O'Reilly logo

The Art of Fashion Illustration by Somer Flaherty Tejwani

Stay ahead with the world's most comprehensive technology and business learning platform.

With Safari, you learn the way you learn best. Get unlimited access to videos, live online training, learning paths, books, tutorials, and more.

Start Free Trial

No credit card required

Job: 10-42056 Title: RP - Art of Fashion Illustration
11-AC72480 DTP: LY Page: 72
42056 - Art of Fashion Illustration_int_c1.indd 72 11/17/14 3:12 PM 42056 - Art
Text
Lagmna Nigmel, California, USA
THE BEAUTY OF IMPERFECTION:
DANNY ROBERTS
Danny Roberts creates his illustrations using a technique called blind contour, which involves
looking at the paper as little as possible and instead keeping his gaze on the inspiration piece.
He uses pen, ink, watercolors, and mixed media for his illustrations. Roberts is known for the
special quality of his line work. His lines are conÅdent; some play with size—he makes them
thicker or thinner for added dimension—and some play with edges—which are seemingly
invisible or unÅnished, allowing the viewer’s imagination to Åll in the rest. Color is often an
afterthought for Roberts. “For the most part, I think and visualize in black and white,” he says.
“My use of CcolorE is very diٺerent depending on the piece. I usually use it as a tool to highlight
or contrast parts of the piece.”
For the most part, I think and
visualize in black and white.
Danny Roberts, who along with his brother David is the creative team behind Igor +
Andre, began illustrating while in college. In a short time, the native Californians
work has been featured in some of the most elite fashion magazines in the world,
including Teen Vogue, Vogue Italia, Vogue Paris, Vogue Japan, Elle, and Womens Wear Daily.
While still in his twenties, he forged deals with some of the biggest names in fashion,
illustrating a line of Gwen Stefani’s Harajuku Lover’s handbags and forming a part-
nership with Forever 21 that showcased his fashion illustrations of bloggers on T-shirts.
He also worked with IMG Models to illustrate the fresh faces debuting in an upcoming
runway season.
Job: 10-42056 Title: RP - Art of Fashion Illustration
DTP: LY Page: 72
42056 - Art of Fashion Illustration_int.indd 72 10/31/14 3:26 PM 42056 - Art
stration
age: 72
/14 3:12 PM
Job: 10-42056 Title: RP - Art of Fashion Illustration
11-AC72480 DTP: LY Page: 73
42056 - Art of Fashion Illustration_int_c1.indd 73 11/17/14 3:12 PM
stration
age: 72
/14 3:26 PM
73
THE ART OF FASHION ILLUSTRATION | PART 2: THE ICONS
Text
Girls in Glasses An illustration of girls wearing
Chanel glasses that has been adapted for T-shirts.
Job: 10-42056 Title: RP - Art of Fashion Illustration
DTP: LY Page: 73
42056 - Art of Fashion Illustration_int.indd 73 10/31/14 3:26 PM
Job: 10-42056 Title: RP - Art of Fashion Illustration
DTP: LY Page: 74
42056 - Art of Fashion Illustration_int.indd 74 10/31/14 4:25 PM 42056 - Art
Text
Roberts’ pencil, pen, colored pencil, ink, watercolor, and oil paint drawing with clothes from
Marchesa’s Fall 2012 collection.
A Moment in Love A commissioned mural for Tiٺany & Co.
One of the highlights of his
illustration career featured his
work on a much larger scale—lit-
erally. When famed jewelry house
Tiٺany & Co. began building its
SoHo, New Aork store, it com-
missioned Roberts to illustrate
the fatade of the construction site
with a beautiful scene of women
and men dressed in elegant ball
gowns and stylish suits. The
project, which took approximately
133 hours to complete and mea-
sured 15 x 35 feet (4.6 x 10.7 m),
is the largest project Roberts has
worked on.
Job: 10-42056 Title: RP - Art of Fashion Illustration
DTP: LY Page: 74
42056 - Art of Fashion Illustration_int.indd 74 10/31/14 3:26 PM 42056 - Art

With Safari, you learn the way you learn best. Get unlimited access to videos, live online training, learning paths, books, interactive tutorials, and more.

Start Free Trial

No credit card required