Alison Hansen

Alison Hansen is a fashion illustrator and textile designer. Hansen has previously worked in the fashion industry in the USA and is now based in the UK.

Alison Hansen uses a variety of techniques to obtain her fresh illustrations. Her work consists of using hand drawing, painting and digital effects to achieve her unique illustrations.

Hansen (2017).


Alison Hansen 2017, available at

I love the blue and grey tones Hansen has used in this illustration. I feel that her depiction is captivating because of the minimalistic approach she used in her designs. In addition, I like how the illustrator has named her fashion figures, as it adds personality to her depictions.


The first step was to lightly sketch around the figure. I feel that I used the wrong pencil when tracing as the lines of my illustration were quite harsh.


I used water colour paints to add colour to the depiction.


When I finished adding colour to the illustration, I used black pen to add detail to the fashion figure.

Overall, I am pleased with the final outcome of my recreation of Hansen’s fashion illustration. If I were to repeat this process I would focus more on building up the colour using watercolour paints. I believe that my attempt is similar and represents Hansen’s style well.


Lucia Emanuela Curzi

Lucia Emanuela Curzi is a fashion and beauty focused illustrator based in London. She specialises in this form of illustration and works for editorial, advertising and textile clients. Curzi worked as an illustrator for advertising for four years before winning her first award of Company High Street Edit Fashion Illustration Competition. Since then, Curzi has been commissioned by a wide number of fashion publications around the world and exhibited her work in leading London Museums e.g. Victoria and Albert. Lucia has obtained a BA in Media Design and continued her learning by successfully completing courses at the London College of Fashion. Mold, (1997)

Lucia creates a collage using photographic images before beginning her illustrations to help influence her work. Lucia prefers to work firstly on paper using a variety of different mediums e.g. watercolour, pastels, pens or acrylics on paper. The illustrator uses Photoshop to perfect her work. Mold (1997)

Lucia’s client list includes Vogue, Selfridges, Kurt Geiger, Boots and The Sunday Times Style Magazine.

Lucia’s illustration style features ladies with elongated legs, elegant lines strong black ink marks and splashes of colour.

The illustration below is one of Lucia’s more detailed depictions. It would appear that Lucia has drawn her figure and added grey and black shadows, using watercolour paints. In addition, she has added splashes of colour to the garment of her illustration, using watercolour. The illustrator uses black pen to add detail to her depiction. elle61    I have attempted to recreate the dress of this illustration as I love the detail and techniques used. I have documented each stage of the process to complete my illustration.

Using a HP pencil I traced around the dress and added grey watercolour detail. I continued to build up the base colours of mustard, browns and blacks.


When I was finished using watercolours to build up the base of the dress, I added detail using colouring pencils. This added to the illustration as it provided more detail and strengthened the colour. I then used a 0.3 fine art pen to outline the figure and add detail to complete my illustration.


I am disappointed with the end result as I feel that it does not capture the precise detail as the original illustration. I have never used watercolour paints before and I feel that if I had of practiced more the end result would have been better. In addition, I feel that the illustration I was attempting to recreate was too detailed for me. I found it difficult to control the paint and obtain the colours Lucia used in her illustration. If I were to repeat this process I would attempt to use a less detailed depiction of the illustrators.




Floyd Grey

According to Rolnik (2012), “Floyd Grey is a fashion illustrator from Kuala Lumar.”

Grey’s style is distinctive due to the simplicity and minimalistic approach he used in his illustrations. Hoek uses black lines to outline the figure and adds blocks of bright colour to the garments of his illustrations. This block of colour makes his illustrations unique and eye-catching.

Grey begins his illustrations by sketching and using a range of mediums e.g. pen, ink, watercolour. Using Photoshop he edits his illustrations to provide a cleaner image.

I love how Grey’s illustration below captivates onlookers as the bright red dress draws the eye towards the image. It appears that the illustrator uses fine art pencils to outline the details of the fashion figure. It is unclear as to what technique Grey used to add colour to


both the dress and hat. In my opinion, the illustrator has used acrylic paints and fine art pencils to achieve this completed depiction.

floyd-grey-tumblr_m2xnlceogm1qd9lgao1_1280-565x7911Below I have attempted to recreate this illustration. I have documented the process using photographs. I did not focus on a particular area of this illustration, as I feel that in order to achieve a similar simplistic and unique fashion figure,  I needed to recreate the depiction as a whole.


Firstly, I roughly sketched the outline of the fashion figure using pencil. I then used HP, 2B and 6B pencils to add tone to the flesh of the figure. The tones highlighted the shadows and facial features on the figure.


I then applied several layers of acrylic paint to both the dress, boots and hat of the figure. Once the paint dried, I applied white acrylic paint to highlight areas where light would fall on the garment and hat. I then used a fountain pen to define shadowed areas.


Overall, I am please with the final outcome. This process has made me aware of how various medium techniques such as pencil, paint and pens can be used to achieve a unique and simplistic illustration. If I were to repeat this process, I would use a different approach to painting the garments which feature in the illustration, as I feel I did not obtain the same effect Grey had. Furthermore, I feel that my illustration could have been improved if I had of used a thinner fine art pen. If I were to repeat this process I would use Photoshop to sharpen my illustration.