KEEP GOING

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. 

2012. The illustrations above are from a McQueen Collection. My style began to get looser and more fluid which I loved. However, I  knew wanted more color and vibrancy.

2012. The illustrations above are from a McQueen Collection. My style began to get looser and more fluid which I loved. However, I  knew wanted more color and vibrancy.

2013. These illustrations are from a collaboration with the trend forecasting company, WGSN. I drew one look per city during fashion week and they featured it on their Tumblr page.  Let me know what you've been able to accomplish by being persistent!

2013. These illustrations are from a collaboration with the trend forecasting company, WGSN. I drew one look per city during fashion week and they featured it on their Tumblr page. 

Let me know what you've been able to accomplish by being persistent!

 

 

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