Art Smart: Meet the Inspiring Creator of Paperfashion
Fashion and art are BFFs, so we love getting the dish on fashion illustrators like Katie Rodgers of Paperfashion. Katie’s gorgeous watercolor pieces have been commissioned by top names in the industry, and we’re super impressed by the way she brings style to life! Where did it all start, and what’s her advice for aspiring illustrators? Read on!
STYLUST: When did you fall in love with watercolor?
KATIE: As a child! My aunt is an artist and gave me my first set of paints as a little girl…and I’ve been hooked ever since!
STYLUST: What are your favorite types of looks to draw?
KATIE: I love the ’50s and ’60s looks…so classic. I also am very inspired by color in fashion. Great color combos are always fun!
STYLUST: What inspires you as an illustrator?
KATIE: Literally anything and everything! I can never seem to pinpoint my inspiration. The most random things will inspire new ideas. I do find lots of inspiration on Pinterest, though.
STYLUST: What is one thing most people don’t know about you or your work?
KATIE: I studied cello most of my life and wanted to be a musician up until I decided to study design last minute in college!
STYLUST: How would you describe your personal style?
KATIE: Simple and uniform-like. I don’t like to think too much about what I wear. I try to stick to simple neutral items and liven things up with accessories.
STYLUST: Name a single item from your closet you are currently obsessed with.
KATIE: I’m currently over-wearing my neon coral boat shoes.
STYLUST: Do you have any parting advice for aspiring illustrators?
KATIE: Get out there and experience things! The best thing you can do is experience new things to inspire your work. Also, if you aren’t quite sure what your “style” is, just keep illustrating. There’s no better way to find your style than to constantly make art.
Wanna try a hand at illustrating? Katie gives tutorials on her site too! Check it.