#Fashionillustration –type that into any instagram search form and I guarantee that the number of posts you would get, pertaining to this topic, are dime a plenty.
In fact, there are so many digital and traditional drawings out there as well as a seemingly rising fleet of illustrators, you can imagine how extremely challenging it is to even stand out or get noticed in first place. Stiff competition everywhere and what not. Everyone is just so darn good at it.
See that’s when we filter them all and managed to chance upon Italian fashion illustrator and designer Sabrina Garrasi, whose fantastical drawing style (literally) is quite unlike others.
Looking as if they are crafted specifically for the Han Christian Andersen‘s Thumbelina set, or something from Tim Burton‘s whimsical wonderland, her works are rendered specifically to give “voice and poetry” and a “dialogue” with the world, to represent the expressive power and soul of the predominant human figure.
And in this case: the emotions of the female character.
In her illustrations, femininity is something that goes beyond mere beauty. She is perpetually seen expressing a redefinition of femininity and at the same time, the notion of “being woman”.
The figures in her drawings are personified with an intriguing sensuality, coupled with subtle eroticism, class and character. They are ethereal too, answering her constant search for beauty in her life.
Through her unique choice of mediums as well, she adds depth to the richness and longevity of the portrait of the female spirit.
Using handmade cotton paper made by a family in Central Italy to watercolours and chine (inks) and a range of artisanal products that are often hard to find, she has creates harmonies of vibrant colours that enchants the viewers’ eyes. At the same time, she also uses conventional mediums such as acrylic colours, crayons and marker pens, giving her work a finishing touch with a pen.
By reproducing what the world suggests to her, Sabrina has inherently created romantic and sophisticated women who were born from the techniques of the past, yet they live in the future.
And accordingly to her, fashion illustrations is her way of making them immortal.
Artworks courtesy of Sabrina Garrasi.