When I was at University in Argentina, my classmates and I used to do our research wherever we could. The internet was just starting, and downloading an image could take ages. Sometimes a student or a teacher would bring an inspiring catalogue or book about graphic design or advertising from their trips to America or Europe and we would be allowed to have a look.
Many things happened after uni. I won a scholarship to Europe as a graphic designer. I travelled a lot. And on my way back to Argentina someone I met gave me a present. An art book. It was Fashion Illustration Now by Laird Borrelli. A collection of top illustrators from around the world. I remember thinking... I would love to do this. I want to draw for a living. l left London that year as a graphic designer and I came back a few months later as an illustrator. A new role that I had zero idea about how to start, but I felt hopeful.
I started working soon after my decision but it took me more than two years and a few printed editorials to finally feel safe to say I'm an illustrator. Some stuff could be part of the day job, but for me being invited to participate in Illustration Now! Fashion by Taschen is literally a wish come true. Ax Illustration Now! Fashion: Featuring 90 Contemporary Fashion Illustrators Styled by hand, this title features the many incarnations of illustration in the world of fashion. Every dress begins with a drawing, every skirt with a sketch. Illustration is integral to fashion design not only as a means of expression, and the starting point of every design, but also for patterns and prints as well as magazine editorial illustrations. Often, artists will even illustrate the newest looks directly from the catwalks. It's high time we celebrated fashion illustration in our Illustration Now! series: here you'll find new work from over 90 artists around the globe, including Ruben Toledo, Aurore de La Morinerie, Bil Donovan, Tanya Ling, and Jean-Philippe Delhomme. The book features quotes by experts from the fashion world: Valentino compliments the work of Gladys Perint Palmer; voices out of the studios of Maison Martin Margiela, Christian Dior, Louis Vuitton, and H&M add their praise for the talents in the book. Following an introduction by illustration expert Steven Heller, the historical essay by art and fashion historian Adelheid Rasche provides an in-depth exploration of the subject. Looking back to the 17th century, she draws a timeline of fashion illustration until today, accompanied by images such as an early etching by Francois Watteau, a drawing by Paul Iribe for the book of the famous Parisian couturier Paul Poiret, and illustrations by the highly acclaimed masters of modern fashion illustration Rene Gruau and Antonio Lopez as well as, from the later generation, Mats Gustafson, Francois Berthoud and me. More illustrations atwww.adrianvalencia.com Follow me on Twitter,Facebook and Tumblr for updates Now I'm also on Pinterest!
I tell you what... It's not easy to hold an Ipad and draw at the same time. So sorry in advance if it's a little shaky. I always enjoy drawing while a song is playing in the background and I wanted to share it with you. Today is Lenka - Skipalong... Ax
I love Summer and what a joy it is to be part of Oma Tees 2013/14 Brazil Summer collection. You can have a look at my illustrated dresses and T-shirts collection here www.omatees.com.br Take me to the beach!!! Ax
There is nothing like seeing your name in Japanese lettering! All the way from Tokyo, "New Illustrators File" is an extensive catalogue type book that features around 100 illustrators, and is one of the main references in the Japanese market. They have brought together various distinct artworks by illustrators who have gathered world-wide recognition, and by young hopefuls. New Illustrators File vol.11 is out now! NEW Illustrators File is published by Art Box International INC. More illustrations at www.adrianvalencia.com
On Sunday July 14th for the first time in 100 years Nightingale Lane will be closed for traffic 'Between the Commons' of Clapham and Wandsworth for a day to allow residents and locals to meet and enjoy our local environment. It's also the last Sunday of my solo exhibition at Sloupe Gallery. There only a few original pieces left and to add to the celebration I'll be exhibiting artist proof colour prints. All artwork is for sale and you'll be able to take it home on the same day. I'll be at the Gallery from 11:30 till 13:00. Just pop in, have a drink and say hi. It will be lovely to meet you. These pictures are just examples of what will be exhibited.
See you on Sunday!!! Ax
This is an initiative supported by Wandsworth Council as part of their Summer Streets Programme but run by local people. All fundraising on the day will benefit the pupils of Oak Lodge School for Deaf Children. Your support will help fund a breakfast club and buy specialist electronic equipment. Thank you Follow me on Twitter, Facebook and Tumblr for updates. Now I'm also on Pinterest!
Your friends think you are adorable and you shouldn't spend another weekend on your own. They think they have the right person for you. Someone from work. They will fix you on a date.A date from hell, where the only point in common with your date is, that both of you are still single. Ax This illustration was commissioned by InStyle Germany More illustrations atwww.adrianvalencia.com Follow me on Twitter,Facebook and Tumblr for updates Now I'm also on Pinterest!