illustrations by David Downton (above)
I love the fashion illustrations and portraits by David Downton. His art has graced covers of Criterion Collection DVDs as well as Vogue magazines. On his web site, there is an interview where he describes his process, and how many sketches and steps go into making his art "appear spontaneous." A lot of work and thought goes into simplifying his images. He draws on acetate, and the flat shapes are made using cut paper. It's his inked and painted lines that I love the most-- they are wonderfully variant and dynamic!