Thursday, October 7, 2010

Fashion Illustration Class

This fun new class at The Art League School begins this Saturday, October 9, and runs for five weeks... and there's still room! Click here for more info and to register.


This course introduces basic illustration styles and techniques to aspiring fashion illustrators and designers. Students will work on the drawing, sketching and textile rendering skills needed to create illustrations for sales presentation and production. Basic design proportion and composition are covered. Participants will also learn to accentuate their illustration through style-exaggeration and fabric rendering. Students illustrate poses from supplied fashion photos and render actual fabrics samples for drape, texture and pattern. A familiarity of drawing materials (pencil, ink, marker, gouache) is helpful. 

About instructor Matthew Cuenca:
Hungry for artistic knowledge, Matthew moved to New York City and after four years he received his BFA with Honors from Parsons School of Design. For the next 15 years he worked as a Fashion Designer, Illustrator and Art Director for companies such as Harper Collins Trophy, Moody Publishing, Bill Blass, Avirex, Oleg Cassini, and Oxford Industries. He has also worked as associate professor of the Fashion Institute of Technology. In 2002 he moved with his family to Paris, France and rekindled his freelance career in illustration.

Since 2003 he has exhibited at the U.S. Embassy in Paris, where he won the 2003 Art Award. He has also freelanced for EMG (Alaska), Adept Press (Chicago) and Griffin Grove Games (Australia). In 2005 he moved to Phnom Penh, Cambodia where he started a lucrative career in jewelry, designing exclusive jewelry for members of the Cambodian royal family and local dignitaries.


In 2008 he returned to oil painting and prepared for his highly anticipated exhibition of locally inspired portraits. Following the success of his exhibition Mathew and his partner Jeff returned back to the US for a three year Washington, D.C. tour. Currently he's a member of The Art League.

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