Somewhat quiet; somehow ticklish; always in moment–Katie Harnett from the UK sets her characters where they belong. Maybe the woman isn’t all about glits and glamour. Maybe she wants to wear something reminding her of home. She is drawn with a simple touch. The figures are not exaggerated to follow a made-up woman, but in a comfortable way. Set apart from the usual high-contrast fashion illustrations, Harnett roots her colors [...]
Extreme humor is a questionable form of flattery—especially in the case of Alexsandro Palombo. The mysterious illustrator/writer/designer from Italy is notorious in the fashion world for his Humor Chic illustrations. Fashion legends such as Anna Wintour and Karl Lagerfield are characterized in the form of the Simpsons, always accompanied by controversial text. They were ultimately passed out as flyers outside New York fashion week venues. It seems uncanny that Palombo [...]
such as DUNNY, or as tattoos celebrated in International Tattoo Art magazine. The figures are usually adorably bug-eyed beings with a hidden personality, set in realistic places. The unsettling contrast reels us in to look again. I find myself asking the question to the characters: What are you hiding?
A challenge for fashion illustrators: prints. They are artwork themselves, so recreating them in a sketch renders them to be interpretations. In a rare case though, textile designer Alex Russell draws his own illustration, creating a meticulously detailed and true work of art. Russell seems to surpass challenges everyday. In his cartoon blog HALFDROPPED, the multi-talented artist draws a one-box satire to things/ideas that we all encounter: how about a [...]
A love story that carries for 45 years: Walter and Naiad Einsel’s humble and strong love is one to follow. Both renowned illustrators, they drew illustrations to each other as love letters. They met in 1952, marrying three weeks later. Anna Sui’s 2012 Fall collection takes the magical illustrations. Of all inspirations, ‘love’ leads the way in art, and Anna Sui is well associated with love and relationships. The gentle [...]
Welcome to 2012, where digital art has become second hand knowledge for most. The brush tool; clone tool; layers tab have become words that spark creativity and probe at the imagination of creative minds everywhere. 15 years ago illustrator/artist, Francesca Waddell started her career with a brush and a single layer of paper. We can now see Waddell’s drawings on websites, in magazines, ad campaigns you name it. She has become a sought after and established illustrator.