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Guest Book Review, by Fashion Designer Brandon Graham

July 27, 2010

Fashion Illustration Exposed. Edited by Julia Stanescu.

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It’s great to have a book tailored to the subject of fashion illustration.  Hats off to Julia for bringing together a collection of artists who take the time out to do what they do best and are willing to share their knowledge with others. Reading this inspired me to try new techniques and keep pushing my art. Honestly, I’ve never liked painting my fashion illustrations because there’s no Edit > Undo button.  Sometimes I say to myself, “It’s so hard to correct mistakes when you paint so why bother.”  I know it’s not true, but it gives me an excuse to keep doing what I’ve been doing and not take the chance of ruining a good line illustration.

I was encouraged by the opening tutorial by Maryanne Oliver. She explained how to build your painting in layers so you get the look you want, and easy ways to make adjustments if you don’t get the desired effect. Not only did she break down the type of pens and brushes she uses, she also gave inspirational creative advice like, “Remember, don’t be afraid of making mistakes!  There are no mistakes in art!”

Fashion Illustration Exposed. Edited by Julia Stanescu.

fashionILLUSTRATIONexposedPIC

It’s great to have a book tailored to the subject of fashion illustration.  Hats off to Julia for bringing together a collection of artists who take the time out to do what they do best and are willing to share their knowledge with others. Reading this inspired me to try new techniques and keep pushing my art. Honestly, I’ve never liked painting my fashion illustrations because there’s no Edit > Undo button.  Sometimes I say to myself, “It’s so hard to correct mistakes when you paint so why bother.”  I know it’s not true, but it gives me an excuse to keep doing what I’ve been doing and not take the chance of ruining a good line illustration.

I was encouraged by the opening tutorial by Maryanne Oliver. She explained how to build your painting in layers so you get the look you want, and easy ways to make adjustments if you don’t get the desired effect. Not only did she break down the type of pens and brushes she uses, she also gave inspirational creative advice like, “Remember, don’t be afraid of making mistakes!  There are no mistakes in art!”

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