>> "Hi I drew you!  Please blog about me!" unfortunately peppers quite a few emails in my inbox.  Poor them.  They absolutely took no joy in knocking out their illustration of me because their sole purpose was to flatter my shallow vanity, stroke my ego and thus get a blog post about their work out of me.  Cynic much, you say?  Sadly it does often show through in the illustration itself.  Therefore it was a delight to receive this specimen from Nashville-based freelance illustrator Lauren Rolwing.  I wasn't just tickled by the fact that she had drawn out my current favourite combo of Bernstock Speirs veiled beanie and vintage Chinese embroidered jacket but it was her direct, minimal and playful style, which led me to her brilliant Tumblr blog, where even better examples of her work lie.  



A graduate of printmaking from Savannah College of art and Design, Rolwing has been forging ahead in freelance illustrations, mostly doing distinct poster work, but it's on her personal blog where her way with interpreting collections really comes to life.  Fashion illustration has often veered towards the florid, sketchy or life like so it's great to see Rolwing's expressionist take on a Dior striped frock from their latest S/S 14 collection or Christopher Kane's S/S 14 biology lesson.  Her blogged references are clear enough in her work – the pastel colours of Miami art deco buildings, the direct lines of Memphis design, sixties typography, Bauhaus – but it's blending all of that with fashion imagery that means she should be getting some meaty commissions if there's anyone out there who wants fashion illustration with a real point of difference.  













Comments (26)

  1. Jackie says:

    She had to draw you. Look at the bangs her ‘models’ are sporting. She couldn’t resist. And such a D A F tumblr. Thanks for my new bookmark!

  2. FashionSnag says:

    Wow! Love these illustrations.

  3. Wow..fantastic, refreshing and modern! Her illustrations are fantastic and would make beautiful prints.
    It’s always great to see fresh talent.

  4. lovely illustrations, I believe you were an inspiration for the drawing **wink**.

  5. just lovely!
    she’s illustrated well the aesthetics of every brand, esp on u!
    ‚ñ∂jumper bumper – themilanomode.com

  6. Katty says:

    They are all so nice.. Love it.. Thanks for sharing

  7. Suheiry says:

    This is really good art! They’re really fun and appealing. They make me smile. They would be perfect to display in a home because of the positive feelings they convey.

  8. Marta Pozzan says:

    These illustrations are super cool, I like the first one with the Acne bag. They all remind me of a mix between futuristic drawings and art deco posters. Nice work.

  9. Kate Bentley says:

    Just goes to show..it doesn’t have to be complicated, it just has to have ‘it’. I remember in Art classes, if every student had to make a picture out of 12 black dots and nothing else, those with true talent still did the best works. xxxx

  10. Love the graphic shapes and bold colours in her work – I’ve added hers to the list of blogs I follow

  11. MuryHandbags says:

    the illustration of you is amazing. She got it so right, even with your little head piece and your new acne box clutch. fantastic.
    also the other illustrations are great.

  12. Anelia says:

    Wow, very original illustration!! Super talented person, just started following her on tumblr!

  13. Nicola says:

    Those illustrations are awesome!

  14. Mimi says:

    You have a great way of finding cool new artists! Thanks!

  15. Salla Po says:

    I actually don’t usually like this type of illustration but these are really interesting… simple yet intriguing. I could see these working very well in a big billboard campaign but also in smaller size in calling cards, tags etc. It will be interesting to follow where her illustrations will end up in the future.

  16. I love the illustrations!!!

  17. Iris says:

    Love this! Like you said, such a refreshing style, very different from your typical fashion illustration. Absolutely love how it’s modern and a tad retro at the same time.
    xoxo Iris

  18. Rebecca says:

    love her collage style of illustration. Makes me wanna get the coloured paper and sketch book back out!

  19. Elen Lees says:

    These are probably the best examples of artwork that are simple, yet intensely detailed and it sparks an instant flame of interest. The way her work jumps out at me from the screen is enchanting.

  20. Lee Golde says:

    Love MS. ROLWIGS illustrations of each designers collection..Her sense of humor and her
    aritstic ability are more than worth your giving her a plcae of honor in you blog…thanks…
    lee golde

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