Looking for that perfect last minute gift for the fashion illustrator in your life, or someone who aspires to become one? Then look no further than the inspirational new offering from the Illustration Now! series by Taschen, the leading publisher of art books. This is a chunky hard back volume full of beautiful illustrations by 90 contemporary illustrators working in a diverse range of styles. The artists are drawn from across the world, and all of them are working commercially in this genre, but the prominence given to personal work serves to emphasise the importance of experimenting, no matter what stage of your career you are at. The book opens with a must read essay on the history of fashion illustration and plenty of quotes by experts from the world of fashion are scattered throughout. Illustration Now! Fashion will have the aspiring fashion illustrator salivating with an envy that should push them on to produce wonderful artwork of their own. There are too many highlights to mention on a blog but here are some of my favourite finds to whet your appetite:
New York based Katie Rodgers draws whimsical half naked girls in Day of the Dead make up and flower headdresses.
American born Nicole Jarecz lives and works in Paris. This personal work entitled Bubbles just fizzes with energy.
Zé Otavio is a Sao Paolo based artist and counts many top magazines amongst his clients.
LULU* includes birds in this deceptively simple piece that is full of motion.
Bil Donovan is one of the older illustrators included, and his work displays a timeless elegance, as shown in this creation for Dior Beauty, where Bil is artist in residence.
FInally, Lina Boden is one of the many leading Swedish fashion illustrators working today. Like many of my favourite fashion illustrators she presents clothing within the context of detailed imagined worlds.
Go on, be inspired. Find Illustration Now! Fashion here.
- Making Great Illustration, by Derek Brazell and Jo Davies: Book Review
- Re-drawing the Line
- Competition time! The Pickled Award for new character illustration.
- Mia Overgaard Interview
- An interview with legendary fashion illustrator David Downton