The local fashion illustrator shows off the best spring trends through her stylish vignettes
AGE: 29. LIVES IN: Logan Square. FROM A YOUNG AGE: “Ever since I’ve been able to hold a pen, I’ve always been drawing,” Steiner says. “Whenever I drew people, the legs were super, super long. And then I started watching these fashion shows like ‘Fashion File’ and the models were so tall and lanky, just like my drawings.” LESSON LEARNED: Steiner graduated from the The Illinois Institute of Art – Chicago with a fashion design degree, but disliked sewing so much, she decided to stick to illustrations. SPREADING THE WORD: Last spring, Steiner started posting her sketches on social media — and got an instant response. “People would ask me to sketch at events or do custom illustrations,” she says. THE PROCESS: She uses Micron ink and Prismacolor markers on 9-by-12 paper, but the rest is custom. “All I need is a photo, so I can see their face and full body, even though I’m going to be exaggerating and elongating [the features]. The outfit is up to the [client] — it can be [something] they’ve worn or they can say they want to be drawn in Chanel couture.” UPCOMING GIGS: Steiner will be doing live sketches for a Milly event at Neiman Marcus April 16; you can also catch her at the Randolph Street Market April 23-24. SPRING FORECAST: “Bows on everything — even buying a ribbon and adding it to a blouse yourself. Bows on shoes are also so cute!” For a custom illustration (starting at $120), email Kyjsteiner@gmail.com, or visit her online store, Kristinesteiner.bigcartel.com.
Pictured: blown-up versions of Steiner’s illustrations Follow Steiner on Instagram at @kyjsteiner