Towards the end of the twentieth century fashion illustration had become a rare sight but since the late nineties several fashion illustrators have re-entered the world of glossy magazines and advertising, sometimes even making it onto the covers. Downton is among this select group and his work reflects the craft of his predecessors in a totally contemporary way.

David Downton combines two of the great characteristics of fashion illustrators: an extraordinary ability to eliminate line and a love of beautiful women. When drawing a model – say Catherine Deneuve or Amanda Harlech – his pen swiftly imparts the salient features to paper with no wasted flourishes. He clearly establishes a rapport with his subject, his semi-abstract line ...

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