Jiiakuann is a Perth-based fashion illustrator. I saw their pieces on a blog post about the growth of men's fashion illustration and I was instantly attracted. Upon further research, I realized that Jiiakuann had a very cool tumblr, but no actual website and I could not find out their gender, age, awards, studies, artists statements- nothing. I was really surprised by this but I definitely think the work stands on its own and does not need much more than to display the image.
Jiiakuann is a fashion illustrator but there is an enticing expressiveness to the pieces. The black and white ink drawings are very stylized and graphic and the watercolors are similarly striking and visually intriguing. I adore the line quality in both of these media. Jiiakuann is able to combine being realistic and being highly expressive and stylized. I have tried repeatedly to do this and I appreciate how difficult this is. Their use of watercolor and pen are two materials that I prefer to work with and their use in these pieces is really inspiring. I would like to work on bring that expressiveness back into my work, but with slightly different materials.
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