Real Housewives of Atlanta, NeNe Leakes, Releases Sketches of New Collection.

Preview sketches from Real Housewives of Atlanta fan favorite NENE LEAKES‘ new fashion collection available July 28.
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More info at http://www.neneleakesofficial.com/story/nene-leakes-collection-coming-soon/

Image courtesy of A. Cole.

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[NEW BOOK] Cutting Edge Fashion Illustration by Erica Sharp

Cutting Edge Fashion Illustration: Step-by-step Contemporary Fashion Illustration – Traditional, Digital and Mixed Media by Erica Sharp  ($17.03) is the go-to resource and inspiration if you’re a budding fashion designer, fashion illustrator or just simply want to learn more illustration techniques.
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Covers all key areas of illustration using traditional, digital and mixed media methods, offering clear advice on how to manage color, textures, patterns and how to create your own fashion portfolio.
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Easy to follow step-by-step tutorials demonstrate each of the techniques, followed by a gallery of inspirational images show how to use each technique in your own illustrations.
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Erica is a fashion illustrator working with key fashion publications in London, UK, one of the world’s leading cities of fashion, so her style is very commercial and current!
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FASHION SKETCH NIGHT Featuring Designer Gabrielle Arruda



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Alexander Wang by Renaldo Barnette

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Medium | Copic Markers

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Fashion Illustration DVD Giveaway


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To kickoff the summer instructional Fashion Drawing Sessions WYRT is giving away a FREE copy of the newly released fashion illustration how-to DVD by Jennifer Lilya titled Fun, Fabulous Fashion Illustrations – Draw and Paint Figures. In this 105 minute DVD Jennifer shows you how to paint fashionable figures in easy to follow demonstrations.
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Jennifer knows how to create stylish images that fashion related companies and publications look to align with. Her client list includes ELLE, WWD, Saks, Bloomingdale’s, Givenchy Parfum, Kate Spade, and Stila Cosmetics among others. This DVD is full of great insider painting tips and techniques for those getting started in fashion illustration. Here’s a preview from the new DVD.
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ENTER TO WIN
To qualify for the FREE DVD giveaway RSVP and attend 1 or more of any Fashion Drawing Session from now thru July 31. In addition, you must upload and share (on Meetup) 1 or more illustrations or photographs from each event you attended. With each additional event you attend, WYRT will add another name/entry into the ‘hat’ on your behalf. Attend 3 events, receive 3 entries into the giveaway. The winner will be selected at random and announced on July 31 to the Meetup group members and on the WYRT Facebook page.
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Fashion Illustration: The Skill Coveted by Top Designers. What the Charles James Exhibit Exposes About the Illustrator VS Designer Dynamic.

Antonio Lopez and Charles James


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The CHARLES JAMES: Beyond Fashion exhibition at the MET will be concluding on August 10. It explores Charles James’ design process, specifically his use of sculptural, scientific, and mathematical approaches to construct revolutionary ball gowns and ability to execute innovative tailoring techniques. The showcase has been well received by the public and press. New York Times heralded the exhibit saying, “Outstanding… a tour de force of masterworks.”
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The MET exhibition has exposed many of James’ fans to his collaborations with fashion illustrator Antonio Lopez (1943-1987). Many fashion outsiders are unaware of the symbiotic relationship between fashion designers and pure illustrators. Exhibition curators, Harold Koda and Jan Giler Reeder, included works by Antonio Lopez for Charles James for a more cumulative narrative. In 1964, a chance meeting between Lopez and James resulted in a collaboration that would last more than 10 years and produce an illustrated record of the clothes James designed. James taught Lopez to appreciate the sculptural quality of clothes, a perspective that had a lasting effect on his drawings.
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“Remember Chanel never Sketched” -Michael Vollbracht, Designer
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Fashion Illustrators VS Fashion Designers
Not all fashion designers can sketch and not all fashion illustrators have the skills to design. Author, Laird Borrelli explained that in her 2008 book titled Fashion Illustration by Fashion Designers. Some designers who were asked to contribute to the book actually declined because they felt their drawings were sub par. Some designers do have the ability to achieve a 1-to-1 translation of their 2D illustrations into a 3D garment. Zang Toi, a New York designer by way of Malaysia, mentioned to Borrelli that, “Almost all of the garments shown on my runway are almost 100% the way they appear in my sketches.”
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Designers go through several incarnations and revision of sketches followed by a patternmaker who interprets the sketches, then draws up a technical sketch. Likewise, many fashion illustrators such as Samantha Hahn, Ellie Rahim, and David Downtown do a fair share of rough sketches and revisions to capture the essence of the garment to sell an idea or communicate a mood or lifestyle. A designer may deliver a great sketch that communicates their idea, but their art is usually stiff and lacks emotion, but a fashion illustrator will capture that emotion with a enticing pose by the model, but neglect to draw where the seams should go for example.
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The buyer or magazine editor looks for a different aesthetic and execution of the clothing being illustrated compared to what a designer wants. However, there are a niche group of talented creatives in the fashion industry who can both illustrate for design-room purposes and hand different versions of their artwork to a magazine editor or a buyer to get them excited about a collection debuting next season.
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Zack Carr and Calvin Klein


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Zack Carr VS Calvin Klein
The fight to control the creative direction of a brand.  If ideas, designs, and the public’s perception of the brand stems from an illustration, then who’s really leading the creative direction? In 2002 there was a book published about a Creative Director for Calvin Klein named Zack Carr (1969-2001). It tells the story of Carr and notes his hand in helping develop the Calvin Klein minimalist look. Calvin relied on Carr’s drawing skills to bring his ideas to life.
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“Zack Carr started as a $250-a-week sketch artist for Calvin Klein.”
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In a 2002 article, then New York Times writer, Cathy Horyn, asked the question, “Who actually was the designer at Calvin Klein all those years, Mr. Klein or Mr. Carr? One of the editors of Carr’s book stated that ”Nobody has to put Calvin Klein down to get Zack’s story out. The proof is in his sketches.”
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Designers who have an innate ability to draw clothes well have always run the risk of upstaging their superiors, then it happens to them – the cycle repeats itself. This was documented in Cathy Horyn’s interview with designer Narciso Rodriguez.
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Narciso Rodriguez recalled that when he was at Calvin Klein, he showed Mr. Carr some sketches he and another assistant had made, but Mr. Carr turned away coldly and wouldn’t speak to them for days. ”Then one morning he came in and said: ‘Y’all’ — he still spoke in a Texas accent — ‘Y’all, I just want to say, I hate you. I’m so jealous. I cannot believe the power I see in your sketches. I hate you both.’
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The Battle to Control the Concept
Industry insiders have occasionally made note of the steady battle and upstaging through fashion illustration in design houses and magazine outlets.  In the minds of buyers and editors, when artists take extended breaks from practicing their craft, or make abrupt changes to their illustration style and mediums used, it often jeopardizes the artist’s perceived creative value and ability to seem compatible with the brand’s aesthetic. Izak Zenou, current and long time fashion illustrator for Henri Bendel, has drastically changed his style, but did a gradual change over the years.
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Even if an applicant for a creative position at a design house is just ‘pushing paper’ their portfolios are carefully reviewed. Whoever controls the initial or final illustration highly influences the brand’s direction and market perception, so it’s carefully managed by also requiring creatives to adhere to illustration style standards. See the media outlets’ coverage of designer inspirations and preview sketches for New York Fashion Week as a perfect example of illustration style standards that are maintained year after year.
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by Renaldo Barnette


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Ralph Lauren Illustrator, Renaldo Barnette
Ralph Lauren Illustrator and Designer, Renaldo Barnette, is one of the few people who has mastered both disciplines of pure fashion illustration and illustration for design purposes and has been teaching it for over a decade. He teaches a special class open to the general public during the summer that’s tailored for fashion illustrators and designers.
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Fresh out of college Barnette became an assistant to American-born designer Patrick Kelly, for his Paris-based ready-to-wear women’s lines; illustrated for several major labels; and served as Design Director at Ralph Lauren Dresses, Yansi Fugel, and A Line by Anne Klein.  He has had to adapt and adhere to the illustration standards set by different companies as an illustrator and has dictated his design ideas as a Design Director.
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Runway Fashion Illustrator, Danielle Meder, summed up Barnette’s rare expertise best by saying,
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“His strength as a designer is ideas and details that are wearable and also clever; and as a renderer he shows his abilities with the art marker. This image seems to be only lightly colour corrected – all four figures were drawn directly on one page, using a media that allows no second chances. These pages seems effortless, as if the designer was just carelessly jotting down his ideas.”
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Drawing to Conclusion
To bring things full circle, both fashion illustrator and designer will always be in awe of the other person’s skill. Like Antonio (who dabbled in designing accessories), the new generation of fashion illustrators are making a name for themselves. Artists such as Dallas Shaw, Jamie Lee Reardin, Pippa McManus, and Hayden Williams are teaming up with designers, retailers, and makeup companies and becoming recognizable names while marketing and branding themselves just like their clients.
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There are even artists like Justine Limpus Parish who are one of Antonio Lopez’s “Legacy Teachers” which consist of fashion illustrators who took workshops led by Antonio and continue teaching his methods. And like Charles James, many of today’s designers such as Oscar de la Renta, Armani, Valentino, KOTUR by Fiona Kotur, Cesar Galindo, and Ashleigh Verrier among many others, still utilize and embrace the power of fashion illustration.

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Winners of the Coco & Breezy Fashion Illustration Collaboration

Coco and Breezy Posing for Fashion Illustrators

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The results are in!  3 artists were selected by eyewear designers Coco & Breezy as part of an exclusive t-shirt and tote bag collaboration which will be available to purchase on their website and at WYRT later this year.
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Coco & Breezy joined us at Ripley-Grier Studios in April to pose for a group of 20 illustrators to capture them styled in their signature looks and accessorized with sunglasses from their latest collection.  The fashion illustrations Coco & Breezy selected for their collaboration are by Clifford Faust with (Top Honors), Sara Jean-Baptiste, and Denise Elnajjar.
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Coco & Breezy by Clifford Faust

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Coco & Breezy by Sara Jean-Baptiste

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Coco by Denise Elnajjar

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Mara Cespon featured in Nu-Mode Magazine

Nu-Mode Magazine #10

Mara Cespon  |  Portfolio

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Fashion Sketch Night Featuring Designer Cesar Galindo

Jennifer (model), Cesar Galindo, Dayna (model)

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The designs of Cesar Galindo were recently featured at Fashion Sketch Night at the Society of Illustrators. Fashion illustrators drew the Fall ‘14 collection titled Altered States which was inspired by the effect technology has on our lifestyles and the way we dress. This collection was presented at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week at Lincoln Center.
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Curator, Brandon Graham, sat down with Galindo and discussed his career designing corsets and period costumes for The Miami City Ballet and The Houston Grand Opera followed by his design positions at Dolce & Gabbana, Calvin Klein Collection, and L.A.M.B. by Gwen Stefani.
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After 22 years of designing for private clients, established labels, and his signature collection titled CESAR GALINDO, he then launched CZAR by Cesar Galindo in 2011 – a younger more sophisticated version of his signature collection. Femininity, social occasion dresses, architecturally draped hems and necklines, and a rich color palette are inherent of Galindo and remains present in both ready-to-wear collections.
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We met up with Galindo a day after the event and he said he had such a fun time at Society of Illustrators and is looking forward to seeing everyone’s artwork. If you want to share your artwork from the event please send it to us by Saturday, May 24 and we’ll make sure your artwork gets delivered to Cesar. Give us a day or two to confirm receipt of your artwork.
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The talented Janis Salek stopped by to draw with us that night and sent WYRT some beautifully illustrated designs by Cesar Galindo.
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by Janis Salek

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See more photos and illustrations from the event here.

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Fashion Illustrator Jamie Lee Reardin & Actress Emily Blunt Attend Dior Beauty Event


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Dior Beauty Operation Smile Luncheon 2014

Fashion Illustrator Jamie Lee Reardin (L) and actress Emily Blunt attend the Dior Beauty Operation Smile Luncheon at Sunset Tower in West Hollywood, California.
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Photo by Stefanie Keenan/WireImage

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