>> "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.