illustration Emma Zanelli

illustration Anja Kroencke

Illustration is back!
The past decade has seen a revival of contemporary illustration in advertising, magazines, museums and art galleries, resulting in a strong presence in online publications and exhibitions. Illustration can be seen as a voice of our time, a reflection of our society.

It was time for me to start my own independent online zine showcasing talented contemporary illustrators from around the world. 

The first issue is about women, a classic and endlessly inspiring theme. From the ancient Greeks to Renaissance painters, from Baroque sculptors to photographers of today, countless artists have found the female body to be a source of inspiration and had women as their muses.

Twenty of the most exciting emerging and established illustrators have been selected to create six illustrations of sensual women. Most of these artworks have been made exclusively for this magazine. The result is extraordinary, elegant, sensitive, emotional, provocative, erotic and sensual.

Thanks to the amazing contributors Angelika Peißker, Anja Kroencke, Andrea Hrnjak, Anna McKay , Caitlin Shearer, Cecilia Carlstedt, Conrad Roset, Emma Zanelli, Esra Roïse, Judit Garcia Talavera, Keathe Butcher, Marjolein Caljouw, Malika Favre, Margot van Huijkelom, Masaki Mizuno, Naja Conrad Hansen, Noumeda Carbone, Ricardo Fumanal, Spiros Halaris & Stina Persson.

128 pages of curated art. 5,- (pdf) 
Edited by Anneke Krull

magazine preview

Kelly Beeman x JW Anderson SS16


Great fashion illustrations of Brooklyn based artist Kelly Beeman. "These paintings were made for JW Anderson in anticipation of the SS16 women's collection runway show. The theme of the collection is "an odyssey oscillating between galactic Olympics and empowered femininity." Each piece was intended to depict a woman in a different but continuous atmosphere, so I used varying background shades and flower designs to bring them together, and to complement the bold shapes and monochromatic prints in the collection". 

SS16 Milan Womenswear by Cecilia Carlstedt

Milan Fashion Week has started with great shows of Prada, Pucci, Fendi & Gucci!
Showstudio asked Stockhom based fashion illustrator  Cecilia Carlstedt to draw the SS16 Milan Womenswear... See the wonderful result. Have a great weekend!

Coco Chanel x Megan Hess - BOOK GIVE-AWAY!

And the winner is... Ellen Vieira! Congrats!

Coco Chanel, The Illustrated World of a Fashion Icon by Megan Hess
A must-have coffee table book for all Chanel lovers, illustration lovers and fashion lovers!

What a sunny morning! I just received this stunning book of Coco Chanel by fashion illustrator Megan Hess published by Hardie Grant Books. A beautiful designed book in a lovely small size, printed in Chanel's iconic colors black & white with some details in red and gold, interspersed with beautiful designed anecdotes and famous quotes from Coco and a beautiful silver foil stamp on the cover. The book is clearly divided into 3 chapters: The women, The brand, The Legend. 

I read it in one breath, in just a few hours I knew everything and more from Coco Chanel. She is arguably the most significant influence on women’s fashion in the twentieth century, a key designer to not only have captured a moment in fashion history, but to have shaped the fashion landscape in years to come. (I personally love Chanel for as long as I can remember, I even named my dog Coco)

Coco’s World is a compilation of Megan Hess’ stunning illustrations of the 100 most quintessential moments through Chanel’s history, from Coco’s incredible life (her childhood, her influencers, her lovers, het succes), to the impact of Karl Lagerfeld as creative director of the brand, and the incredible items that have become fashion icons – the little black dress, the classic tweed jacket, the luxurious bags, alluring jewellery and, of course, the renowned Chanel No. 5 perfume.

Hardie Grant offered me a give-away on my blog for one of YOU! All you have to do is leave a comment, follow this blog on instagram and Facebook and I'll mention one name on this Friday the 25th end of the day ... anyone can enter ;-)

The book will be available in the beginning of Oktober.
You can pre-order it at Bol.com and Amazon

Published bij Hardie Grant books
Date published 08 Oct 2015
ISBN 9781743790663
Format Hardback
Details 208 pages - 147mm x 217mm

London Fashion Week x Cecilia Carlstedt

London Fashion week has started!
Get into the mood with this beautiful SS14 "golden oldie" from Cecilia Carlstedt. Happy Friday!

Spiros Halaris x Urban Decay

Love the collaboration with Urban Decay for the launch of the uber successful NAKED smoky series by Spiros Halaris, a multi-disciplinary Illustrator, Designer and Art Director. Originally from Greece, he was trained at the prestigious University of the Arts London and has studios in London and New York, where he's currently based.

Abstract catwalks by Magnus Voll Mathiassen

Love the signature style of Norwegian designer and illustrator Magnus Voll Mathiassen (better known as MVM). Working with bold colors and patterns Magnus always sticks firmly to finding grace in stripping subjects back to their bare minimum.

Blair Breitenstein

Now this is fashion! Love the "messy smudged" line work of 22 years old NY-based artist Blair Breitenstein. Largely influenced by high fashion photography, Blair says she takes these fashion forward photos into a whole new realm of layered watercolors and messy smudged lines. Her talent has been recognized by Prada, Oscar de la Renta, Harper's Bazaar and international magazines W Korea and Vogue Korea among many more. You can see her work on Instagram or visit her daily "My Daily Drawings" blog Blonde Lasagna.

Meagan Morrison

Fashion Week NYC starts today and I love illustration will follow the runway illustrators like Meagan Morrison, a graduate of the Fashion Institute of Technology whose brand Travel Write Draw is a full-time business, taking her on artistic adventures around the world to Russia, Puerto Rico, France, Morocco, and beyond.
Vanity Fair just choose her as the 5-Must-Follow-Fashion-Illustrators-on-Instagram!  
"Such an incredible way to kickstart a super exciting #NYFW season!!" she says. 

Kei Meguro

Love the realistic soft pencil portraits of Tokyo, Japan born Kei Meguro. She currently is a working illustrator and graphic designer living in New York. Meguro began as a self taught artist from a young age and much of what she has learned has come from her interaction and appreciation of great art. She developed her techniques at the School of Visual Arts where she started out majoring in Fine Arts and received a BFA in Graphic Design in 2010. Today, she designs and illustrates for clients world-wide: Wallpaper* Magazine, Nylon MagazinE, Chanel, Shiseido, L'Oréal, Lancome and so on.

Kei is one of the illustrators ILOVE ILLUSTRATION has curated on Society6. 
And there is a great Artist Promo ON NOW!

LEARN FROM THE ARTIST: Pattern Design by Elizabeth Olwen

Goodmorning Monday! This has been such a fulfilling creative week because of the collaboration with Skillshare and the "work in progress" of a new digital I LOVE ILLUSTRATION platform (launching end of this month!) that I am thrilled to wrap it up with today’s featured designer, Elizabeth Olwen. I fell in love with Elizabeth’s vintage look when I looked at her inspirational online Pattern Design Classes. Elizabeth is a Toronto-based surface designer, who is “inspired by pastoral beauty, nature in its most playful forms, folklore, and romance.” Have a great day!

You can learn all the skills of Elizabeth herself following her 3 online classes: 
Class Project: Design a repeat pattern using Adobe Illustrator
Class Project: Design a pattern collection: prints, a spot graphic, and a name.
Class Project: Show off your artwork on a product of your dreams.

Friday inspiration! Yuliya

Friday inspiration! Hmmm, get some latte and blueberry scones and put on some warm socks in this cold and rainy weather! Love these soft pastel cosy work of Kiev-born, Ontario-based artist Yuliya.

Prints of her work are available in Society6