Tagged: black & white
  1. 13

    Nov 2015

    Fashion Fridays ~ Peter Jeroense

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    Peter Jeroense is a fashion illustrator born 1966 in Rotterdam, Netherlands. He studied Fashion Design and Fashion Illustration at the Academy of Visual Arts (now Willem de Kooning Academy), graduating in 1988 with Honours.

    After graduating Jeroense, along with Anja Koops, began the fashion brand Ell = Bell. Despite receiving positive attention from the international fashion press, the pair had to close it down in 1991 due to financial problems. Following the company’s closure, Jeroense taught at an art academy, as well as working as a freelance print designer, stylist, and fashion editor for Blvd. Magazine. After trying everything, he felt that he was best-suited to illustration, as it encompassed the most of what he and enjoyed.

    Jeroense uses a range of tactile techniques, drawings in pen and ink, cutting and pasting, and photocopying pictures. He prefers clean lines of timeless garments, dressing more characteristic faces, rather than a typical pretty girl. His signature black and white illustrations have appeared in Boiler, Carlos, Flaunt, Nylon and Selfridges Tribune.

    Quite vocal about his opinion of illustration in the fashion industry. The following quote has been translated from his interview with Bregje Lampe.

    “The fashion illustration is still not valued. It is mainly the advertisers who do not appreciate the genre. And money is quite simply the greatest power in the fashion industry. Advertisers want their products to be visible in the rest of the leaf. As if the individual garments are so clearly visible in those fashion photographs now.”

    The illustration vs. photography argument rages on. Jeroense raises another good point in that interview, one of perception.

    “In addition, the idea of an artist who makes a few sketches at home behind his desk, is not nearly as glamourous as a team of stylists, models, photographers and assistants that put the latest fashions in an exotic location.”

    I do not often directly address the topic of illustration vs. photography on here, but Jeroense’s words have spurred me. There are without a doubt others who have a more in-depth knowledge of the subject, however, through researching and writing for The Lounge a few pieces have been made clear to me. Before, and up until the early 20th Century, illustrators were celebrities. Internationally known and a regular hot topic in the newspapers. In fashion alone, we only need to look at the popularity of Carl Erickson and René Bouët-Willaumez. An illustrator’s work was sort after by the general public, not just those in the field. With the exception of a precious few, this is clearly not the case today. If nothing else, it can be said that the media attention shift towards photography, which does not look likely to shift back presently, continues to lower the public perception of illustration.

    Having said that, there are a few publications still holding up the torch for illustration, namely The New Yorker, Illustration, 3×3, Varoom, and independent ones, such as Ammo. That is something we can take comfort in and help it grow.

  2. 8

    Aug 2013

    Sheree Domingo

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    Sheree is currently studying Illustration and Comic Art at the Achool of Art and Design Kassel, Germany. Her blog has a huge amount of work, especially comics. I love her alternative ‘indie’ style, which is quite abstract and loose. I really hope to see her work in my favourite comic shop, Gosh in London, one day soon. She seems the sort to be unconstrained by our ‘set rules’ of how to create comics, and I believe it’s people like her who will break the mould and do incredibly exciting things with the medium.

  3. 18

    Jul 2013

    DZO Olivier

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    DZO Olivier is an illustrator and artist currently living in France. His work reminds me of the power found in simple black and white ink illustration, with its intricacies and imagination. If you visit his Behance page, do take a look at his ‘Inkstinctive’ project. The artist describes this project as follows:

    No eraser, no pencil Every mistake is an opportunity to create unexpected images.This work explores the interconnections between inert matter and living matter. At the same time, I still explore processes of the unconscious.

    His coloured paintings bring about an exciting hint of David Mack’s work (comic readers will no doubt remember David’s stunning ‘Kabuki’ books).

  4. 13

    Apr 2013

    Bob Case

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    Bob Case is an illustrator, designer, art director and animator currently working at The Lavidge Company. He often works in black and white, using his trademark perfect black lines to shade his work. There is something beautifully nostalgic about his illustrations, yet at the same time they appear so modern and punchy. View more on his website.

  5. 14

    Feb 2013


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    Though vector artist Souloff works in colour, her black and white work is equally powerful. Her outlines are smooth and sensual, with fat black marker lines thrown in to great effect. You can see influence from night club flyers, and also graffiti ([particularly in some of the lettering). Her ‘Mirror Mirror on the Wall’ series is inspired by fables and fairy tales, but with a modern twist. Do take a look at her website for more…

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