coming up with inspiration for new fashion designs: all you have to do is to hold up his drawing and discover possible lines, patterns or images which would look good on a clothing piece.
Shamekh Bluwi is an upcoming illustrator we should definitely keep an eye on. His work has already been recognized by some great designers and celebrities such as Roberto Cavalli, Gigi Hadid, Valentino and Alessandra Ambrioso. He will also be teaming up with established fashion illustrator JaeSuk Kim (number five on this list!) to collaborate on an artwork inspired by the latest D&G Collection.
The name of this fashion illustrator couldn’t fit better to her style: in an interview Sunny explained that she tries to put the happiness which she feels while drawing into the painting by using radiant bright colors and rich details. Her overall aim is to preserve the beauty she sees, and the kindness she feels around her.
Sunny Gu’s work can easily be recognized by her favorite materials: she loves the vibrancy and the unpredictable nature of watercolor and occasionally uses graphite paint to create textures. The positive vibes that radiate from her illustrations also got noticed in the fashion world: she worked for Vogue, Elle, Versace, Bloomingdales, Carolina Herrera and the list is still growing!
Perhaps the most famous of this list is Megan Hess, she is an international fashion illustrator who works with some of the most prestigious fashion designers and luxury brands around the world, such as Chanel Dior, Cartier, Montblanc and Tiffany and Co. Her iconic style is recognizable by the use of black ink lines and the drawing of strong and elegant women in amazing outfits. Her illustrations are mainly black & white with a single color accent and always have up-to-date fashion topics.
Her latest project was in Dubai, where the Mall of the Emirates actually rebuilt one of her drawings as an exposition space, how cool is that?! You can also admire her work in her newest book “Coco Chanel: The Illustrated World of a Fashion Icon”.
This particular fashion illustrator is very fascinating since he uses a mixture of several illustrating techniques to create his final artworks. This does not only show his outstanding creativity, but also his capacity to master all these separate techniques. His artworks can be recognized by the mix of graphic design, sketching, watercolors, textures and even photography in some cases! His so-called ‘Susu Girls’ can be recognized by their long, skinny and anonymous portrayals.
As the founder and creative brain behind his personal brand Susu, JaeSuk Kim has been illustrating Susu Girls, which caught the attention of Bloomingdale’s and launched his career. Since then he has worked with Style.com, Vogue, Chic Mademoiselle and Swide.com, among others. Since JaeSuk Kim truly is an amazingly inspirational artist we will definitely be seeing more of him in the future, just wait for it!