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The Art of Fashion Illustration by Somer Flaherty Tejwani

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Imeensland, Amstralia
While at art school Sarah Beetson was initially using a number of techniques to create her
work, none of which she was in love with. During life-drawing classes, students were taught the
blind contour drawing technique, in which the artist places the pen or pencil on the paper and
looks at the subject, drawing ¹blindlyº without taking his or her eyes from the subject. ¹This
technique can be totally haphazard with moments of clarity, a mess of abstract lines with a
perfect hand or eye within it,º she says. ¹I decided to combine this technique with a number
of other materials and styles I liked to work with, and hence my style was born.º
Beetson begins an illustration by creating a background. She works on paper, wood, photo-
graphic prints, or fabric and often uses spray paint, tissue paper, or collage techniques for the
background. She creates the line work of the piece using Pilot G Tec C pens. ¹The rest is a
combination of an exhaustive list of materials which I am constantly adding to, but often in-
cludes acrylic gouache, markers, gel pens, crayon, stickers, vintage magazine clippings, beads,
and sequins.º
Unlike some illustrators who prefer black and white, Beetson is drawn to color and says it is the
most fundamentally important element that drives her to create illustrations. She favors bright
hues, pastels, and neon colors.
Keep moving forward.
NEVER GIVING UP:
SARAH BEETSON
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THE ART OF FASHION ILLUSTRATION | PART 1: THE EMERGING MASTERS
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Erdem ¹This piece
was commissioned by
The British Fashion
Council to promote
their Fashion Forward
award. Nominees
for the award that
year were Erdem,
Roksanda Ilincic,
Christopher 3ane,
and Marios Schwab.
I got to choose one
look from each of
their collections
to illustrate,º says
Sarah Beetson, who
used a variety of
media including pen,
spray paint, acrylic
gouache, markers,
crayons, and stickers.
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Exotically Moleskin paper, pen,
spray paint, acrylic gouache,
stickers, postage stamps. ¹This
piece is from a series of personal
work that celebrates the work of
2ohn Galliano at Dior.º
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