Even though we are so used to seeing our faces in pictures, it is still weird to see yourself on a painting. Is it because of the artistic interpretation? The fact that you know it probably took hours to create? The skills of the artist? I don’t know, maybe it’s a combination of everything. What I do know that it definitely felt weird (but cool!) to see myself in 5 paintings from the artist Toshy.
Perhaps some of you are already familiar with the fashion illustrator Mimi Nizan: with clients as Lancôme, Moët & Chandon, L’Officiel, Topshop and Estée Lauder she is definitely considered successful! Last week I was delighted to go for a Chai Tea Latte with her in Amsterdam and ask her everything about her work as an illustrator. What is she up to and how did she become such a success? Keep reading to find out!
Everyone has their own vision of Paris, but most people think about the Eiffel Tower, the Sacre Coeur, the Champs-Elysées, the Seine, the Louvre… you know, the typical touristic things. Paris is also known as the city of love, the city of fashion, a city rich of culture! But what does culture mean exactly? Of course we glorify the remarkable architecture, classic art and historic tales. But what about the new ones? Paris has a side to it which is actually in full view, but no one seems to see it. Well, actually I think many people see it, but don’t really realize what they are looking at. You must be wondering what the hell I am talking about… I am talking about Street Art!
Let’s face it, at first I didn’t really pay attention to Street Art either. However, after following this fascinating street art tour I won’t be able to walk down the streets like I used to anymore. The passionate tour guide explained us many things about the Street Art culture which I never even had thought about. Let’s dive into my tour with a photo diary and I will talk about some fun facts and some beautiful places to visit!
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!
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.”
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.”
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.”
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.”
What happens when the #1 Celebrity Photographer of the Netherlands teams up with one of our best artists? It happened! And I was there to witness the result in the Hard Rock Café of Amsterdam! In fact, I was invited for the VIP revelation as the muse of Toshy, the artist. Earlier that month we worked together on the projects ‘Seduce Me’ & ‘Love Now!’, and it was an amazing experience so I had to be at The Opening to show my support!
The evening was packed with interviews, networking and of course… beautiful artworks! It was an amazing experience to be able to get so close to the paintings and admire the extensive details which Toshy created. Maarten Waalraven (a.k.a. Toshy) is known for taking photos and transform them into art pieces with his unique painting technique which reminds us of street art and graffiti. For this special occasion William Rutten gave Maarten a selection of thirteen portraits of celebrities:
Robbie Williams, Prince, Rihanna, George Michael, Paul McCartney, Kurt Cobain, Adele, Bono, P!nk, Madonna, David Bowie, Mick Jagger & last but not least our own Dutch pride Marco Borsato.
I asked William why he chose for these specific celebrities. He answered that he had asked his followers on Facebook about their thoughts but that most of the answers were a little bit cliché. He decided to make a mix between old & new legends, then and now. He chose for celebrities which impressed him, which he admired for staying down to earth, and who he had a good connection with during the shoot. Who he still wants to get in front of his camera? Barrack Obama is #1 on the list.
It is fascinating to see how Maarten used his painting technique to personalize the portraits by writing texts which are related to the artist. About their work, their life, their thoughts and their image. In my interview with him he explains that he tries to oppose stereotypes with his art: he tries to show the other side of the story, the person behind the public image.
Furthermore, Maarten explains how his artistic style has developed throughout the years and how everything started in the 80’s: Graffiti was no longer seen as a nuisance but as a talent and was rightly recognized by the media. Maarten started experimenting with combining street art and his creative studies, which resulted in a new style of art which he defined by the end of 2012: he combined his graffiti skills with personal background, typography and photography. How great is that?! I can’t wait to see the artworks he will make from the project I collaborated on with him!
YAY It’s Weekend!
It has been getting seriously cold, so I am cheering you guys up with amazing fashion illustrations! It is important to keep the creative juices flowing ;) You wonder why I love this specific style so much? As an Art Student and a Fashion Blogger it’s great to combine these two things that I absolutely LOVE into one concept. Fashion Illustrations show how important the art- and fashionworld are to each other, and how they simultaneously influence one another. Many magazines and brands nowadays use fashion illustrations for their commercials and advertising because it’s new, it’s creative, it’s fresh and above all… unique!
This week I decided to look for illustrations which portray women and fashion in several styles: abstract, sketchy, watercolour, detailed… I even found an image which was made in the style of the famous painter Alfons Mucha! There are so many amazing talents in the world and I see it as my mission to find the most creative and unique ones,
I hope you guys enjoy my journey :)
What do you think about fashion illustrations? I am very curious to hear more about other opinions on this topic. Also I would love to hear if you have a favorite and why, what would you like to see more?
And last but not least: BIG credits to all the artists that I selected for today, it was tough to chose but I had a great time looking through all the inspiring images during my search.
Lots of Love,
P.s. The names of the artists are mentioned from left to right!
Fashion and Art is a brilliant combination, a true artist who proves this is Pepi Art! When I found her work on Instagram she immediately caught my attention with her unique style, I just had to know more about it! I send her an e-mail and we were able to set up a small interview! We spoke about how fashion influences her art, how she gets her inspiration and more.
1. Hello there! I am so excited you were able to make some time for me in order to tell me more about yourself and your work! How have you been lately?
Hi Lynn! Thanks for your interest! I’m also excited to answer all your questions! I’m fine – thank you – just got back from London, where I had my first group exhibition at Lollipop Gallery. I had a blast and already miss the city and all the lovely people.
2. What inspires you to make your illustrations?
Everything could inspire me – I don’t want to set myself a limit regarding sources of inspiration! But I like to get inspired by people the most – simply the beauty of human being, minds, emotions etc. I also love it when I could make people smile with my artworks – that’s my motivation.
3. Help! I’m out of inspiration, what should I do?
I think inspiration also results from the process. Sometimes I already have the illustration or painting exactly in my mind but sometimes not. So you just need to start with something – the inspiration will follow. Don’t use a lack of inspiration as an excuse!
4. How long have you been drawing and how did you grow into your signature style?
All my life I have been loving to draw. It has become my passion, as well as my profession. I graduated in Media Economics, but have always focused on my passion of art besides. After my B.A.’s degree last year I decided to follow my dream and to become a professional artist. I’ll never forget the moment when Cara Delevingne and Rita Ora reposted my work on their instagram accounts – it has shown that my art could reach people by heart – all the lovely feedback I got from all over the world – motivated me to go for it. I don’t know how I’ve developed my own signature style – it just happened because I’ve never stopped drawing.
5. Do you think that your work as a fashion illustrator influences your personal fashion style?
Nope – it’s precisely the reserve! My personal fashion style/ personal taste influences all my artwork.
6. Do you have any personal fashion styling ideas that all of us should know about?
I’m crazy about jackets – especially leather jackets. So take a black leather jacket, a white or striped shirt, blue ripped jeans and you’re always ready to go! Don’t forget about the accessories – little cute arm bracelets, fine necklaces and rings. Oh and one more thing I would like to advice: Buy less but better – invest in high quality clothes! You’ll have more of it!
7. What does fashion mean to you?
I love fashion – it’s not only inspiring, it’s also a great way to express yourself! I would love to have my own fashion label someday.
8. Thank you for all the great answers! I love your work and I will definitely keep following you for more, are there any exciting projects coming up for you that we should stay tuned for?
Thank you too!! I’m looking forward to your own Fashion Blog – congrats and good luck with everything! Currently you could get some PEPIART for your phone – check out my cooperation with DeinDesign www.bit.ly/pepiart_deindesign – it’s available for mostly all phones and worldwide shipping. After my first exhibition in London I will exhibit my work in a fashion showroom in Dusseldorf soon. Stay tuned! :)
Did you enjoy reading about PepiART? You can check out more of her work here: www.pepiart.com
Do you like the concept of fashion illustrations? Earlier this week I spoke about five inspiring fashion illustrators, go check it out!
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!