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Bil Donovan

Admiring the loose broad brush strokes and bright colors of fashion illustrator Bil Donovan. Since 2009 he has served as the first artist-in-residence for Christian Dior Beauty. He is also considered one of the most prolific and esteemed fashion and lifestyle illustrators working today. On an interview with Philly.com he tells us a little bit about himself and his work:

“Every summer, the Broadway Movie Theater would donate free tickets for the children in the neighborhood to see matinee films. Most of the films were reruns ranging from comedies to horror. Occasionally, a fashion drama would play and during one matinee I saw “Sabrina” with Audrey Hepburn.”

“There is a moment in the film when Ms. Hepburn seems to glide across the ballroom in a Givenchy gown. I wanted to create that moment again, not through the lens of a camera or on a dress form, but through my passion, drawing.  That moment was my epiphany, and the genesis of my becoming a fashion illustrator.”

“In my quest to keep exploring, I am always looking for a new medium to incorporate into my work. I was approached by Winsor & Newton to experiment with the brand’s new Pigment Markers. I was thrilled, as I only use Winsor & Newton brushes and gouache in my work so this was a wonderful coincidence. I am now working on images on site in NYC with the Pigment Markers for the Winsor & Newton Colour Your City campaign and world-touring exhibit. Next up, Times Square and the Flat Iron Building, so stay tuned.”

You can follow the artist on his website, Facebook and Instagram.

Images: Courtesy of Bil Donovan.

Satoru Aoyama

Satoru Aoyama is known for his photo-realistic embroidery as depicted in his series, “Embroiderers”. However, we really do like his newer work incorporating found objects particularly those in his studio. Born in Japan the textile artist received a Bachelor of Arts degree in London and went on for his masters in Chicago. He works with an old Singer sewing machine to create these meticulously embroidered works. The process of making is important to the artist and he hopes that in viewing his work, people will appreciate the embroidery and ultimately question the relationship between the images presented and the process of making.

You can find the artist on his website, Instagram and on Facebook as well.

Images: Courtesy of Satoru Aoyama.

Yuya Takamizawa

Thinking about trying our hands at paper cutting. These designs are the works of Japanese cutting artist, illustrator and designer Yuya Takamizawa. His work is influenced by folk art from around the world and Scandinavian design. He creates his work at Atelier Folk where he sells paper cutouts, tenugui (cloth towel), and postcards while his wife sells yeast bread and jam. You can view his work on his website and Instagram. You can also view his wife’s culinary expertise on Atelier Sparrow and on Instagram.

Images: Courtesy of Yuya Takamizawa.