I'm so excited to share with you my recent fashion illustration feature in the latest Vision Magazine. Vision Magazine is an Australian luxury fashion publication that is bridges Eastern and Western cultures. Since the magazine is only available in Australia , I posted the full article here so my non Aussie readers can have a chance to read the feature as well. We discussed the ins and outs of fashion illustration, my inspirations and art background . Happy Reading!
" Fashion illustrator Laura Kay, has collaborated with Christian Louboutin, Lord & Taylor, Chico's and many other well-known international fashion companies. Her illustration was published on Vogue and Vanity Fair. she was commended as one of “5 Must-Follow Fashion Illustrators on Instagram”
Laura has a rich experience of working in different arrays of illustration including custom fashion illustration and custom portraits. “Most of my work is commissioned art. I create custom fashion illustrations and portraits for individuals and businesses alike. I’ve worked with Lord &Taylor, Chico’s, CBS Studios and Uniqlo USA to name a few. I don’t recall the first commission I’ve ever received, but it all started when I put up my first custom portrait listing in my Etsy shop. From there it all snowballed quickly into what I do full time today.”
With great reputation today, readers may wonder how Laura developed her amazing skills and her education background. She answered, “I am mostly self taught, having art run deep in my genes. I never believed I could become a full time fashion illustrator, so I went to college to major in graphic and multimedia design. I took many design classes there, but only two in art and drawing. I actually missed the day we focused on fashion illustration. The professor was super sweet, and the next class she gave me a mini crash course on the lesson I missed. Until today I still use many of the amazing techniques she gave me in those few moments. At the same time I was enrolled in an art correspondence school to add credits to my art minor."
Laura believes Fashion is a form of art; “I’m in love with fashion. An illustrator uses pencils, paints and markers to expresses their art and a designer uses fabrics. I am constantly inspired by the latest fashion shows, street style, award shows, red carpets and the like. I also believe that fashion is inspired by art, so the two are very interconnected.” Laura said.
To become a famous illustrator is not an easy process, although Laura is already super at what she does, she still has people to look up to and admire: the sisters of fashion and art, Megan and Kerrie Hess. “I think their work is super! I also love the work of Ruben Toledo and David Downton.”
Back in the old days, fashion designers used pens and pencils to illustrate fashion, then moved to using cameras and photographs. Nowadays, illustration is mostly edited on screen. With the evolution over the years, we may ask "how would illustration be like in the future?" Laura expressed:
“I think the style of fashion illustration has become a lot looser, less detailed and more about the movement and strokes. Fashion illustration is thankfully really having it’s come back. There are fashion illustrations appearing in fashion campaigns, on designer websites and fashion magazines. I don’t know what the future holds, but truly hope this trend will stay for the long haul.”
With passion for illustration, Laura loves what she is doing now. “Art is part of my makeup, I need to draw, it’s like breathing for most people. Art also brings me joy and It’s the way I express myself best, hence the name for my brand Diary Sketches. "
Please view more about Laura on www.diarysketches.com "
Hope you enjoyed!