British illustrator Laura Quick has been capturing the worlds of fashion and culture with her quick-witted pen strokes
for quite a few years now. Garage magazine, Hermès, BBC, AnOther magazine and The Royal Opera House included. Her live
drawings from the front row hark back to a time before commercial photography, when editors would rapidly sketch key
looks at they swept past on the runway.
still come from these same interests. I want to draw people and their lives. To capture them. When I draw in the context of fashion, although the clothes are the focus, it’s the person wearing them that brings it all to life.
WHEN I’M DRAWING FROM THE FRONT ROW
I aim to be prolific. Normally I have about 5-7 seconds to draw a model as they walk towards me, so I have stopped trying to look at the paper as much. Instead I stare at the model I am drawing and I rely (or at least hope) on my eye connecting to my brain effectively: that my brain tells my hand and my pen what to do on the paper.
I may get about 20 drawings at a show like the Joseph AW17, and I’ll use about 5-10. I take them to my studio and add in elements like colour or detail (buttons, collars, cuffs, the odd face) But I don’t re-draw them completely. I used to do that but I realised the flaws and imperfections from the live drawings were an inherent part of the image.