Paper­doll

The lo­cal fash­ion il­lus­tra­tor shows off the best spring trends through her stylish vi­gnettes

Chicago Sun-Times - - WHO TO WATCH - STORY BY CHIARA MILIOULIS PHOTO BY RAMZI DREESSEN

KRIS­TINE STEINER

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

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