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Personal Development

It’s been a while since I’ve shared with you fashion illustration… there is something I really enjoy about looking through the websites of people who label themselves as ‘illustrators’ rather than artists. Perhaps it’s a type of humility (maybe), or brethren (probably) I feel as a graphic designer, the division being creative as a skill and being creative as a passion.

I know I’m going to put my foot in my mouth at someplace when I get into the whole what is art debate. Back in college I was almost lynched for saying graphic design is not art. Well, sometimes it’s harder to tell than others… but looking at Mia Marie Overgaard’s work (Miao Miao), this brings up a lot of emotion for me. She has a clear distinction between illustration (above) and her personal work (below). In her illustration, it’s clear highly stylized, sexy, and a bit aloof. Below in her personal work, the colors are muted, with low contrast, and moody… not to mention fashion inspired.

It leaves me to wonder, like in the painting below with the woman in the mask, how do you express that which has no words?


5 comments for “Personal Development”

  1. Ooh, beautiful!!!

    Those illustrations are exactly the kind of things that make me happy :)

    Posted by Bojana | November 13, 2007, 1:14 pm
  2. beautiful artwork. What a thought-provoking way to represent fashion.

    Posted by Heather | November 13, 2007, 4:30 pm
  3. Wow, these are amazing! Love the colours :)

    Posted by tania, fashionising.com | November 14, 2007, 6:09 pm
  4. hmmm…. this post really made me think. i suppose that the “trick” is finding a way to combine the skilled creativity it takes to pay the bills with the passionate creativity that keeps us alive.

    p.s. the art is beautiful, either way!

    Posted by Kelly LOVES Whales | November 15, 2007, 11:01 am
  5. Thank you for this great find, it is such inspiring work.
    It makes me wanna pick my watercolours rightaway and start drawing.

    Posted by Fenke | November 16, 2007, 1:10 am

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