If I could go back in time and pick any career, it would without a doubt be fashion illustration. There’s something about the complex simplicity that comes with turning life into a work of art that modern day computers can never hold a candle to. While this art form seemed to be on the verge of extinction not too long ago, social media has resurrected it, giving artists a wider platform to showcase their work. Whether this talented bunch are using watercolors to sketch designs for high-end brands or are using colored pencils to produce stylish sketches of It-Girls like Gigi Hadid, these artists will be sure to inspire your creative side.
1. Dallas Shaw | @dallasshaw
The self-proclaimed Olivia Pope of the fashion industry, this artist has a pretty impressive client list from Christian Louboutin to Chanel.
2. Blair Breitenstein | @blairz
Inspired by the 60s and 70s, this NYC artist takes a quirky view on fashion with layered watercolors and messy smudged lines.
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3. Judith van den Hoek | @judithvandenhoek
Judith van den Hoek captures a minimalist side of fashion with her simple, yet powerful drawings. She turned her love of illustrating into a full-time career and has an impressive resume working with brands like Hermes, Burberry, Givenchy, Prada, and Tiffany & Co.
4. Nadia Coolrista | @nadiacoolrista
Russian illustrator Nadia Coolrista works mainly with colored pencils to create strikingly beautiful portraits of the fashion elite.
001 #fashionillustration #gucci2017 How come I haven’t had challenge myself for #the100daysproject ? So somehow I got this idea and I want to get into it with a strong wish to finish it successfully! I hope you guys will support me! #drawing #fashion #pencils #coloredpencil #gucciresort2017 #art_empire #art_gallery #nawden #art_fashion #izhevsk #washingtondc #nyc
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5. Kelly Smith | @birdyandme
Taking inspiration from fashion, film and fairytales, this Australian artist captures the romantic side of fashion with her delicate, detailed work.
6. Meagan Morrison | @travelwritedraw
Come to this Brooklyn illustrators’ account for her colorful illustrations and stay for her wanderlust-inducing travel photos.
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7. Katie Rodgers |@paperfashion
This NYC artist’s whimsical drawings will make you want to unleash your creative side with your own watercolor set.
I’ve been working on something exciting that I’d love for you to be a part of… I know many of you are aspiring artists and illustrators, and I would love to have the chance to work one-on-one with you! I’m teaming up with @SORELfootwear to launch a mentorship program! You must apply by tomorrow at midnight. Can’t wait to work with one of you! Find out more at the link in my profile. #SORELStyle (sorry… US residents only!)
8. Megan Hess | @meganhess_official
This fashion artist launched her career by illustrating the Sex and The City novel and has since created iconic accessories for Henri Bendel and illustrated the windows of Bergdorf Goodman in New York in addition to working with brands like Prada, Dior, Givenchy, and Balmain.