Fashion illustration may not be as common or as well known an art form as fashion photography is, however we encounter it on a daily basis, from print publications to digital media.
We caught up with Tuula Rose, a fashion illustrator, artist and content creator from London, to share how she got into fashion illustration, her inspirations and favourites pieces to draw...
How did you get into fashion illustration?
I’ve always loved fashion and art growing up. My family has always had an interest in art - my dad used to take me to galleries and I used to watch him paint and draw, which is where I learnt it from. I learnt a lot about fashion from my mum and all her magazines when I was younger. I used to flick through her magazines and wanted to draw all the ads and editorials, it was never about the articles. I eventually started drawing from the fashion magazines. The love for the two then lead me to getting a book, ‘fashion illustration school’ for Christmas one year. I must have been about 12/13 years old and it made me realise that it was actually a viable career. This then spurred on my love and I’ve never stopped drawing since. I’ve been determined since then to make it my job.
How would you describe your style of artwork?
How wouldn’t I describe my artwork! I have so many styles from minimalist line work to oil painting (which stays in my creative space) but primarily my fashion illustration work is very simple. I’d describe my work as a beautiful mess. It’s perfectly undone, clean lines with some freedom - the less is more approach. You fill in the missing lines with your mind. You can see the full, perfect image from afar but if you look closely all the lines are so messy and imperfect.
We've partnered with Tuula Rose for a super exciting competition. We're giving one lucky winner the chance to win this exclusive one-off illustration, created by Tuula Rose of our Belen Faux Fur Jacket, plus the jacket itself for you to enjoy this season*.
(*T&Cs apply. There will be 1 winner picked at random. Competition entries end midnight 22/11/20. Only open to residents of UK. Prize will be 1 x physical fashion illustration pictured and 1 x French Connection Belen Faux Fur Jacket, subject to availability).