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The Art of Fashion Illustration by Somer Flaherty Tejwani

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Job: 10-42056 Title: RP - Art of Fashion Illustration
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Brooklyn, New York, USA
DESTINED FOR ILLUSTRATION:
AUTUMN WHITEHURST
Whitehurst’s labor-intensive process starts with pencil sketches to generate ideas and with
thorough research on the Internet, but the bulk of her work is created with a stash of modern
digital tools. She will create a tight sketch in Illustrator and then play with the pose, propor-
tions, and composition. “I ask my clients to make any major revisions at this point because
once I bring the vector Åle into Photoshop to render diٺerent elements, it’s a tremendous
amount of work to make changes.”
Her client list is as diverse as the restaurant Sapporo and the Principality of Monaco, but the
pieces that are dearest to her are the ones she has done for the Telegraph Magazine. She says:
“The illustrations have to be turned out fairly quickly because the magazine is a weekly, so I
really had to streamline my eٺorts, and have learned a lot from working in these circumstances.”
Honestly, I think sometimes that
I create the illustrations only to
provide me with an opportunity
to work with color, it’s the thing
that I enjoy most about my work.
Frizzillionaire
is a beauty illustration
about the frustrations
of frizzy hair.
Autumn Whitehurst was destined to be a fashion illustrator—although the Brooklyn–
based artist admits she wasn’t particularly focused on becoming one at Årst. After
putting together a small selection of images and posting them on an online portfolio
site, the work began to Ånd her.
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Have fun with color. “I’ve yet to push it far enough, though.
The way that the colors in a palette, or the lack of them, are
used helps determine how we engage with the image. At the
moment I’m really enjoying colors that are acidic, tart, or dry.”
“My boyfriend and I share the studio,” says Autumn Whitehurst of her
illustration workspace. “The studio looks really peaceful, but the building is
Æanked by a construction company and a distribution warehouse, so there
are a lot of trucks beeping and engines idling.”
Lux is a self-promotion piece about luxury.
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Balmain is an illustration
created for an article about
an iconic Balmain dress.
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