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UNIT 12:Task 2 / UNIT 1: Task 4 - Analysing Fashion illustrators

Doing my Homework with you!
Fashion Diploma course
UNIT 12: Computers in Art & Design, TASK 2
& UNIT 1:Visual recording in Art&Design, TASK 4

Research at least 2 digital fashion illustrators try to include the following:

  • Basic biographical information
  • An analysis of their work, including examples and descriptions
  • What media, techniques and processes do you think they have used?
  • Are there any you would or wouldn't use in your own work?
  • List things that you would like to try.

Record your findings on your blog.

First Digital Illustrator:

Alena Lavdovskaya


   1.Basic biographical information

  • Russian illustrator
  • Textile studies in Moscow internship in Milan
  • Graduate in art and fashion studies at San Francisco Institute of Arts

She's been working in the world of creative fashion for more than 15 years, 13 of which as a Deputy Creative Director at the luxury department store TSUM, Mercury Group, Moscow.

Her work has appeared in top industry publications like Vogue, Elle, Numero, and Esquire; not to mention campaigns with Dior, Lancome, Estee Lauder, Hugo Boss and Tsum Moscow.

In 2016, She founded an independent creative agency focused on commercial illustration & art for fashion and retail business - Fashion Illustration Studio.

"Sometimes, people think you can draw a person using your imagination, but this is not the right attitude. Getting ready for illustrating is the same as for the photoshoot – you must take care of the style, do the haircut and make-up. Sometimes I do even organise the photoshoots so that I have the pictures to draw! You would probably ask why can’t I simply use the pictures that are available online? The model must be captured exactly in a way I need her to – my job has to be done from the very beginning till the end.”

   2.An analysis of their work, including examples and descriptions

Watch this video of her Drawing Christian Dior:


She is a fashion illustrator her work are mainly fashion drawings, silhouettes and graphic art. Her subjects are models and fashion accessories like bags and jewellery and fragrances products. She draws high top fashion brands like Dior, Lancome, Estee Lauder and Hugo Boss.


    3. What media, techniques and processes do you think they have used?

In my opinion, and as well from what I can see in her portfolio she mixes various media from ink to pencil colours (she is the Russian sponsor for Faber-Castel) to Brush pens Promarkers or watercolours and then, she refines sketches and illustrations with Photoshop.

   4. Are there any you would or wouldn't use in your own work?
     List things that you would like to try.

I'll take the advice of drawing more from photos or models, most of the time I try to imagine and my drawings lack reality most of the time!

I will like to experiment with more drawing fabric patterns that I got in the studio; I think it's a good practise and can lead to beautiful design projects.

I like as well how she presents her drawings in photos, with a still-life of fabrics, accessories and fragrances giving a nice appealing pop to the pictures.

I will like to mix media more as she does, I usually choose a media and then refine the work with photoshop, and I should experiment more.

Honestly, there is nothing I wouldn't use for my work; I wish I had the same talent!

Second Digital Illustrator:

Jenny Walton


1.Basic biographical information

  • Fashion director at The Sartorialist
  • Designer & illustrator based in New York City
  • Graduated from Parsons School of Design with a degree in Fashion Design

Jenny Walton has worked with brands such as Miu Miu, Bottega Veneta, Simone Rocha, Moncler, Carolina Herrera & Tata Harper 
She has been featured in publications such as Vogue, Harpers Bazaar, Elle, Glamour, InStyle, & Conde Nast Traveler.

Have you always wanted to be an illustrator?

JW: No, you know it’s funny; it’s not something I ever thought about doing. I used to have this hour-long commute every day, and after a while I started to realise I should be using this time, and I should be sketching, and this was around 2014 when Instagram was becoming such a huge thing, so the end of the train ride I would post my sketch, and it was great because I would just get this immediate reaction from people. It was really exciting for me to try and turn that into a career.

2.An analysis of their work, including examples and descriptions

Jenny Walton is a Fashion illustrator, and a fashion blogger and her work are mainly drawings of catwalks and High fashion collections.

Most of the drawings are shown into her sketchbooks or ripped paper, her silhouettes are essentials and minimalists, the profiles have few main lines and skin colours, she plays with light and over positions and giving the viewer an intuition and almost a sensation of the garments.

  3. What media, techniques and processes do you think they have used?

Watch this video of Jenny Walton drawing:


 Most of her works are handmade drawing using plain sketch paper or marker sketch pads like Strathmore™ pads, mixing Copic™-markers, brush pens and fine liner pens like Micron™ on differents sizes for details.

Some other works, like the ones on top, I think are instead, digital works made with Wacom tablet or Adobe Illustrator and then added some finishing details and brushing on Adobe Photoshop.

Few other works are made using makeup as colours, applying eyeliner, lipsticks and foundation.

4. Are there any you would or wouldn't use in your own work?
     List things that you would like to try.

Jenny Walton has high artistic value, her works are essential and minimalist, but fluids in the movements.

I will love to steal her sense of balance between details and essential; she is confident in what she should add to give the viewer an understanding of the garments and what she can omit.

Every line of her works show you how confident she is with her knowledge of drawing, she does it by memory and sketches a silhouette with just five lines, knowing when to stop it's a talent the comes with time and experience.

I will like to experiment with Copic™ markers and brush pens and force myself to be less realistic and full of details, her works are light and straight to point, pop in out beautifully out of the paper.

Honestly, there is nothing I wouldn't use for my work; I wish I had the same skills!

Third Fashion Illustrator

Michael Ostermann

Website: Michael Ostermann

1.Basic biographical information

Michael Ostermann, born in 1991 is an Illustrator based in Vienna (Austria) and he’s a photo manipulation expert. Most of the times, he starts with portrait photography and adds some elements to create a surrealist visual. His other works are visible on Behance unfortunately, his internet presence it's minimal and just oriented to his illustrations, I could find any good resolution photos of him or a general Bio.


2.An analysis of their work, including examples and descriptions

Ostermann works are a kaleidoscope explosion of shapes and lines, he is a pro with photo manipulation and graphic design.

His works have a predominance of dark tones with just few brighter tones in some works. Most of the works are black and white, with some dark reds (similar to blood colour) or cold shade of blue.

The background colours set the mood of the illustration and seem really important for the artist, he often fuses the background with the models, giving an idea of shadows and darkness.

The vibe is a nightmarish world in my opinion, the more I look the more I feel an anguish sensation, even if I can clearly see the talent of the artist and his competence.

His "women" poses as catwalkers models and usually look directly at the viewers.

The garments intricated and regal, full of details and embellishments.

Ostermann loves to add abstracts decorations, fragments, splashes, abstracts shapes and brushes and these elements helps to give a sense of movement as well.


3.What media, techniques and processes do you think they have used?

I do not think Ostermann starts from drawing on paper and my idea is that he starts from photos of his choice as references and manipulates and "draws" using Photoshop and maybe illustrators and drawing tablets.

His works are clear and nitid, the lines are impeccable, he uses lights and shadows wisely and plays them with talent.

I am sure he creates his own brushes on photoshop for his decoration and the look of his illustration it's realistic and natural even if dark in themes.

4.Are there any you would or wouldn't use in your own work?/ List things that you would like to try.

Even if I got a previous Diploma in Graphic Design and I am just an year younger of this artist I know that my skills are nothing compare to his ones! I couldn't said what I would or wouldn't try of his work because I know hoe difficult it is! I definately love of he master the use of light and set the tone/mood with colours, I love his explosion of shapes  and the armonious symmetry of his compositions.


Last Fashion Illustrator

Antonio Berardi

Antonio Berardi's video

1.Basic biographical information

Born in the UK in 1968 to Sicilian parents, who emigrated to Britain in the 1950s. He developed an interest in fashion at a young age. He studied at the prestigious Central St. Martin's College of Art and Design in London while at the same time working as John Galliano's assistant.  Berardi launched his first professional collection in 1994 (I was two yrs old!😊). 

Berardi was influenced by his mother, whose impeccable ladylike style was a perfect reflection of her personal philosophy.  For her clothing reflected her femininity, propriety, and sense of quality.  Galliano was also a profound influence and mentor, demonstrating the value of intensity and being true to one's personal vision without compromise.

Berardi is known for his "sensual, figure-hugging dresses" and a "striking, classical, dressed-up" style featuring "advanced fabrics and manufacturing techniques." Berardi has an artist's appreciation of the female form and his customers find that his clothes collaborate with the body to enhance their natural curves. Clothing that appears simple on the hanger becomes rhythmically alive on the body. 

2.An analysis of their work, including examples and descriptions

I couldn't find many Berardi's fashion illustrations around the internet, but mostly his dresses creations and catwalks, I have found a lot of students drawing his collections, that's was a bit confusing and I hope I have posted the original ones! (Hope to updated soon with more pictures)

The figures draw by Berardi are feminine and sinuous in poses and gestures. The lines are fine and delicates. The backgrounds are often coloured paper of gentle natural colours, meanwhile, the dresses are coloured in darker tones, the use of colours it's minimal.

The figures are often not centred and slightly out of frame like the paper is too little to hold the entire concept.

The garments are drawn in details, not just impressions of the garments: The dresses are enriched with intricate decorations.

3.What media, techniques and processes do you think they have used?


 I think he uses pencils, charcoals (white), inks and watercolours. The works are clean and tidy, with perfect use of light and shadows.


4.Are there any you would or wouldn't use in your own work?/List things that you would like to try.

I love his collections they are so feminine and beautiful, but I couldn't see so many of his illustration's works, in order to really tell what I like o dislike about his works.

I love the use of whites he does, I have tried myself to apply whites as lights in my drawings, but the results were quite unrealistic.

I love as well the melancholic expressions in the models, at present, my faces are acceptable! I wish I can improve that and maybe even be able to draw different expressions and facial movements!








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