Marcus Kan continues his talent scouting: I still remembered when I first saw Michael Sanderson’s fashion illustrations, I was very attracted to them because of the fresh and creative drawing styles.
The images are very stylish and modern and today I am excited to let you know this talented artist.
MK: Hi Michael, I am glad to be able to interview you again and this time is on Swide! So, please let the readers know, what drew you to become a fashion illustrator?
MS: I actually started out wanting to design video games, when showing my character sketches around at various art schools, The emphasis and positive feedback was always on the clothes, so after a summer of research and experimentation, I developed an understanding and appreciation of the industry and discovered parallels between fashion and video games-- designers against designers, playing with models trying to get the highest Score...
MK: I would love to see if you use the works you have right now to develop a video game. I think it will be amazing. If you need to differentiate yourself from other illustrators, what illustrating element do you think is your trademark? Why?
MS: Being current, I research more than I draw. Always reading, looking and recording-- I think my work tends to be on trend a lot more so than others. Like I think beyond the 60's and 80's and look more into other aspects of culture like indie rock or films to stray away from illustrating generic "fashion" illustrations. I'm more interested in the culture at large.
MK: On trend is something I can see from you works and I am also loving how you mix and math the clothing for your characters. Well, as I have seen on your site, you draw both fashion models and products (perfume bottle, cups etc). Which one do you like to draw more?
MS: I enjoy models for sure, I have my own roster of models I use, they each have their own personalities and represent different niches of the market. MK: Your answer just leads to my next question. If you need to create an illustrated character for Dolce & Gabbana collection, what kind of quality will this character have? Why?
MS: I see the Dolce & Gabbana man as a man of tradition, and I think this would be reflected in his appearance as well... I also just assume he's probably British for some reason... not sure why though.
MK: I did not expect you say British but it sounds interesting to me. Last but not least, how will you describe the latest Dolce & Gabbana F/W 2011 collection? Which piece do you think is the must have for this season?
MS: I'm a sucker for suspenders, and mixing textures to play up my general neutral wardrobe, I dig it.
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