What inspires you? Strangers, friends, books and stories, art, design, fashion, graffiti, music v deos, cartoons, anime, manga, superheroes, travelling, patterns, wallpaper, doilies and dolls.
Are you interested in fashion?
Yes, I have always been. I remember when I was very young, watching Fashion Television, and the designer Patrick Kelly's runway show was on. I sat there in awe of his colours and his ideas. I remember seeing garments turn into butterflies, with fabric draping and models swaying. I immediately went to my sketchbook and started drawing figures in my own Kelly-inspired outfits. I think I was twelve.
Describe your work. I love drawing figures. If you look at my work, you'll see that often there is hardly any background, rather the drawing space is filled with people. I think, for the most 148 part, my images are light and sometimes whimsical. I was heavily influenced by | anime and manga and comic books as I
£ was growing up, then I became interested in fashion. I think in some capacity, these | two things have melded together.
^ Which media and techniques do you use?
g I use Adobe Illustrator to create my work.
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£ What, for you, makes a successful fashion illustration?
I grew up seeing that fashion illustration was a good rendering of clothing on a figure—that the lines, colours and shapes used were a good reflection of the garment it was supposed to illustrate. However, I think that way less so nowadays. I think fashion illustration has a much wider focus and its appeal has broadened. Now, when you flip through magazines, illustrations which are themed
"fashion" are funny, quirky and abstract. They tell stories or are lone silhouettes, they're sexy and campy. Some are more surreal in their ideas, while others focus more on the elements of the image's aesthetics. I think a successful fashion illustration should be gauged no differently than any other work of art. Design and composition, I think, is key. Colour, line quality, concept... all these principles and elements come into play and, from them, a successful piece is derived, not just a successful fashion illustration.
What artistic training have you undertaken?
I studied at the Ontario College of Art and Design, in Toronto, Canada.
If you could give one piece of advice to a student, what would it be?
I think persistence and honesty is the key. If you love drawing, or painting, or creating, then it will shown in your work. It will make you persistent at what you do, and will motivate you to continue to learn and to be inspired by people and things, and experiences, which will help you become a better artist or, in this case, a better fashion illustrator.
Quirky, intense, hyper, melancholy, driven, neurotic, organized, excitable, honest, passionate. As for my greatest achievement, I would probably say being able to draw for a living.
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