As a little girl, I always dreamt of becoming a fashion designer or an artist. I have an aunt who is a pattern maker and every time she would visit my hometown, I would spend endless hours going through her drawings and trying to mimic her work. I entered into art contest and painted on clothes throughout my entire childhood for friends and family. It wasn't until I moved to New York in 2009 that I realized Fashion Illustration could actually be a career. I took a course in life drawing for fashion and I decided to pursue it full force. There was only one problem. I hadn't developed a style. I was drawing with charcoal one day, markers the next, and acrylic on the days that I felt like painting. I had a vision of what I wanted my art to look like, but I just couldn't get it on paper. I also had a hard time making my illustrations look loose. I used a lot of hard lines and overworked the drawings often. I felt stuck.
A tutor gave me the advice to draw everyday. Draw while you're watching TV, draw on the train, draw while you're waiting in a que. Draw EVERYWHERE and you'll begin to find a unique spin to what you're creating.
So that's what I did. I eventually moved to London to pursue design and I drew everything I saw. I have a ton of sketchbooks full of sketches from fashion shows, exhibitions, landscapes, and people I encountered everyday. Over time, I developed my own technique of watercolor painting and I've become known for my style of fluid body gestures. I've included examples of my work from 2011 to 2013 below. Sometimes I can't believe I drew that, but at the time that was my best.
When I'm teaching illustration classes or illustrating on Periscope, students always ask how to develop a style. My simple answer is to KEEP GOING.
2011. I used a lot of markers, stipple drawings and Photoshop in the illustrations above.