Cédric Rivrain- The Techniques

Cédric Rivrain’s illustrations demonstrates meticulous attention to detail with delicate shading using fine pencils and gouache. He commented on the use of pencils in an interview and said, “what I like about pencils is the childish feeling of it.” I think his drawings portray simple, easy gesture yet outstanding precision which are the main reasons that attract me to his illustrations. He also said he uses an eraser a lot as he doesn’t like to be too descriptive in his drawings, he likes to keep it relatively simply and essential.

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I think the first things that grabs your attention about Cédric’s drawings are the eyes- piercing, emotionally and fully alive. He once said, “I am obsessed with eyes. Eyes are for me the essence of a person. When I draw someone I focus on their eyes and the way I see them looking at me.”

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Cédric Rivrain

Cédric Rivrain is a Paris-based artist who has been drawing since the age of 18. He has illustrated and designed for prestigious fashion houses including John Galliano, Martine Sitbon and Yazbukey. His father was a GP therefore, he immersed himself in his father’s medical books, learning the articulations of the human form by drawing them with precision. He combined this background with his fashion experience to create work of his own such as self portraits of friends including Natasha Ramsay, Masha Orlov and Lily Cole.

Dazed Digital carried out an interview with Cedric Rivrain and found out some more background information on the illustrator.

Dazed Digital: How did you become an illustrator?
Cédric Rivrain: My first illustration was actually a double spread for Dazed and Confused. My friend Yaz Bukey, the jewellery and accessories designer, was offered this double spread to express herself. She liked my personal drawings and thought it would be a more poetic way to introduce herself – to have me drawing her and her fantasy world. That is how it all started.

DD: What inspires you most in your work?
Cédric Rivrain: My friends inspire me a lot. I like them for their beauty, their strength, their sensitivity, their inner world,
their creativity and their slight craziness. I choose people I know. I need to be moved by them. Especially for this exhibition, all the models have been close friends of mine for years. They all inspire me and mean a lot to me; those bandages and hands are my way to eternally protect and heal them. That is what I like about drawing. You engrave something for eternity. I also got a lot of my inspiration from my childhood, the mix of cultures my mother and father gave me were both very different. He was a passionate doctor and my mother was a very feminine woman who dressed in designer clothes and to whom appearance was very important. I grew up in a house full of antique medical books, illustrations, models and instruments. I guess drawing is my way of immortalising the particular culture my parents gave me. Eyes are also extremely important to me. Here again, my parents ones were the very beginning of this obsession. Theirs were both very clear, very expressive. I always knew how they felt just by looking at their eyes. Eyes are for me the essence of a person. They say everything. Expression of life lies in them.

DD: Can you tell me something about your subjects, how do you choose them and why?
Cédric Rivrain: It always comes naturally to me. It is a question of feeling and immediate envy. I do not anticipate too much when I work on a story. I let my hand ‘write’ it on the paper. I never really do sketches beforehand. When I start a drawing, I work on it until I feel I have said something through it. It is at the end that I understand myself what the whole thing was about. It just needed to come out, like a story to be told. But I guess it always relies on my own culture and fantasy. Like every artist, I have my inner world and drawing is my way to make it concrete, to make it alive.

Source: http://www.dazeddigital.com/artsandculture/article/3391/1/cedric-rivrain-heals-wounds

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Victoria Jenkins: The Techniques

Victoria Jenkins illustrations are undoubtedly so polished that is hard to believe that they could be achieved using simple pencil, fine liners and pantone markers. Victoria uses computer softwares such as Photoshop to simply clean and polish her work however, she does not edit the image too much so this does not compromise her original drawing. Victoria’s models display long legs, luscious hair and small features which are elements which draws me to her designs. Victoria also likes to emphasise her model’s cheek bones which makes her illustrations more authentic and eye-catching.

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Victoria tends to use neutral colours such as black, nude and grey throughout her illustrations and only a couple of main colours are incorporated in each illustration. The skin tone created is also relatively pale which makes other colours used stand out effectively. Overall, Victoria’s illustrations are best described as effortless and unique. The combination of high detail, choice of simple media and neutral colours have become Victoria’s signature illustration style.

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Sabine Peiper: The Techniques

I was initially attracted to Sabine Pieper’s work due to her use of mixed media throughout her illustrations. After analysing Sabine Pieper’s illustrator style and technique, I found out that she combines hand-made illustrations with digital photoshop technology. Pieper’s illustrations are very defined and sketchy and she also likes to emphasise certain features such as the eyes, cheek bones and lips.

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Pieper’s fashion illustrations demonstrates unique symmetric structure and the use of strong colours shows the beauty, feminity, softness and energy of women.

 

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She also uses shading and and leaves certain parts lighter to create a contrast from darkened areas again in areas such as the eyes, lips, neck and collarbone.

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Sabine Pieper

Sabine Pieper was born in Germany in 1980 and is a Berlin-based illustrator. Sabine started her career as a photographer and she was always particularly interested in drawing and fine arts. Sabine had her first daughter and carried out almost ten years of work experience in this industry. She then decided to follow her passion and focus on illustration in 2010. Sabine’s signature style became noticeable as her work was influenced by photographic technics and mixing media, creating a soft effect.

Sabine has worked for well-known clients in the fashion industry such as Valentino and vlisco, she also created illustrations for magazines including Harper’s Bazaar, Elle and Flair. Sabine’s work has been featured in international publications by Taschen, Gestalten and Monda. Since 2011, she took part in exhibitions globally including London, Berlin and New York.

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Victoria Jenkins

Victoria Jenkins is an illustrator based in London and she specialises in fashion and model illustrations. Victoria studied art and design at school but was always passionate about fashion. Previously, Victoria has worked with some of the world’s most famous names on the catwalk including Dolce and Gabbana, Versace, Roberto Cavalli and Moschino.

In 2010, Victoria decided to embark on trip around the world after working in the industryfor 10 years. She visited countries such as Australia, New Zealand, Fiji and Hawaii.

Victoria returned from her trip and decided to revisit her creative passion and started to sketch whilst making use of the new online platform at the time- Instagram. At present, Victoria has produced fashion illustrations recognised and endorsed by Khloe Kardashain, Roberto Cavalli, Jourdan Dunn, Paris Hilton along with many fashion bloggers including Chrisspy and Huda Beauty. Victoria also took part in various design projects and collaborations and has featured in the press including The Alchemist.

Victoria now lives in London with her husband and children and is continuing her passion for fashion illustrations.

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