David Downton is one of the most famous illustrators in the fashion industry. His style could be compared to René Gruau‘s, but they are still different in some way. The brush strokes are much more visible in Downton’s work, making it more pictorial and spontaneous. He attends the Haute Couture shows and draws sketches of what he sees on the runway (his first work of that kind was for The Financial Times), just like a journalist takes notes on a notebook. The only difference is that David’s “notes” are works of art. He uses gouache, watercolour, oil stick, acrylics, and Rotring ink, his favourite. And he doesn’t post-edit the illustrations on the computer! (via). How amazing must it be to be able to paint so effortlessly.
He’s known also for his portraits. He’s drawn Michelle Obama, Cate Blanchett, Stella Tennant, Catherine Deneuve, Dita Von Teese, or the Mad Men cast. His illustrations are so revealing that they’ve even made it to the Harper’s Bazaar and Vogue‘s cover.