Tuesday, 27 September 2016

Rosie McGuinness

The fluidity and form of Rosie McGuinness's oeuvre of work is one that marries both the approach to classical fashion drawing, conjuring the lines of illustrators like Rene Bouche and Kenneth Paul Block to a far more contemporary vision of style, channelled through her selective poses and muse of woman.

Emitting a sense of serenity; Rosie's women are narrow and elegantly dressed in a way that imply a lifestyle surrounded by good taste. Her figures usually appears to have a paired back appearance with often centre parted hair and features not dissimilar from figures in the industry like Jamie Bochert and Phoebe Philo. Her selection of muted paper tones and languid instant brush marks serve to build this timeless visual.

 "Illustration for me is a hugely satisfying creative process, something to concentrate on with instant results.
Drawing by hand, the quality and strength of line is important to me – as is an overall balance to the page – posture and pose need to be correct and grounded, which can take a number of drafts. I have tried tracing over images to alter or correct a line or angle – but I almost always find that the initial free drawn line or mark is best, the most expressive, and that this quality can not be falsified or recreated exactly."

- excerpt from a 2012 interview with slashstrokemagazine.com

Images from Instagram and rosiemcguinness.com

Tuesday, 20 September 2016

Gill Button

Mentioned recently as one of Dazed & Confused's 'illustrators to follow', the last two years have been nothing short of a meteoric rise for artist Gill Button, whose work is currently gracing the cover of WWD magazine, billboards across America to promote the new season of Transparent, and in a new catalogue by Dries Van Noten documenting an extensive collaboration with Dries (including hand painting 1200 show invites for AW16/17 and exclusive artworks for the brand which in turn inspired the show's make-up). A favorite of Alessandro Michele, Button was selected by Gucci's creative director to be a part of an online campaign to launch their blooms and Caleido pattern by interpreting them in her own distinct way.

Much of Gill's work post-graduation (Kingston, 1995) and pre-instagram era was created digitally, with clients including Vanity Fair, British Airways and The Times newspaper. It was her blog in 2014 Sketchy Men that was to become the beginning of her exposure for hand rendered artwork.  Her oil paintings, traditionally a medium associated more with fine art than illustration (and great proof of the continuing overlap of both fields) are recognizable for their portrait focus on major figures in the fashion industry.

Be sure to check out Gill's instagram.

Stephen Doherty

Stephen Doherty continues his success with recent commissions in 2016 for Gucci, SHOWstudio x Garage Magazine and features in 10 magazine. Highlights below:

SHOW studio's recent event Style Shoot Draw was covered by Instagram and Facebook Live, drawing in 1.5 millions viewers over the two day period. Inviting twenty illustrators to a life drawing class with supermodels Ruth May, Molly Bair and Jasmin Wijnaldum amongst others, the illustrators produced works while Nick Knight photographed the looks, with the results to be published in Garage Magazine.

Molly Bair in Moschino

Ruth May in Balenciaga

Selena Forrest in Marc Jacobs

Molly Bair in Mary Katranzou

Julia Banas in J.W Anderson

Print collaboration with Ports 1961 resort 2016

Photographs from his recent Pop Up event at The Hackney Shop in January

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