Live sketch­ing on the run­way

NICHE Magazne - - Model Citizens -

Stephanie Anne Mckay is a Fash­ion Il­lus­tra­tor based in Toronto, On­tario, Canada. Her work is an ab­stract use of wa­ter­color and dig­i­tal me­dia that re­sults in a raw ap­proach to fig­ure study as it re­lates to the fash­ion world. Her work places a pal­pa­ble em­pha­sis on con­trast and color vi­brancy - two things that are also crit­i­cal to the work of any fash­ion de­signer. Stephanie is well known for her live sketch­ing tal­ents, as seen at A-list de­signer fash­ion shows and events. With her in­stinc­tive ap­proach, Stephanie ex­e­cutes ex­cep­tional il­lus­tra­tions in less than five min­utes, and be­cause of her im­mense tal­ent, has worked with no­table brands in­cludes Her­mès, Chanel, Hud­son’s Bay Com­pany and the Na­tional Bal­let of Canada. Af­ter fin­ish­ing a very tra­di­tional art ed­u­ca­tion, I de­cided I wanted to use my skills in a cre­ative in­dus­try. Fash­ion, es­pe­cially fash­ion pho­tog­ra­phy has al­ways been a big in­spi­ra­tion for me so the choice to il­lus­trate for the in­dus­try seemed like a nat­u­ral tran­si­tion. Through net­work­ing on­line, I met my agent Mar­cus Kan, who writes the fash­ion il­lus­tra­tion blog, Draw A Dot. He got me my first gig, which was

live il­lus­trat­ing at Toronto Fash­ion Week. From there, my work has grown to reach a larger au­di­ence, es­pe­cially through so­cial me­dia, and I’m able to work with lots of great clients in the in­dus­try! I work in wa­ter­color as well as dig­i­tal paint­ing. Wa­ter­color has a won­der­ful fluid qual­ity and a high vi­brancy in color. I love it for its sim­plic­ity of ap­pli­ca­tion; it’s a medium that needs to be planned first and never over worked. The re­sult is a flu­id­ity and nat­u­ral­ness to the pieces. I also sketch dig­i­tally on tablets, which is my medium of choice for live sketch­ing. It’s so con­ve­nient to be able to bring along a dig­i­tal ver­sion of my stu­dio ma­te­ri­als for run­way shows where space and time is lim­ited.

I have been live sketch­ing for three years now. I’ve had the plea­sure of sketch­ing at run­way shows at both Toronto Fash­ion Week as well as New York Fash­ion week. My fa­vorite de­sign­ers to sketch are Dolce & Gab­bana, Delpozo and Mary Ka­trant­zou. I love to draw pieces with em­bel­lish­ments, rich col­ors, and in­ter­est­ing prints. I never have trou­ble find­ing new in­spi­ra­tion with all the cre­ative de­signs that out there.

Alexan­der Mc­queen Re­sort 2017

Alexan­der Mc­queen Re­sort 2017

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