Last night, I went to a terrific show of drawings by the fashion illustrator, Richard Haines at the spanking new Fuller + Roberts shop on La Cienega. As frequent readers of this blog know, I love me some fashion illustrations so this show was a real treat. I so admire drawings that feel effortless and manage to communicate so much about the energy and form of the person that the artist is observing with a few well placed lines. Mr. Haines is a master of this technique and his choice to sketch and draw on notebook paper and pages torn from old books and catalogues adds a sense of casual intimacy. Take a look:I had the pleasure of meeting the artist and he is completely lovely and unassuming. I told him one of my favorite drawings was this one and he said it was a sort of self portrait. He does one at the close every year of him striding into the new one: Come on! Don’t you love him? I also dig that he uses a stamp to sign all of his work. I suppose when you are churning out as many drawings as he is, a stamp comes in handy… If you like his work and want to see more, check out his fantastic blog, What I Saw Today. It’s a visual record of, well, what he saw that day. And with a busy life in New York fashion, he’s seeing some pretty great stuff. Here is how he describes what he’s all about:
New York is an endless runway. Watching people is as compelling today as it was when I first moved here many years ago. My design eye is informed by working with some of the best in the business – Calvin Klein, Bill Blass, Perry Ellis and Sean Combs. They taught me how to look at fabric, shape, color. I’m taking that knowledge and combining it with my love of illustration to record what I see around me – the vital and always changing style of guys in New York. I am currently illustrating for In Style magazine, J Crew and accepting private commissions. Interested? Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
The show runs through May 7th at Fuller + Roberts, 729 La Cienega Boulevard. Be there or be square. Enjoy!