This illustration course is not about trying to copy expert illustrators, it is about being creative and finding studnet's own personal style. Students should think for themselve and harness thier own artistic judgment.
Before classes begin, students look at fashion illustration books and note the huge variety of style and media that fashion illustrators use. They collect a few fashion magazines that they can cut up and destroy and use its images as material for their own illustrations.
They learned to illustrate with mixed media, to understand an illustration is about expressing attitude, highlighting only important features of the designs and expresses personality. It is not necessarily perfect and accurate to the original, but contains still all the information about the character of the design.
The illustration project was an intensive live model drawing class where different techniques where used to create quick and dynamic poses. Incredible outfits created by previous year students were worn by models from Musical Studio LIDUN.
The result of the illustration project was impressive. Everyone began to develop a more free-flowing and effortless style and the benefit of having to draw quickly became apparent. Students began to produce drawings and paintings that were full of emotion, energy and personality rather than just information about the design of the clothing.
The students were also working independently on own illustrations and there they had time to mix media and focus more on details and general composition.
Kristian: One of my favorite illustrations was Vincents cutout collage. To create such a dynamic illustration from a model in 5 min without any drawing is impressive and mimics the spirit of the famous French artist Henry Matisse.
Kristian: Illustrations can sometimes look and feel like paintings and some of my favorites were Cassandra and White. They created amazing paintings with well-judged details, atmosphere and color pallets.