She’s talented, she loves fashion and she adores to draw, all of which you can easily tell by looking at any of her wonderful illustrations. Lena Ker (lenaker.blogspot.com), the young fashion illustrator we introduce to you today, is able to create magic using nothing but her favourite paper, pencils and watercolors. The resulting images work towards painting the fashion world from an alluring perspective, colliding all artistic senses. If you haven’t already, you’ll find yourself in love with her work.
We had the pleasure to interview Lena Ker to talk more about her gorgeous art work, about details that make her style stand out, about fashion and her career so far.
Read the full interview after the break.
You do such a wonderful job. How did you become a fashion illustrator?
It took a lot of time. I have always loved fashion and adored to draw, so for a long time, since more or less meaningful age, I thought that I would design clothes. But later it turned out that sewing didn’t inspire me absolutely. I was interested in sketching, but not in sewing.
I haven’t got an artist education, I was thinking that is not too serious for the future and it was a mistake, drawing has always been my main passion. I tried to make it my profession, but did not find realization in the art, working for other people. And then, everything is pretty banal. I started a blog. I began publishing my pictures wherever possible, and the first followers came out, it gave me confidence, I began to devote to it almost all the time, and after a while the first results as small orders appeared.
Were you always interested in fashion?
Definitely yes. I do not think I’m unique in this case, because for sure, most of the girls, being small, are interested in all of this: dresses, accessories, cosmetics. I remember when I was a child I viewed photos from my mother’s magazines. And it was amazing, beautiful ladies in beautiful dresses, a kind of modern princess. I loved it and it was very exciting, maybe because all around looked different in daily life.
When it comes to your illustrations, how would you describe your style?
Watercolor elegant negligence.
Could you tell us a little bit about your creative process when starting an illustration?
Usually in the morning for a cup of coffee I look through some fashion Internet resources, save interesting images, that is also a step in the creation of some illustrations. Also, I need cleanliness and order around me. So if creative mess is all around, I’ll clean rather than to start drawing. And then, I think everything is as with everyone else, no special traditions, just painting by my favorite watercolor, on my favorite paper.
Which designers are your favourite to illustrate?
I absolutely admire designers Elie Saab, Oscar de la Renta, Zac Posen, Zuhair Murad, Dior. They are all very inspiring.
Share with us your proudest moment in your career so far.
Of course, currently it is a work with the Conde Nast Russia publishing house.
Thanks to Lena for her time. You can check out more illustrations at the gallery, or by visiting her blog.