30 Fashion Illustrators You Can’t Miss Part 2
Mar 22, 2010
(Updated: 11th March 2013) Our blog was revamped and please check out Fashionary Hand for more fashion illustrations and sketches.
The fashion illustration is an unique art. You need to strike a balance between the whole drawing and the details of the garment. This is why it is very hard to master. If you miss our PART 1, you can take a look at here. And we would love to continue to sequent below.
1) Danny Roberts, based in California, USA
Danny’s artwork was honored by being the first featured portfolio of 2007 Graduates on the WGSN Generation Now Website, a unique showcase of graduating talent from the world’s leading universities and design colleges.
Despite his young age, he has been widely known, especially when you consider his publications. Being one of my favorite fashion artist, you can find a more detailed interview we did here.
2) Ruben Toledo, based in New York, USA
Ruben Toledo was born in Havana, Cuba in 1961 and is at once a painter, sculptor, illustrator, fashion chronicler and critic, and surrealist. He has designed mannequins, store windows, award statuettes, scarves, fabrics, dishes and carpets. His collaboration with his fashion designer wife, Isabel Toledo, was the subject of both a book and a museum exhibition titled Toledo/Toledo: A Marriage of Art and Fashion at The Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City.
3) Masaki Mizuno, based in Tokyo, Japan
Masaki’s works involves the expression of the inner psychology; a self reflection mirrored through art. In order to express the vision and subject matter of my work, he find that it is important to extract ideas from within my own perspective and senses. His work is analogue, hand painted with acrylic, air-brush, and rollers
4) Fifi Lapin, based in England.
The Martin Margiela in the fashion illustration field. Her personal profile is not well known. But she really get a unique type of drawing style and character. The most stylish rabbit in the world!
5) Frederick Watson, based in Toronto, Canada
Frederick launched a series of fashion-inspired posters which quickly became hot collector’s items in Toronto in the 60s. These were dramatic and elegant studies in black and white. I love his style, one of the most traditional elegance of stroke and which is highly missed nowadays.
6) Antoine Helbert, based in Strasbourg, France
Antoine Helbert is a master painter, sculptor and illustrator. His styles of graphic, fashion, history, and advertising are very different, but equally outstanding. And the content of the illustrations are the most interesting thing to look at.
7) Alberto Seveso, based in Italy
Alberto’s style of illustration is stunningly amazing and unique. His use of layering and texturing make the illustration like a piece of art.
8) Vincent Bakkum, based in Helsinki, Finland
Born and raised in Holland, graphic designer Vincent Bakkum has lived in Helsinki for the past two decades. He describes his aesthetic as such: “in love with the graphic qualities of a woman — her outlines, her bone structure, the shadows under the nose and lips, the knuckles of long slender fingers, the lightfall on her calves, pitch black, cheek-brushing eye lashes.”
9) Hannah Muller, based in Sweden
I adore Hannah’s style so much. Detailed and contemporary stroke with earth tone color. I would be so happy to see more art piece come out from her.
10) Leigh Viner, based in USA
Leigh is an artist in different media like painting, drawing, photographic and make-up. Her versatile skill definitely border her style. She has a gorgeous style but at the same time you can smell a rawness from them which make it very interesting. Adore them!
Here is an interview of Leigh.
11) Mats Gustafson, based in New York, USA
Mats studied costume and stage design at the Scandinavian Drama Institute in Stockholm and in 1978 had his first fashion illustrations published in British Vogue. He has painted for a host of international designers including Comme des Garcons, Chanel and Yohji Yamamoto and has collaborated with corporate clients such as Galeries Lafayette, Nike and Bergdorf Goodman. In 1993 and 1998 Galerie Bartsch and Chariau, Munich published limited edition catalogues dedicated to his work.
12) Masaki Ryo, based in Tokyo, Japan
His ability to capture the endearing and playful nature of our canine companions has caught many an eye and has earned the recognition of various clients including the renowned stationary company Caspari, Inc. They have released a line of products featuring Masaki’s illustrations, including but not limited to his artwork of dogs, which have been very popular in the US, Europe, and Japan.
13) Wendy Plovmand, based in Copenhagen, Denmark
A contemporary style of illustration, Wendy combine a graphical approach into fashion illustration using mix media. She work independently with design, illustration and art since 2001 and has various exhibitions in London and New York.
14) Niki Pilkington, based in USA
Niki Pilkington is an illustrator who spends her time between Wales and London, focusing on fashion work, having been a fashion illustration student at college. Her work featured here is a very wholesome combination of style in two senses. One is in the fashion-conscious people she chooses as the subjects for her work, and the other is in the highly skilled way in which she puts this to paper.
15) Rebollo Manuel, based in Salamanca, Spain
Spanish illustrator Manuel Rebollo’s work stand out from others with his use of typography into the illustration. His use sketch manner of drawing and creates awesome artworks mostly dedicated to fashion.
16) Yuki, based in Nagoya, Japan
Yuki’s illustrations are drawn mainly with pure watercolor. He is fond of drawing fashionable works such as women, interior or a lifestyle in a delicate touch.
17) Reilly, based in London, England
Reilly is one of the new breed of illustrators mixing the wild imagination of an artist with the obsessive skill of the apple-mac wizard.
Combining dynamic rainbows swirls, repetitions of glossy lips and painstakingly observed come-hither eyes, then layering over tags, graffiti and found objects, as well as his own cartoon characters – this makes his work instantly recognisable in all its hypnotic variety.
18) Aurore de la Morinerie, based in France
It is very easy to see Aurore’s work when you click into Susie Bubble’s blog, yes, the top banner. His work is full of Zen, reminding me of Chinese link painting with a touch of elegance.
19) Raphael Vicenzi, Brussels, Belgium
Raphael’s work combines several mediums to portray striking, powerful themes in a really unique way. His work is dark, ironic, striking and creative. It mixes various mediums, such as digital art, doodles/sketches, painting and more.
20) Kareem Iliya, based in USA
Kareem Iliya started his fashion career working with Giorgio Armani, and from 1992 also freelanced as an illustrator. His images are hauntingly full of grace and mystery. In addition to being an illustrator, Kareem Iliya is also a menswear designer. These watercolor illustrations are so inspiring. Great color sense… great everything, really.
21) Monsieur Z, based in France
You should probably came across Monsieur Z’s works lately, his works are widely mentioned in many fashion illustration book and website. His long and thin characters, architectural forms, humor and elegance are now evolving on other media, like animation.
22) Dolceq, based in Rome, Italy
Dolceq is formed by Massimillano and Sonia. DolceQ is a sexy lovely world where butterflies, hearts, stars and women live together in a minimal, erotic futuristic style. The pair work across a huge range of projects, from music videos, art shows, designer furniture through to designer toys.
23) Montse Bernal, Barcelona, Spain
Montse Bernal is from Barcelona, Spain originally. The artist uses a variety of materials, ranging from dry media to painting, to even digital and some animations. Montse graduated in fine arts by the University of Barcelona. Bernal also is specialized in illustration in ENSAD of Paris.
24) Silja Gotz, based in Madrid, Spain
Silja Goetz is working for some of the biggest names in publication and product. Nike, Vogue, Cosmo, and Nylon tout her work among others. From portraiture and product integration to her more pensive personal work, her illustrative style evokes emotion and warmth.
25) Nice Lopes, based in Sao Paulo , Brazil
Nice has a distinctive style: sharp color, digital, collage of pattern. And she just publish a 2010 calendar which I love it so much!
26) Sandra Suy, based in Barcelona, Spain
Sandra Suy loves drawing people , especially beautiful women with beautiful dresses.
27) Victoria Ball, based in Gloucestershire, England
Victoria has produced artwork for a broad range of clients and markets both in the UK and Internationally. She continues to enjoy illustrating for magazines, merchandising, advertising and packaging. Her mixed media style is achieved by digitally combining, through the use of Adobe Photoshop, hand drawn and painted elements with photography and sourced pattern.
28) Francois Berthoud, based in New York, USA
Francois’s early work has been published by Vanity directed by Anna Piaggi, and then in Numero, The NewYorker, Harper’s Bazaar, The New York Times Magazine, Mixte, V magazine, Amica, Uomo Vogue, Vogue Italy, Vogue Nippon, Visionaire.
His work has been exhibited worldwide in solo and group shows and has appeared in many reference books. Francois Berthoud lives and works in Milan and New York.
29) Montana Forbes, USA
Montana Forbes is a self-taught artist with a Graphic Design (BA degree) background.
Her objective is simplicity with a unique perspective, sensitivity to form, line and an intrinsic sense of colour inherited from growing up between the USA, Southern Africa and the U.K. Her work is featured on numerous book covers, in magazine articles and art books world wide.
30) Susan Burghart, based in Seattle, USA
Susan Burghart comes from a graphic design background but also recently studied illustration in London. Susan’s style is a mix of retro art — deco, nouveau, pop, and general 20th century nostalgia, though her goal is to keep the work new and interesting at the same time. Susan’s work has been featured by R.E.D. (helmet line of Burton Snowboards), Spunky Clothing U.K., Worth Global Style Network (WGSN) and Computer Arts magazine.
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