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The Art of Fashion Illustration by Somer Flaherty Tejwani

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Copenhagen, Denmark
Today the borders between the creative fields
are eliminated, creating a bigger audience
and many more possibilities for your work.
THE WIDE VIEW:
WENDY PLOVMAND
Wendy Plovmand uses a technique that she describes as a mix of hand-drawn elements, which
she creates using pen, pencil, and watercolor, and then scans to digitally manipulate in Photo-
shop. Her work begins by researching words and images that she’ll use as reference or inspira-
tion for the piece. She works in layers, adding detail upon detail to create what she describes as
a collage technique. Something unique to her style: She will often incorporate one piece from
a previous work in a current work—creating a symbiotic relationship between her art pieces
and manifesting a kind of family hierarchy.
She likes it when fashion illustration merges with other art styles and techniques—inventing
something new—which could be why her illustrations don’t follow any speciÅc rules regarding
movement or texture. She uses a lot of black and white in her work but likes to discover new
color combinations that surprise her, and enjoys working with certain color palettes such as
pastel colors in one work or almost monochrome colors in another work.
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Wendy Plovmand illustration for Eurowoman.
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InÛmences
Although she describes her signature style as ¹supernatural fairy
tale meets pop meets nature, with a hint of darkness,º Plovmand
has been inspired by some of the leading artists in the pop art
movement including Andy Warhol and Keiichi Tanaami and
she admires younger illustrators like Klaus Haapaniemi and
Kustaa Saksi.
Plovmand created this
piece in Photoshop
on a hand-drawn
watercolor background
for Danish fashion
magazine Eurowoman.
Wendy Plovmand illustration for Eurowoman.
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Good Advice
Plovmand says you need to have a brave and stubborn
soul to achieve success in life as an artist. ¹As an artist and
illustrator you will always feel challenged,º says Plovmand.
¹Lots of times artists have had economical challenges but
somehow with will and good ideas and stubbornness we
have managed. And even now I sometimes have a month
where I think, ‘Hmmm, it would be nice to have a paid
job now,’ and then everything turns around, and suddenly
I need to decline projects because I’m too busy.º
She takes a wider view on what fashion illustration en-
compasses, saying it can be art, graphic design, commu-
nication, textile design, and interior designer. ¹Today the
borders between the creative Åelds are eliminated creating
a bigger audience and many more possibilities for your
work. There is no limit for what you could do with it!º
¹The collage was layered
beneath the pencil
drawing of the women,º
says Plovmand of this
editorial illustration for
Eurowoman.
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