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Samuel (@samuelharrisonart) is currently traveling through Southeast Asia – away from his studio for the first time – to experience a new environment. “It's been scary,” says the fashion illustrator. “I've been in very temporary spaces, a lot of times in hostels and places where you can't get a quiet moment on your own. I think that's why I started using flowers and collage in my work more recently. Because it's a fast way of working.”
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It’s also what he’s been surrounded by. “I was seeing a lot of fabrics, patterns, texture, especially when I was in Laos and Cambodia,” says Samuel. “I wasn't really concerned with pattern before – I found it a bit too hectic. Now I'm excited to see how chaotic my work could get, in terms of the patterns and the composition and fabrics and things like that.”
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Samuel, whose work initially caught the attention of fashion photographer Nick Knight, encourages all aspiring artists to share their work. “Post it online. Post it anywhere you want. Just keep creating things and show it to people.”
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See more of @samuelharrisonart’s story on @vogue.

2019-02-17 16:59

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6 of 6 Samuel (@samuelharrisonart) is currently traveling through Southeast Asia – away from his studio for the first time – to experience a new environment. “It's been scary,” says the fashion illustrator. “I've been in very temporary spaces, a lot of times in hostels and places where you can't get a quiet moment on your own. I think that's why I started using flowers and collage in my work more recently. Because it's a fast way of working.” ⠀ It’s also what he’s been surrounded by. “I was seeing a lot of fabrics, patterns, texture, especially when I was in Laos and Cambodia,” says Samuel. “I wasn't really concerned with pattern before – I found it a bit too hectic. Now I'm excited to see how chaotic my work could get, in terms of the patterns and the composition and fabrics and things like that.” ⠀ Samuel, whose work initially caught the attention of fashion photographer Nick Knight, encourages all aspiring artists to share their work. “Post it online. Post it anywhere you want. Just keep creating things and show it to people.” ⠀ See more of @samuelharrisonart’s story on @vogue.

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Follow London-based fashion illustrator @samuelharrisonart’s story this week.
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“This year especially I was talking to a lot of artists and illustrators about race, and how we as artists should present that in a work.
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“It had been on my mind a lot because I hadn't been using skin tones at all. I'd been leaving it blank and in my mind I was leaving the ethnicities ambiguous, but in reality it was the easier option not to put skin tone onto the faces, technique-wise. With everything going on this year, I felt a responsibility not to leave that out.
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“I felt like, looking at my work, you wouldn't know my position. I felt like it was kind of a responsibility as an artist to sculpt the world you want to live in. You do that through what you put out there.”

2019-02-16 16:58

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5 of 6 Follow London-based fashion illustrator @samuelharrisonart’s story this week. ⠀ “This year especially I was talking to a lot of artists and illustrators about race, and how we as artists should present that in a work. ⠀ “It had been on my mind a lot because I hadn't been using skin tones at all. I'd been leaving it blank and in my mind I was leaving the ethnicities ambiguous, but in reality it was the easier option not to put skin tone onto the faces, technique-wise. With everything going on this year, I felt a responsibility not to leave that out. ⠀ “I felt like, looking at my work, you wouldn't know my position. I felt like it was kind of a responsibility as an artist to sculpt the world you want to live in. You do that through what you put out there.”

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“The most challenging aspect of my work would probably be illustrating garments that actually exist. I find that quite difficult because I really do enjoy the freedom of letting an illustration or a piece of work create itself.
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“You have no boundaries as to how much fabric you can add here, how much paint over here. You can be as excessive as you want.“

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4 of 6 Follow London-based fashion illustrator @samuelharrisonart’s story this week. ⠀ “The most challenging aspect of my work would probably be illustrating garments that actually exist. I find that quite difficult because I really do enjoy the freedom of letting an illustration or a piece of work create itself. ⠀ “You have no boundaries as to how much fabric you can add here, how much paint over here. You can be as excessive as you want.“

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“First I draw a face and a very elongated neck, and then I add in gestural lines to figure out the spacing of how I would want fabric to move around this face. Once I've got some gestural lines in, I spend a long time creating detailed pencil drawings of the fabric and the twists and the knots. That process can take quite a long time and it's very laborious because it's very detailed.
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“Once the pencil drawing and the figure is finished, the process of adding the watercolour to the fabric drawing is very spontaneous. There's lots of movement and energy to it. I think this contrast in process exaggerates the movement captured in the drawing. By putting something really fluid and splashy on top, it brings to life the very still drawing.”

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3 of 6 Follow London-based fashion illustrator @samuelharrisonart’s story this week. ⠀ “First I draw a face and a very elongated neck, and then I add in gestural lines to figure out the spacing of how I would want fabric to move around this face. Once I've got some gestural lines in, I spend a long time creating detailed pencil drawings of the fabric and the twists and the knots. That process can take quite a long time and it's very laborious because it's very detailed. ⠀ “Once the pencil drawing and the figure is finished, the process of adding the watercolour to the fabric drawing is very spontaneous. There's lots of movement and energy to it. I think this contrast in process exaggerates the movement captured in the drawing. By putting something really fluid and splashy on top, it brings to life the very still drawing.”

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“I love dressing for winter. Layering loads of layers – the more fabric, the better. Big, huge coats. I've got a huge leather collection.
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“Also, even just clubbing. Drag can be really fun and empowering. The change in somebody's whole vibe, by putting on makeup, beautiful outfits and a wig, it's just really exciting. Drag is really fun and, again, it's the exploration of a fantasy.”

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2 of 6 Follow London-based fashion illustrator @samuelharrisonart’s story this week. ⠀ “I love dressing for winter. Layering loads of layers – the more fabric, the better. Big, huge coats. I've got a huge leather collection. ⠀ “Also, even just clubbing. Drag can be really fun and empowering. The change in somebody's whole vibe, by putting on makeup, beautiful outfits and a wig, it's just really exciting. Drag is really fun and, again, it's the exploration of a fantasy.”

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Samuel Harrison (@samuelharrisonart) thinks we could all use a little more opulence these days. “I like the idea of being able to present opulence, no matter your actual financial situation,” he says. “Creating your own fantasy is really exciting.”
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Samuel explores this idea through his illustrations, characterised by their dramatic gesture lines and touches of glitter. The process is intensive – but it’s what drew Samuel to drawing in the first place. “It’s very therapeutic. You’re creating something from nothing,” says the London-based 24-year-old. “I’m interested in the way fabric can move around a figure, and how a garment can have areas of tension and release through twists and knots. And how I can capture that.”
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Follow @samuelharrisonart’s story this week on @vogue.

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1 of 6 Samuel Harrison (@samuelharrisonart) thinks we could all use a little more opulence these days. “I like the idea of being able to present opulence, no matter your actual financial situation,” he says. “Creating your own fantasy is really exciting.” ⠀ Samuel explores this idea through his illustrations, characterised by their dramatic gesture lines and touches of glitter. The process is intensive – but it’s what drew Samuel to drawing in the first place. “It’s very therapeutic. You’re creating something from nothing,” says the London-based 24-year-old. “I’m interested in the way fabric can move around a figure, and how a garment can have areas of tension and release through twists and knots. And how I can capture that.” ⠀ Follow @samuelharrisonart’s story this week on @vogue.

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Freedom is an issue that model and skateboarder Danielle Melendez (@ny_art_dee) tackles today. “As a kid, I continuously got street-casted walking through NYC. So as I grew a little older, I wanted to pursue modelling,” she says, before reminding us about the power of individuality. “Being loud, proud and Latina helped me become super-confident and thankful for not being afraid of such a competitive industry, where your face, body and look are judged before personality.”
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Disrupting gender stereotypes in the male-dominated skateboarding world, Melendez knows the importance of building a supportive environment in which diversity matters. “Do not ever feel afraid to be yourself, because that’s all you have to leave in this world. Everyone will remember you for being true to who you are.”
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See more of New York-based model and skateboarder @ny_art_dee’s story on @vogue.

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6 of 6 Freedom is an issue that model and skateboarder Danielle Melendez (@ny_art_dee) tackles today. “As a kid, I continuously got street-casted walking through NYC. So as I grew a little older, I wanted to pursue modelling,” she says, before reminding us about the power of individuality. “Being loud, proud and Latina helped me become super-confident and thankful for not being afraid of such a competitive industry, where your face, body and look are judged before personality.” ⠀ Disrupting gender stereotypes in the male-dominated skateboarding world, Melendez knows the importance of building a supportive environment in which diversity matters. “Do not ever feel afraid to be yourself, because that’s all you have to leave in this world. Everyone will remember you for being true to who you are.” ⠀ See more of New York-based model and skateboarder @ny_art_dee’s story on @vogue.

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Follow New York-based model and skateboarder @ny_art_dee’s story this week.
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“Skateboarding taught me many lessons – especially patience, because it takes so many tries to land one trick. The constant falling, breaking bones, breaking spirits, breaking every inch of your mental health just for the sake of landing the trick, really can get to you. But something eventually just clicks and then the most euphoric feeling hits; the land. Once the land happens, nothing else matters. It’s like a fireworks show, you can’t stop replaying it in your head.
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“Skateboarding helped me endure patience and pain, and I use it as a power to rise, because as a woman, especially in the fashion world, rejection is the most common experience when trying to rise to the top.”

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5 of 6 Follow New York-based model and skateboarder @ny_art_dee’s story this week. ⠀ “Skateboarding taught me many lessons – especially patience, because it takes so many tries to land one trick. The constant falling, breaking bones, breaking spirits, breaking every inch of your mental health just for the sake of landing the trick, really can get to you. But something eventually just clicks and then the most euphoric feeling hits; the land. Once the land happens, nothing else matters. It’s like a fireworks show, you can’t stop replaying it in your head. ⠀ “Skateboarding helped me endure patience and pain, and I use it as a power to rise, because as a woman, especially in the fashion world, rejection is the most common experience when trying to rise to the top.”

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Follow New York-based model and skateboarder @ny_art_dee’s story this week.
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“The first time I skateboarded, I got three feet away and fell right on my ass, but I got back up really fast.
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“Skateboarding influenced my ability to challenge myself more. Skateboarding is like art, it’s the most freeing aspect of life. It teaches me every day that no matter how many times I fall, I will get back up and each fall is just one step away from the land of success. I thank skateboarding every day for creating such a fearless woman.”

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4 of 6 Follow New York-based model and skateboarder @ny_art_dee’s story this week. ⠀ “The first time I skateboarded, I got three feet away and fell right on my ass, but I got back up really fast. ⠀ “Skateboarding influenced my ability to challenge myself more. Skateboarding is like art, it’s the most freeing aspect of life. It teaches me every day that no matter how many times I fall, I will get back up and each fall is just one step away from the land of success. I thank skateboarding every day for creating such a fearless woman.”

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“Growing up, I never wanted to fit in and, still to this day, I want to spread my invisible wings and show the world what I am: unafraid of being different.
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“I don’t describe myself as anything. I hate labels. A label is just a word that’s used to tell people who they should be instead of who they are. Gender is whatever you want it to be. I support everyone, no matter how they identify.”

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3 of 6 Follow New York-based model and skateboarder @ny_art_dee’s story this week. ⠀ “Growing up, I never wanted to fit in and, still to this day, I want to spread my invisible wings and show the world what I am: unafraid of being different. ⠀ “I don’t describe myself as anything. I hate labels. A label is just a word that’s used to tell people who they should be instead of who they are. Gender is whatever you want it to be. I support everyone, no matter how they identify.”

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“Backtracking to being a Catholic schoolgirl, I didn’t have much style because I wore the same clothes every day, but I did have a rebellious side and decided to get my nose pierced, which wasn’t allowed.
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“Skateboarding definitely changed my entire wardrobe and style, and as I continued to grow in this lifestyle, wearing some of the most risqué clothing items while skating and some of the most boyish clothing options when I felt like being casual, it helped me discover how much I love fashion.”

2019-02-06 16:59

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2 of 6 Follow New York-based model and skateboarder @ny_art_dee’s story this week. ⠀ “Backtracking to being a Catholic schoolgirl, I didn’t have much style because I wore the same clothes every day, but I did have a rebellious side and decided to get my nose pierced, which wasn’t allowed. ⠀ “Skateboarding definitely changed my entire wardrobe and style, and as I continued to grow in this lifestyle, wearing some of the most risqué clothing items while skating and some of the most boyish clothing options when I felt like being casual, it helped me discover how much I love fashion.”

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“Skateboarding changed me into a woman who is not only strong but almost fearless.” When New York-based model Danielle Melendez (@ny_art_dee) discovered skateboarding, she used to be the only girl at the skatepark. “Before I knew any girls in skateboarding, I was definitely a bit lonely. I wasn’t afraid of any of the men, I just wanted to get better and be treated equally,” she explains.
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At 19 she started modelling, but took three years to land her dream jobs. “Growing up in an all-woman household definitely taught me to be unafraid of the world and how powerful female energy truly is,” says the Lower East Side native. Danielle dreams of a more inclusive fashion industry. “I want to be a woman that helps break norms and continue to produce something completely different from what I have already done. I want to be the chameleon model, to be able to dress in anything and kill it.”
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Follow New York-based model and skateboarder @ny_art_dee’s story this week.

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1 of 6 “Skateboarding changed me into a woman who is not only strong but almost fearless.” When New York-based model Danielle Melendez (@ny_art_dee) discovered skateboarding, she used to be the only girl at the skatepark. “Before I knew any girls in skateboarding, I was definitely a bit lonely. I wasn’t afraid of any of the men, I just wanted to get better and be treated equally,” she explains. ⠀ At 19 she started modelling, but took three years to land her dream jobs. “Growing up in an all-woman household definitely taught me to be unafraid of the world and how powerful female energy truly is,” says the Lower East Side native. Danielle dreams of a more inclusive fashion industry. “I want to be a woman that helps break norms and continue to produce something completely different from what I have already done. I want to be the chameleon model, to be able to dress in anything and kill it.” ⠀ Follow New York-based model and skateboarder @ny_art_dee’s story this week.

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