10 Questions with thefashiondrawer
We are delighted to interview architect and illustrator Sophia Papadopoulou-Korres, aka thefashiondrawer today. She makes beautiful big eyed digital fashion illustrations on her iPhone and that was noticed on instagram by famous fashion designers as mr Edward Enninful and mr Marc Jacobs. Read the inspiring interview here!
Hi Sophia, great to have you here! Tell us something about yourself.
My name is Sophia Papadopoulou-Korres, I am an Architect , a Fashion Illustrator and a mom of two girls! In 2017, I launched thefashiondrawer.com in London, a style blog using fashion illustrations rather than photography. Besides Greece, which is my home country, I have lived in Strasbourg, New York, London, and Manchester and these days I split my time between London and Athens. I am currently working full time as an architect, but I always find time to do my illustrations as a side project.
How did you get started as an illustrator? education etc.
Somehow I have been doing this since I was eleven, when the term fashion illustration was completely unknown to me…I guess it runs in the genes, since my grandfather was an artist, and my mom inherited his skills as well… Although I own a Diploma in Architecture, and a Master’s Degree from the Architectural Association in London, when it comes to Fashion Illustration I am completely self-taught. I have huge piles of sketchbooks since I was a child, but for many years I had put all that away, as I was too engaged with my studies and my work. As I took a break from my job when I became a mother, I started to feel a bit restless, so I was looking for a new project that I could do without leaving home. So I wondered, what am I good at besides architecture? And the obvious answer was styling and illustrating! That was the beginning of thefashiondrawer (pun intended!) , a hybrid between fashion itself, and art inspired from it.
How would you describe your style?
My personal style is all about balance: sporty and feminine, classic and modern, vintage and contemporary, high and low. I swear by the power of accessories, I believe that even if you can’t afford high fashion, it is worth investing in shoes, purses and fashion jewelry as they can completely transform a look…Many looks…Infinite times! So they are worth their price. How many times are you going to wear an expensive designer dress? And I swear by stripes too! I own a trillion striped tops, they are my favorite thing (hence the logo)! Somehow, my art captures my personal style. I always draw what I would wear myself.
What’s your technical/creative process?
I don’t have a standard process, somehow my art just pours out of me…Especially when I am upset, I find it very therapeutic…I have often thought that maybe I should be a bit more organized, or have some plan about the forms I am drawing so that people know it’s me drawing them, but I just can’t, I am a true artist I guess! Although I have been drawing and painting for ages with traditional media, I am currently doing digital illustrations on my iphone (which some people find shocking because of the small size!) as it is so much less disastrous with two kids running around!
Who or what inspires you and your work?
Fashion, the obvious answer! I love fashion weeks and runways, it’s when designers do their own thing and you can see the themes right there, you just have to put them into paper (or your screen!) But I am also inspired by magazines, street style, fashion bloggers and the high street.
Which brands do you work for or do you love to work for?
I do some personal commissions, but the best thing was when a year ago L’Officiel in the Netherlands asked me to do a fashion illustration for them. I will never forget that, as it was shortly after I launched thefashiondrawer and I could not believe my luck! My work, though, is mainly about illustrating designers who inspire me, such as Gucci by Alessandro Michele , Marc Jacobs , Delpozo by Josep Font and Tibi by Amy Smilovic.
What is your favorite thing in the world to illustrate?
Again, the obvious answer would be fashion, and to be more precise, I love doing portraits at the moment, and always women. I have never drawn a man in my life, I don’t know why!
Name 3 things you can't live without?
My family, my job, and my art! (…, and my iphone, and an internet connection, am I getting too greedy here?)
Any new creative plans for 2018? expositions? books? collaborations?
I have just launched my online store though Society6 , where someone can find prints and iphone cases featuring a selection from my work. But in general, my plans are to go with the flow. A couple of years ago I was a stay -at -home mom, and I had no idea that people like Edward Enninful , Marc Jacobs or Amy Smilovic would spend even one second to notice my work. I will work as hard as I can doing what I love , and… who knows?