Meet Fashion Illustrator, Angelique Greaves. She took time out to speak Fashion Stylist Cian Smith, about her talent and passion as a Mentee and Illustratior.
Stylist/Mentor, Cian Smith: Congratulations on gaining a range of followers and beneficial contacts, also the completion of your fashion studies. How does it feel to be free from studying.
Angelique Greaves: Thank you. It feels amazing! I do miss my studies, especially the projects I took part in. I even contributed in an amazing fashion event. It was very rewarding as part of my studies, your never too old to learn new skills.
Stylist/Mentor, Cian Smith: What are your aspirations for the future, where can you see yourself working as a freelance fashion illustrator?
Angelique Greaves: My goals are to become a fashion illustrator, to be published in a national fashion magazine and to work alongside the large luxury brand names within the fashion industry. Ive always wanted to work in fashion ever since I was a little girl. I remember watching the Fashion TV show after show when I was young, daydreaming about my designs adorning the catwalk. At school my books were covered with all the designs, where I used to sketch away as the geography teacher lectured about the importance ofsaving paper... ...to me, my artwork was important. Having said this yes, working as a freelancer would be an exciting and fantastic opportunity.
Stylist/Mentor, Cian Smith: How would you'd describe the way you work?
Angelique Greaves: I could say I draw from inspiration, from feelings, life. I’m very inspired and always say “a little inspiration goes a long way!”. Whether its music i listen to, a photograph, a pattern, or something someone had said. I would think of a unique way to turn it into art. I love the use of colour and different medias and the fun in my illustrations. I like to put my own unique fingerprint on it. I can design anywhere and in any given time, sketching for me is like breathing, I don’t need to think about it, its a passion. My raison d'etre.
Stylist/Mentor, Cian Smith: Why do you think people are interested or attracted to your work?
Angelique Greaves: People seem to be drawn to my use of colour and range of illustrations. In a week on average I’ve produced a vast amount of illustrations, and I guess that keeps interest. I’m very flattered and surprised by the response my recent work has received! From what I can gather from the audience. My work as suprisingly attracted more comments from others.
Stylist/Mentor, Cian Smith: Illustration is a big step, have you had a chance to work with any brands or publications?
Angelique Greaves: I took part in a competition and won. One other the judges was Sir Phillip. Whist at College I did some design work for Topshop with a small group of students. I had the opportunity to take part in a competition, I'd pitch my ideas to Sir Phillip Green alongside a panel of judges. They mentionedthat they loved my use of colour and illustration skills which is a complement that helped inspire me to continue. I would love to work with more brands professionally in a heartbeat.
Stylist/Mentor, Cian Smith: Do you have any brands or publications in mind?
Angelique Greaves: Yes, Vogue, Dior, Chanel, Armani, Cosmopolitan and other alternative magazines. I would love to do illustrations for beauty and fragrance products! That would be great. My style is described to be quite original, chic and couture. Brands and publications which reflect this would be awesome to do design work for.
Stylist/Mentor, Cian Smith: When did you first realise that you wanted to become an illustrator and why?
Angelique Greaves: To be honest I was quite young. It was about ages 4, I rememberdrawing a picture of a princess (I was always drawing princesses, I loved the big ball gowns), my eldest cousin came to see me, and discovered what I was doing. She drew me an outline of a woman basic fashion illustrator style, and I did my best to copy it. She was my first role model that I looked up. She encouraged my art, criticizing with tact and complimenting when needed. My cousin shaped me and helped the little artist in me flourish. Why, I wanted to become an illustrator. I've always liked pretty and colourful things, I always saw patterns everywhere! Looking at flowers in the garden, patterns on woodwork even in the environment such as the clouds. Geography paid off. Growing up my imagination was bursting at the seams full of ideas and colour.
Stylist/Mentor, Cian Smith: What do you love the very most about sketching?
Angelique Greaves:: Now this is an easy one! I love the freedom it brings. When I’m sketching I’m in my own little artistic realm, where anything is possible and the outcome isn’t set in stone. Much of my designs seem to appear from air and brainstorming at times. I feel it was all those years dreaming of being an illustrator, it's finally coming to life. Sketching is my happy place, where I can be Angelique, fashion illustrator to the stars! I can set my own target audience, market and create models with their own unique style. I remember as child I used to sketch a model and name them, no two models where alike... that’s what I love and most of all enjoy.
Stylist/Mentor, Cian Smith: Also what do you love sketching the most on papers alone or on (live) videos for social media
Angelique Greaves:: I actually love doing both, but live videos is an exciting new challenge for me, and I've caught on quite well. I enjoy showing the audience how I create my designs, at the same time breathing life into my illustrations. I only give my audience a little teazer at a time. I like to leave a little mystery to my work.
Stylist/Mentor, Cian Smith: What would be your ideal role in the industry, as an illustrator?
Angelique Greaves:: Realistically? No role or opportunity is ideal for me, I'm quite flexible. But, if I had to coose Id like to work as a freelancer for a range of brands and publications, as I like a variety and a challenge.
Stylist/Mentor, Cian Smith: What has been the highlight of your career so far? Is there anything that you would like to change?
Angelique Greaves: So far, it would have to be Hayden Williams commenting on an illustration post, that I recently posted on my Instagram @angel.greaves I have been expressing how much of an inspiration he has been to me, and how he helped me to find my style.I’m a huge fan of his work, so for me that was a monumental moment. Surprisingly we studied in the same academy.
Stylist/Mentor, Cian Smith: Do you know of any artistic heroes who inspire you?
Angelique Greaves: Well Hayden Williams is definitely no.1 as I fell in love with his style in my late teens. Williams helped me to find my uniqueness and Im in awe of every illustration he has done so far.
Stylist/Mentor, Cian Smith: Was there anything special or unique that attract you to to their work? Are they based on the UK.
Angelique Greaves: Yes, I am based in the UK, England. Hayden Williams is a London based Fashion Illustrator who like me, started sketching at a very young age and was a fan of Disney. Another similarity is that we both studied Art and fashion at Barking and Dagenham College! For me, he’s my hero and I would love to thank him personally one day. I'm so amazed by how quickly Hayden had found success. I look at where he started and see when he is now and the name he has made for himself, I could only dream to have the same taste of success just doing what I love to do. Which is to Illustrate!
Stylist/Mentor, Cian Smith: Do you visit art galleries to gain inspiration, is this a place you would be interested in going to?
Angelique Greaves: Yes I enjoy visiting galleries in my spare time, art of all different forms inspire me greatly. From Van Gough to Matisse. Art is a big part of my design illustrations. I love to experiment with different media, texture and flowing lines, when I illustrate.
Stylist/Mentor, Cian Smith: What are your views on gallery artist work? Would you compare?
Angelique Greaves: I feel every artist is unique and have something to offer for everyone. I couldn’tcompare, individuality separates one artist from the next, that’s what makes art so beautiful.
Stylist/Mentor, Cian Smith: Do you have anything in particular in mind that you'll love to sketch this season?
Angelique Greaves: Yes! Knitwear! Its an area I’vealways wanted to work on, so yes I definitely will be creating something fluff-couture this season.
Stylist/Mentor, Cian Smith: Is there any particular designers you look forward to illustrate from or sketch?
Angelique Greaves: A few have caught my eye, Dior, Ralph Lauren, Stella McCartney, Karl Lagerfeld. My wishlist is very long.
Stylist,Mentor, Cian Smith: How long does it take you to sketch a look?
Angelique Greaves: It varies from each project illustration. Sometime I give myself to or from 20 minutes for a completed fashion/beauty sketch with all the trimmings!
Stylist/Mentor, Cian Smith: What do you think about your mentorship at @cianique1 so far?
Angelique Greaves: I love it! Its been such a wonderful experience and I look forward to our continuation of the partnership that we have. Cian Smith @cianique1 has helped me to create some of my most recent work and without her this wouldn’t be possible!
Stylist/Mentor, Cian Smith: Cian Smith is a Fashion Stylist with a wide background in fashion design, styling and marketing. What sort of things would you love to develop and work from during your time as a Mentee?
Angelique Greaves: I would love to develop a client list, and just get my work out there. I want to give my illustrations a purpose, a home. With Cian Smith’s help, I would like to learn to create a range of designs reaching a wide audience from editorial, lifestyle to makeup, it would be lovely to work with a variety of assignments.
Stylist/Mentor, Cian Smith: What is it in the garment that attracts you? What are the first things you look for?
Angelique Greaves: I would have to say the main outfit and the dress. A fabulous dress can be a memorable thing, and the talk of many decades. Pick the right dress/outfit and then everything else should fall in place naturally. No one ever said ... “hmm, what dress goes with this lipstick”. I feel it's usually accessorise last.
Stylist/Mentor, Cian Smith: Do you take any time-out to unwind? What do you do when your not sketching
Angelique Greaves: Music is my muse, and always will be! If I'm not sketching I'm thinking about how my designs would look to a particular song. Illustration is in my veins! A good book or film is another love of mine, a good rom com or comedy is sure to help me unwind. Whilst still checking out the gorgeous outfit worn by an actress in the film.
Stylist/Mentor, Cian Smith: What would be your ideal role in the industry?
Angelique Greaves: Fashion/ beauty Illustrator for a well known brand would be ideal. It would be a dream come true!
Stylist/Mentor, Cian Smith: Describe your typical day as an illustrator? Surely, no day or the same?
Angelique Greaves: Oh! Definitely not! Since working with Cian Smith, she has been keeping me very busy! Ill be sketching beauty one moment, creating inspired art, or designing luxury knitwear! Its been busy but I wouldn’t change it for anything!
Stylist/Mentor, Cian Smith: What about fashion inspired you the most?
Angelique Greaves: The versatility, and lifestyle! This sounds cliché butits fabulous! I've taken part in a few photoshoots and loved every minute of it; anything to do with clothing or style I’m there! Its just part of who I am I guess!
Stylist/Mentor, Cian Smith: How do you monetize your fashion illustration skills?
Angelique Greaves: At the moment I’mdrawing from inspiration from my favourite illustrators, beauty, brands or designers so I’veyet to monetize my work... all in good time.
Stylist/Mentor, Cian Smith: Which are three artists/illustrators or fashion designers that inspire you?