Aaron has the fashion industry in love with his unique fashion illustrations. Loved and respected by all. He rose to fame with his unique fashion illustrations via social media.
Aaron has worked for the biggest names such as Swarovski, shop bop, jack London, Topshop, Tolls Royce and Harper’s Bazaar just to name a few. You’ll find him surfing on the northern beaches enjoying a good red wine with his lunch when he is not sketching away!
Fact- He has a twin brother!
What did you want to be when you were growing up? Did it always involve fashion or was that something that appeared later on in life?
For as long as I can remember I have always loved fashion and from a young age I had this dream of being a fashion designer, I’m not sure where the love for fashion came from as my parents aren't into fashion at all, yet that love for fashion has stuck with me, I can’t seem to shake it off.
Originally you studied Fashion design, how did you end up becoming an internationally recognised fashion illustrator?
I originally studied Fashion design here in Sydney after High school yet quickly realised that sewing was not my strongest suit so I diverted from study into Visual Merchandising with David Jones, where I resided for nearly 9 years. I kind of fell into illustration, a friend had told me about Instagram and I was immediately addicted! I posted a little illustration of a card I did for my brothers anniversary and as I was running late I left the faces off the illustration, I posted it on Instagram and from that received my first job, I just thought “ lets give illustration ago” and since then haven’t looked back. I have to keep pinching myself that this is my job, I have meet some incredible people through Instagram it has truly been a dream!
On average, how long does it take for you to produce an picture?
On average for a private commission about 6 hours and then for a big job, I have spent a few months on illustrations, it just depends on the brief and what the job entails.
So I noticed on your instagram that you were using eyeshadow in an illustration - unexpected by rather ingenious. What are you favourite mediums to work in?
Oh thank you so much, I do love to use eyeshadows in alot of my works. I have this MAC palette that has every colour under the sun, so I do love to use eyeshadows as it gives such an amazing powdery finish. A few of my other favourite mediums are Copic Markers, water colours and pan pastels, I love using a little of everything there are so many incredible options out there its so hard to not want to try them all ahaha I am like a kid in a candy store.
Your pieces are altogether delightful, but how would you describe your style of drawing?
I think my work lends itself to not being to serious with a focus on fashion, and I love that, delightful ahah I may just steal that, thank you.
It’s well known that you have a pretty impressive hoard of celebrity fans and rightly so! How does it feel to have your talent acknowledged by such prolific social figures?
It still blows me away, it is crazy how social media truly connects the world in so many ways, having my work seen by incredibly talented people who inspire me is crazy, I don’t think I will ever get use to it.
Who or what would you name as strong creative influences/inspirations?
There are some incredible illustrators on Instagram who I love to follow yet my main inspiration comes from fashion, I love following the insane stylist @juneambrose and also Olivier Rousteing for all his incredible designs. Stalking Creatives on Instagram I find very inspiring and keeps me thinking of new ways I could capture an illustration or design.
What is it that you enjoy most about creating fashion illustrations?
I Love being able to zone out and illustrate a moment of incredible style or fashion and having that piece immortalised for a time. Its my way of keeping a memory, others take photos whilst I sketch, although I am struggling to store them all, Im slowly turning into a hoarder aha
What are you most looking forward to at the moment?
Oh I think first on that list is a massive break, other that that I’m really looking forward to a fresh start and taking things in 2016 to a whole new level, I can’t wait to share what’s to come,
Thank you so much for this interview has been a joy.