We certainly think so. This week's inspiration is an up-and-coming illustrator that knows how to paint outside the lines both literally and figuratively. With features in Martha Stewart Living and WWD, Alessandra De Gregorio doesn't follow the rules and that's why we love her work. The first thing you notice looking at her illustrations is her unique architectural style. She uses freehand straight lines to create sharp edges that capture the unexpected movement of each clothing item. There is something so grand about how her illustrated figures stand, their body language exuding confidence with a busy, city-girl feel. There's a futuristic aspect in the way Alessandra illustrates, but what sets her apart from the rest is her ability to bring it all together with great classic craftsmanship. She captured our attention this week and got us thinking about the importance of fashion illustration. A craft that has been overshadowed by huge technological advancement but which is also making somewhat of a comeback. We think learning how to illustrate by hand is the most important step in developing your creative process. The tactile aspect of illustrating by hand is simply irreplaceable. Touching the paper and seeing each line and color come to life creates a deep connection between the artist and his/her work. What do you think?
Here are some of our favorites from Alessandra's collection!
Illustrated by Alessandra De Gregorio