Professional Fashion Illustrator Jennifer Lilya at home in her gorgeous NYC art studio.
Five Quick Stats with FABU Fashion Illustrator Jennifer Lilya:
1. Vintage Halston or Bob Mackie circa 1978?? Halston all the way!
2. The Hustle or The Tango?
The Hustle- I’m a dancing queen.
3. Sunshine on your shoulder or Rainy afternoons?
Sunshine all day, every day!
4. Best Make Out Song ever Written?
‘Do Me Baby’ by Prince. A little more than making out, but it’s Prince!
With clients including Elle, WWD, Dolce & Gabbana & Katy Perry (just to name a few)..you have reached a level of success that most illustrators only dream about!! Was this journey always your lifelong dream? Did you always imagine such mega success?
It’s totally cheeseball, but ever since I was a little girl, all I wanted to do was draw pretty pictures. I always had a fantasy of mega-success, but achieving it is another story. I’ve worked my butt off & I’ve been lucky so far, but there’s still a ton of work I want to do!
I love the femininity of your illustrations & the happiness they exude. They are all at once modern & fresh as well as vintage & classic !! I read that you are a huge Audrey Hepburn fan (a fact we both share!) Do you often find yourself seeking inspiration from days gone by & the more ladylike times of the 50’s?
Thanks! I adore Audrey- she’s such the style icon. I love the silhouettes (and illustrations) of the 50s & 60s- classic & girly. Also the great lines & fun looks of the 60s. While my work is current with each season, I definitely draw most of my inspiration from the past. I’m insanely inspired by 1980s looks, music & art.
The FUN you experience while creating is clearly evident within your beautiful creations!! After all these years, is it still a means of escape for you? And what are some of your hobbies when you’re away from the Art Studio??
It’s all about fun & fitting in my clients’ needs within that. It’s what I do almost every day, so it’s not so much escaping, but just living life pretty awesomely through art. If I wasn’t having fun doing it, my art wouldn’t look the way it does.
Hobbies? A huge hobby of mine is collage- that’s actually a means of escape because it’s so different from illustration. Taking tiny pieces of color & texture & type, then turning that into a final beautiful product that tells little funny stories- I can get lost in it for hours and days. Outside of my studio I love going to rock shows, gallery shows/museums, going to the beach all summer long, camping, having game nights with friends, spending time with my husband, as well as visiting family & friends in CT.
Speaking of art studio…your space looks FABULOUS!!! Tell us a bit about your new diggs!!! And I read that you are the proud owner of a “lovingly mean” chihuahua. What’s his name & Is he your studio buddy??
Thanks! We had to move unexpectedly in February since our landlord was awful & rain was literally leaking into my studio ceiling. This is the first place we saw & fell in love with it. My studio is filled with sunshine & plenty of space to work & store all of my supplies. It’s still a work in progress, but give it a year from now & the walls will be filled with more art & notes & random bits of inspiration.
Tweak is my 12 year old Chihuahua. He loves me, a few friends & pretty much hates anything else that gets in his way. It’s pretty hysterical since he’s so tiny & cute. He was an abused rescue, so he’s had trust issues since we adopted him at 8 months, but he’s my pal. He follows me everywhere, hangs out under my drawing table or sunbathes in the middle of my studio every afternoon. I also spoil him beyond belief.
Where can we find more Jennifer Lilya magnificence for Spring/Summer 2012? We don’t want to miss a thing…
I’m currently working with a few interesting clients on their logos & blog art. I was just asked to do more live sketching events for Stila Cosmetics across the US. I’ll be posting those dates as everything is finalized. I’m also part of a big fashion illustration exhibit this fall- details on that to follow shortly!
thank you Jennifer! YOU are so inspiring & motivating!
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GOGOGO!! xo Birdee