Sara Stode ‘The Art of London Fashion Week’

 

 

 

 

Sara stode

Tell us about your illustrations?

 

I am a freelance illustrator from Stockholm, Sweden who recently moved to lovely and creative East London where I've found a lot of new inspiration! I do realist fashion and beauty illustrations for magazines, blogs, ad agencies etc. I am trained in fine art which is also reflected in the illustrations; I like nice line work paired with clearly defined light and shadow shapes. Most of my work is done in pencil and watercolour before I scan it and layer everything in Photoshop.

 

You create beautiful illustrations of world re-known designers – what is it that inspires you to draw them?

 

My recent series of fashion designer portraits was inspired by this year's London Fashion Week. Where a lot of the focus is on what's new and cool, be it new collections or up and coming designers, I thought it would be nice to pay tribute to some of the more experienced creatives out there. Draw the faces behind the big brands. For them to stay on top of their game all these years is worth celebrating! I like doing portraits. Every face has a story to tell and hopefully I am conveying some part of it in my drawings.

 

How long have you been drawing for?

 

I have been drawing for as long as I can remember. My father used to do oil paintings and tried to teach me and my sister the beauty of art from when we were very young. (I never got into the oil painting though, I just don't have the patience!) I always liked to draw but didn't take it very seriously until I discovered my passion for portraits. Drawing is really about learning a certain way of seeing things and I can remember that realisation coming to me when I was about 14 years old. I would say I'm pretty much self taught even though I have attended a few different art schools over the years. The one that I got the most out of was The Florence Academy of Art where I feel like I really understood the technical aspects of drawing. There's an academic side to me that appreciates rules and logic and I was happy to find that it can be applied to drawing as well.

 

What are you future ambitions?

 

I hope I'll be able to keep doing illustrations for a living for as long as it makes me happy. I love collaborating with other creative people on different projects, so hopefully I'll be doing more of that too – all over the world! Also, having a nice big solo exhibition in a fancy art gallery wouldn't hurt!

 

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