Thursday, 19 June 2014

Spotlight: Aaron Favaloro

Aaron Favaloro, Moschino, McDonalds, Fast Food, Christine Centenera, Hermes, Louis Vuitton, Lucky You Cleanse, Fashion illustrator, Australian, Fashion illustration


Aaron Favaloro, Moschino, McDonalds, Fast Food, Christine Centenera, Hermes, Louis Vuitton, Lucky You Cleanse, Fashion illustrator, Australian, Fashion illustration
Social media platforms not only provide a daily dose of inspiration but also introduce me to a plethora of talented people in fashion, fitness and/or beauty. This is the case for Aaron Favaloro, an Instagram famous fashion illustrator with 23K followers (and growing). One glance at his Insta feed and it becomes obvious why he gained such a large audience; his drawings are different from the rest.  

Creative, light-hearted and each with its individual quirk, Favaloro has illustrated many prominent names in fashion. His portfolio boasts famous bloggers, fashion icons, celebrities, models and runway exits from ready-to-wear and Haute Couture shows. It is his keen eye for details, intricacy and individuality that has earned Favaloro the admiration of many in the industry. 

Upon seeing his work on Instagram in 2013, I was fascinated by his talent. A year on Aaron Favaloro has become one of those in the fashion industry I respect the most. Both humble and humorous, he talks to me about his job as a fashion illustrator and not taking life too seriously. 

Aaron Favaloro, Moschino, McDonalds, Fast Food, Christine Centenera, Hermes, Louis Vuitton, Lucky You Cleanse, Fashion illustrator, Australian, Fashion illustration

His job wasn't something planned. 

"I did an illustration for my brother on the engagement card I made for them, and as I was running late I did them with no faces. I was stunned that upon me putting that illustration on Instagram I had a job request. I thought there might be something in this, so I ran with it and haven’t stopped illustrating to date."

His artist style includes faceless figures which all bare a striking resemblance to his subject whether it be the eyebrows or signature accessories. 

"The style did stem from me being unpunctual. But I did study fashion design and have always loved style and fashion. I thought wouldn’t it be cool if you could tell someone by their style and characteristics rather than identifying them by their facial features. I still am blown away how everyone can identify who I illustrate. It's a real testament to the individuals self-expression and authenticity."
Aaron Favaloro, Moschino, McDonalds, Fast Food, Christine Centenera, Hermes, Louis Vuitton, Lucky You Cleanse, Fashion illustrator, Australian, Fashion illustration
He takes inspiration from not only fashion. 

It comes from ... "I don’t know insomnia ahah! Mostly it comes from fashion yet music is a big inspiration. And also surfing, nothing beats the ocean for creative inspiration."

He branches out from the tradition tools of fashion illustration. 

"Anything and everything that creates marks on paper. I do mainly use Copic Markers yet eye shadows, watercolour and pastels all show their faces. I don’t think I could only choose one, there is so much fun to have with them all."

Aaron Favaloro, Moschino, McDonalds, Fast Food, Christine Centenera, Hermes, Louis Vuitton, Lucky You Cleanse, Fashion illustrator, Australian, Fashion illustration
His best experience is something to be proud (and envious) of. 

"I have had so many little moments to be thankful for. Sitting front row for fashion week was exciting, I was so out of my comfort zone. Yet my highlight would have to be receiving a picture of Oprah holding my illustration in her hands, I think I let out a little YEW." 

He's got grand plans for the future but refuses to be caught up in the fame. 

"There are some amazing things in the works, working with some big brands and companies! I definitely want to keep illustrating what inspires me, and having fun with it, if you can’t have a laugh then what’s the point."

Aaron Favaloro's work can be found HERE and HERE
All images belong to Aaron Favaloro. 

Aaron Favaloro, Moschino, McDonalds, Fast Food, Christine Centenera, Hermes, Louis Vuitton, Lucky You Cleanse, Fashion illustrator, Australian, Fashion illustration

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