Tuesday, 3 June 2014

James Forchione - Blonde, Italian, Artist

The Fashion Illustrator
Fashion and art go hand in hand together, and when I caught up with the talented James I found out some interesting facts about him. London based Fashion Illustrator James Forchione, a graduate of London College of Fashion has already carved a strong reputation among the fashion world. A regular on the front row at fashion week, James manages to effortlessly capture designers collections as they make their way down the prestigious runway. I had to know Forchiones story. I was intrigued by his ability to capture things he see's, usually within 15 seconds. This is one talented young man.
He agreed to do a quick sketch one of my designs from my Spring Summer collection. I was super excited and checked my email almost everyday to see if James had finished it. I love it and one day I will blow it up and hang it on my wall. 

My curiosity continued so I asked...

Did you go art school or is it self taught?
Yes I studied at art school before being offered a place at London College of Fashion where the tutors nurtured my skills. 

Where did your love of fashion come from?
Funnily enough I never set out to be a Fashion Illustrator, I was never really interested in fashion to be honest. I just knew I loved to sketch human anatomy with or without clothes.  My tutor advised me consider fashion illustration as a career and i have never looked back. 

Who would you like to collaborate with next?
I always say Chanel would be my dream collaboration. Fingers crossed. 

What cool campaigns have you worked on?
Hmm, well I have been fortunate to work with some great Designers and I still have to pinch myself sometimes. But My coolest would have to be Tim Hamilton in New York, this campaign is special to me because it was my first. I was still studying at university when they contacted me. 

Have you been to Australia?
I haven't unfortunately, its definitely a country i would love to visit. Lets hope work brings me out that way. I will pack my surfboard!

One thing quirky about yourself?
I have been told my eyebrows are pretty quirky, but i would say maybe my taste in eyewear. I think having a nice pair of glasses is one of the most important accessories a man can own.

Coffee or tea in the morning? 
COFFEE! I cannot function without it. 

For more quick sketches follow James @

Twitter - FashIllustrator
Instagram - thefashionillustrator


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