So I've been really intrigued by fashion illustration recently because I love fashion and I love the variance I am seeing across so many major illustrators. One illustrator who is a leader in the business and one of my favorites in Richard Haines.
He lives in Brooklyn but is one of the most successful and sought after menswear illustrators in the world. He worked as a fashion designer for a ton of major labels so he knows the business extraordinarily well and has honed his eye over the years for someone who can pull themselves together and look fantastic, no matter their budget. It is really important to me to look like you put some effort into yourself pulled together a solid outfit and you can look damn good no matter the price of the clothes you're wearing. It makes fashion accessible to everyone, but also difficult enough that you can be unique.
His work has blended the line between fashion illustration and fine art. He has had solo shows in world renowned galleries in Manhattan since he is one of the major players in that genre.
He usually just draws people he sees on the street, but is also found drawing at fashion shows and around global fashion centers. His work is also not purely superficial, which is why I love his pieces and why he is so marketable and so successful. While fashion drives his work and is what attracts him to his subjects, his work is intimately and sentimentally connected to the people behind the style, whether they are models or people on the street. The people wearing the clothes are what inform his renderings and make them special and also allow him to connect fine art and fashion illustration.
He has become hugely successful due to his unique take on menswear illustration. His work is featured in major magazines and he created iconic artwork used in Prada campaigns. His biggest success though, is his blog, What I Saw Today, which is a huge collection of his pieces. He cranks out a few each day, depending.
I adore his work. Like I said, I have been really intrigued by fashion illustration recently because it connects clothing, which is really important to me and which I think should be really important to everyone else, and art. I think that fashion illustration is super marketable, if you are good at it, and allows you to bridge two major worlds that are constantly trying, but sometimes struggling, to interact. Fashion illustration restricts the subject matter, but as a result, I think it forces the artist to really push their creativity and their mark. I am in love with Richard Haines's mark. I find it intriguing and unique, but also relaxed and honest. I can see Richard in his drawings which I think is incredibly important and I would like that to be present in my own work.
He has a fabulous blog:
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