Have you always admired the elegant fashion drawings of David Downton, cute girls sketched by Lanvin’s Alber Elbaz or moody and mysterious ladies painted by Tanya Ling? Work of all of those 3 artists is very well known through the fashion press. Now you can take a closer look at what it takes to illustrate fashion.
West London gallery Debut Contemporary is holding a new series of monthly fashion illustration workshops for anyone who wants to try their hand at drawing fashion or wants to develop their existing skills further.
The courses are run by artist and designer Anu Samarüütel, who has graduated from London Central Saint Martins MA Fashion course and has been working as an illustrator and designer for years. Anu is also a participant in the world touring New Nordic Fashion Illustration exhibition project, along such fashion illustration luminaires as Laura Laine and Lovisa Burfitt.
The workshop will give an overview of inspirational artists working in the field today and take a look at basic principles of fashion illustration and composition. Participants can experment with different techniques and try their hand at the kind of briefs that fashion illustrators tackle in their daily work.
Fashion illustration as an artform has seen a comeback lately with several prominent illustration exhibitions during past couple of years in the Design museum, Somerset House, the Fashion Illustration Gallery in Cork Street and this summer in the London College of Fashion gallery.
Fashion illustration somehow manages to capture it’s subject in a way photography cannot, also there’s a special charm about an image drawn by the hand of an artist - most of the top fashion illustrators are practicing their craft on paper, with paint and brushes, not digitally.
To those who are not sure if their drawing skills are high enough to join the workshop, Anu assures: „ There is such a multitude of styles in fashion illustration now, everything is allowed, starting from imaginative collages to cute cartoonish characters to pixellated figures to freehand drawing. Find your own style and have fun with it! Enthusiasm and will are the main ingredients at this workshop.“
The first workshop will take place over two evenings:
December 6th and 7th, 2012
18.00 – 20.30pm
Debut Contemporary, 82 Westbourne Grove, W2 5RT, London
The cost of two-part workshop is £60, that includes basic art materials. Also included in the cost is a one on one critique session after the workshop for any participants who wish to take their work further.
please e-mail to Sophia Victoria: firstname.lastname@example.org
or call T: 020 7221 1751.
Closing date for bookings is Tuesday, December 4th.
More about Anu Samarüütel
Illustrating Fashion December 2012 event page on FaceBook