POST 3: Petra Dufkova

Petra Dufkova

Hailing from the Czech Republic, Petra studied in Germany at the International Fashion School Esmond. While she was still a student, she won a Best Illustration Award at China Fashion Week.

Illustrator Petra Dufkova’s use of watercolour gives a romantic contrast to the sharp lines favoured in her sketches. Not typecasting her subject to the female form, Dufkova looks to everyone and everywhere for her inspiration, including the past.

Her moodier work based around taupe, beige and dark grey showcase her artistic versatility; too many illustrators focus on the lighter side of life. Her black on white illustrations portray the darker, more emotional. The series that focuses on facial portraits and palm trees reminds me of the under-side of Hollywood, the un-publicised, shadier side of celebrity.

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She is probably best known for her modern style of painting, which is unbelievably well executed. The edges look so sharp it could almost be vector!

What I loved most about Dufkova’s work are the unfinished outlines, areas of completely empty space sometimes even lacking in colour but it adds to the image rather than making it look unfinished.

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post 3 Stina Persson

Stina Persson


Stina Persson is an illustrator that works in a variety of mediums such as watercolour, paper-cut, acrylics and inks. Her typography is luscious and exciting, so definitely take a look on the dedicated page at her website. What is liked mostly about her work is that she knows when to exercise control and when to show a bit more freedom; you can see this comes naturally for her.


Stina was born in Sweden in 1972, and has lived and studied in Tokyo, Florence and New York. Today, she is living in Stockholm, Sweden.


Her style has both a vivid and elegant feel. As she fuses the traditional with the edgy to introduce a modern look to illustration.


Stina says the ultimate goal with her work “is making the ugly prettier and the beautiful a little edgier.”


She creates her work by hand; using inks, watercolor dyes and colored pencils, and sometimes Mexican cut paper.The work is then scanned, and given a digital touch-up that makes original and glamorous fashion paintings with a sixties touch


Her Clients consist of Absolut Vodka, Nike, Godiva Chocolatier, Macy’s Department Stores, Bloomingdale’s, Penguin Books, Sony Music, Uniqlo, Rimmel, Urban Decay, Target, 2K T-shirts, Harper’s Bazaar Japan, Elle UK, Marie Claire, Amica, Flaunt Magazine, Squint, Biba, Jane Magazine, etc

Raphael Vicenzi – fashion illustrator


Raphael Vicenzi is a self-taught illustrator from Brussels, Belgium. He has a very interesting style and technique, especially with his lines and colors. He includes an element of fashion in his illustrations and this lends a unique sense of appeal to his work. His illustrations are an inspiration and it was a pleasure to know more about him and his work.

how he got started and where he did his training:

It was by mistake and I am self-taught. I thought I would be a graphic designer or web designer but it wasn’t my cup of tea. I realized that I was doing illustration instead and I kept doing just that. I am a late bloomer. Honestly, I never thought I would make it, there were times where I wanted to give it all up because I wasn’t that good. I am still learning.

work as an illustrator – daily life?

Well I live a pretty boring life but I like it. I wake up early and after a while I start to work on commissions or personal illustrations. I am constantly working, even if I am not on the computer, my mind is geared towards finding a new idea or seeing colours and patterns everywhere.

What tools/techniques he  use’s  in creating your illustrations?

I scan a lot of watercolours, doodles, textures and then I work the whole in PS, with very few effects, PS brushes, masks, layer modes and that’s nearly it. I found that by limiting myself in this way I could work better and just try to get to the core of an idea. I admire people who possess great painting techniques though.

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struggle or  difficulty in coming up with a concept?

Sometimes it’s more that I have all these ideas but I can’t pull them out of my head in a nice way. The more I struggle to do something within a strict deadline the less it will be natural and it will feel forced. That does not mean that there is no hard work before but there is a tipping point where it all comes together. I don’t cope well with the creative block, I just clench my teeth until it’s over.

his role of fashion in his drawings?  important element in his work?

I don’t know, it just made sense to me to use the fashion imagery and turn it into something else. I do appreciate how some fashion designers and photographers pay attention to details and create something really unique, despite that there are a lot of things that are really terrible in the fashion industry, especially how it impacts younger girls in making them believe that it’s the only ideal for femininity. I guess I had to take it all back somehow, put glitter and bones where they belong and give it a new more personal and intimate meaning.

how he formed his signature style?

Step by step and very slowly but I was not aware of it. I don’t even really think that I have a signature style because to me it always evolves but within certain constrains. I think it all comes down to assimilate influences and making them mine somehow.

his Inspirations:

A lot, I’ll name a few, Tom Bagshaw, Banksy, Daniel Egneus, Stina Persson, David Foldvari, Muscha and on and on…

Fashion Illustration – Nadia Flower

Nadia Flower - Watercolour/Mixed

Nadia Flower – Nylon Magazine

Nadia Flower’s beautiful illustration work is defined by the fragile, delicate, yet graphic & strong elements exhibited in each of her artworks. The combination of hand-drawn & computer-based imagery are key components to her work. Nadia works across a variety of mediums combining hand-drawn & computer-based imagery; from fine art painting to fashion & textile, as well as pure illustration for the editorial & advertising markets.

Residing in New Zealand, Nadia offers her creativity to clients all around the world; incorporating vector work, watercolour & even type design. She has appeared in group exhibitions & book publications in Australia, Tokyo & the United States. Her illustrations are playful, sensual & almost illusive, as they exist in the space where dreams, fantasies & fashion collide.

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Nadia has recently completed a commission for in which she illustrated a variety of perfume bottles & her interpretation of their scents emerging from the bottles. She was given complete freedom which allowed her to express her creative talents to the fullest. Furthermore she has released her own stationery range in New Zealand.

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VOGUE CHINA:  Nadia decorated a piece in the magazine to illustrate the floral dresses trend at the time.

GHD:  Nadia designed packaging for a set of Limited Edition black & white gloss stylers. The white pack featured an assortment of “pure” elements (angels, stars & flowers), whereas the accompanying pack featured an assortment of “dark” elements (devils, snakes & serpents).

BOURJOIS: Nadia’s graphics were commissioned by wonder agency Talents Only in Paris. The illustrations for the Bourjois advertising campaign were displayed in pages of the magazine & at points of sale within stores.

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Clients of Nadia Flower include:
– (UK)
–  Lily Allen/BBC (UK)
–  Fornarina (IT)
–  Nylon magazine
–  GHD hair straighteners
–  Coca-Cola (UK)
–  Glamour magazine (UK)
–  Saatchi & Saatchi (AUS)
–  Marie Claire (UK)
–  Katharine Hamnett (UK)
–  Yen magazine (AUS)
–  Graniph (Japan)
–  Waitrose (UK)
–  David Jones (AUS)
–  Daily Telegraph
–  Zoe and Morgan

Information Sources:
–  Nadia Flower – Advertisements & Marketing
–  Interview with Nadia Flower
–  Nadia Flower – Facebook
–  Nadia Flower – Client List & Contact Details
–  Nadia Flower – Online Store

Post 3 – Rene Gruau

René Gruau (4th February 1909 – 31st March 2004) was part of the change in the fashion industry through art that represented the designs created by designers in the industry.  His career began in the 1940’s and lasted seven decades.  Even after the camera took over, Gruau still was requested for work as his artwork captured the moment unlike any photo could.

Gruau lady hat     Gruau lady ribbon

Gruau was one of the favorites of the haute couture world during the 1940’s and 1950’s working with an array of “high-style” magazines.  He later became the favourite for fashion houses Christian Dior, Balenciaga, Yves Saint Laurent, Lanvin, Hermes, Givenchy and many more.  Many of Gruau’s artworks are hung in Paris and Italy’s art museums and numerous galleries hold exhibitions of his work throughout the world.  His creativity and skill of being able to express his image and message with simple brush strokes and blocks of colour was pure genius.  He used the negative space in his images so effortlessly.

Gruau lady lying

Gruau’s artwork is timeless and it has been said Gruau is regarded as the father of modern advertising.

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“René GRUAU loved women. With great humour, he defines Glamour and Sensuality by revealing the feminine universe – made of luxury, frivolity, futility and narcissism – as the most natural thing in the world…” (

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Laura Laine is a Helsinki based illustrator.

Born in Finland in 1983.

She studied fashion design at the University of Art & Design Helsinki and

after completing her studies became a full-time freelance illustrator & teacher.


Her charming ethereal illustrations are predominantly hand drawn in black and white giving them a dark but hauntingly beautiful feeling.

They have an eccentric flavour, with burtonesque figures in twisted body positions that give a sense of motion with their flowing tendrils of lavish hair.


The detailed fine work is achieved by using a combination of pencils, inks & markers and the final touches are applied in photoshop.


Laura Laine has created many drawings for magazine advertisements such as:

GQ, Elle girl, The New Yorker, NY times magazine, Pap magazine, The Guardian, Vogue Japan & Germany, Sephora and some of clients include: Zara, Tommy Hilfiger, H & M, Iben Hoej, Daniel Palillo, and Escada.

Laura has also exhibited in London, New York, San Francisco, Los Angeles & Helsinki.


To sum up how she describes her own style:

“My drawing style is something I’m not so conscious about, I just do what I feel like at the moment.’”

“For me the most important ingredient for being a fashion illustrator is a sense of wonder.”




Post 3: Hiroshi Tanabe – Fashion Illustrator

 Hiroshi Tanabe 



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            Hiroshi Tanabe was born in Kanagawa, Japan.

After graduating with a degree in Graphic Design, Tanabe went to Milan study Fine Arts and Sculpture. While in Italy he came to focus more on illustrations.

Hiroshi’s illustrations are both unique and vibrant, they reflect the graphic clean line work of the traditional Japanese woodcuts. The effect he achieves is a combination of old-world beauty with a modernity unparalleled in fashion and beauty illustration today.


Hiroshi’s illustrations are held in public and private collections including NY society of illustrators, American Illustration, Communication Arts, and The Society of Publication Designers and Print. His work was selected for Lurzers Archive’s Premier Commercial Illustration Annual 1999. In 1994 he earned world acclaimed British Vogues esteemed Vogue/Sotheby’s Beaton Award for Fashion Illustration.


Also having published two books of his works, the first being the award winning “Blue Mode”in 1998, then “#2″in 2003. He was able to for once fully express himself 100%  in personal workwithout the constraints of theme, concept or category.

        Hiroshi Tanabe keeps a busy schedule now, with commissions from clients including Stussy, Anna Sui, Shiseido, GAP, Brithish Vogue, Sony,The New York Times, The New Yorker, Le Sportsac, Harpers Bazaar and Rolling Stone to name a few.