Anja Kroencke was born in Austria. Since moving to New York in 1994, she has enjoyed working as a full-time illustrator, finding inspiration for her work in ‘The Big Apple’. Her elongated silhouette style figures and clever colour combinations gave her a lot of recognition in the late 90s, inspiring many other fashion illustrators along the way. Anja has collected numerous awards from The Society of Illustrators, The Art Directors Club New York and many more. Clients include British Airways, Estee Lauder, Givenchy, Harvey Nichols, Mattel and Seiko.
Jacqueline’s style uses nice variation of line thickness and areas of watercolour. She also uses Letrafilm collage in her work to great effect. Her women are beautiful, with interesting poses. But she can also draw stunning scenery and has great handwriting which comes into play for some of her illustrations.
Jacqueline’s clients include Givenchy, Rigby & Pellor, The Sunday Times and Harper Collins.
Tadaomi Shibuya is a Japanese illustrator with an incredible geometric style. What I find amazing about this style is that it can be deployed to portraits just as well as more abstract subjects. Shibuya says he is influenced heavily by hip hop and artificial factory products.
Clients include Nike, Givenchy, Diesel and New Scientist.
An ex-student of my old stomping grounds, Middlesex University, Richard Gray’s talent was spotted by none other than Anna Piaggi. In 1988 Piaggi asked Grey to collaborate with her for her famous Doppie Pagine (double-page Spread) in Vogue Italia. Since then Grey has gone on to work with big fashion brands such as Agent Provocateur, Givenchy and Alexander McQueen. He has illustrated for celebrities, major fashion shows, and had his work in the windows of Milan’s Via Della Spiga. His career came full circle in 2006 when he was asked to design an installation for Anna Piaggi’s exhibition Fashion-ology. You can find more of Grey’s illustrations here.