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The Art of Fashion Illustration

January 22, 2016

It has been a while since my last Arty Farty Fashion Friday so I have set my eye on lots of new amazing inspirations and creative souls! I’ve been reading this book which makes me crave to start drawing again: The Art of Fashion Illustration. It’s a beautifully designed book divided into two parts: the Emerging Masters and The Icons. Today is dedicated to the first part, let’s take a look at some of the newest fashion illustration stars!

Audria Brumberg

With her very detailed and extensive production process, it can take Brumberg up to a week to create an illustration. Her style includes both realistic model figures (photography) and abstract patterns (sketching in nature). She draws every single piece of the illustration separately and then manipulates them digitally till they come together in a final work of art.

Her advice: “Constantly look at what other designers are doing and develop good taste. Follow design blogs and study the campaigns of fashion designers to develop an aesthetic and eye for good work.”

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Sarah Hankinson

This Australian artist is mainly known for her focus on lines and contrast in her illustrations. “The use of a beautiful line can make an illustration”, she says. Her strong lines are contrasted by her colorful watercolor splashes which make the drawing pop. Later on she manipulates her drawing on photoshop to create clear focal points and make the illustration more visually appealing. “I try to make each piece a balance of light and dark, thick and thin lines, empty and full space.”

Her advice: “Although it can take a while to reach success, she says if you have the motivation to push and market yourself work will come.”

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Pippa McManus

One of my personal favorites is in the book! This amazing illustrator is known for painting women on a monochromatic acrylic background with the focus on the woman’s hair and eyes. When she creates an illustration she goes through what she calls her mental rolodex of past fashion editorials and shows, choosing various reference images from pieces that she loves.

 Her advice: “I absorb things I see quickly and sometimes subconsciously. So if I only look at designer’s creations and models, I’m much more likely to turn that into something of my own rather than draw from other illustrators’ techniques and styles.”

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Yaeko Abe

Abe is one of fashion illustration’s newest talents. The artist from New Jersey began to illustrate professionally in 2012! His style is still developing but his line drawings reflect a simplicity which is not often seen in fashion illustration. Abe often uses different types of ink pens, and later adds colors with markers before adjusting the final piece in Photoshop. “Being loose and spontaneous is my favorite way of drawing,” he says.

His advice: “Keep on illustrating and utilize all your time. Also, be polite to even the meanest of clients.”

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About LynnQuanjel

Lynn likes writing, food (lots of it) and cuddling cute doggies on the street. Whoisthatblonde.com tells the story of her life as a travelling fashion journalist and model, including all inevitable adventures that come with it.

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