Isabelle Feliu’s illustrations are a representation of her personality, as well as her past and present.
The illustrator is from Quebec City, Canada, but now resides in Oslo, Norway. This move, and the travelling she experienced as a child have filtered into her worldly illustration style. “I was lucky enough to travel a lot; my mother being from Honduras meant I had the chance to discover that country at an early age. I believe it has a huge influence on the tropical vibe of my illustrations.”
Illustration as a creative outlet wasn’t the career path Isabelle expected to take. Her mum was a seamstress, “who encouraged me to design my own clothes that she would then make,” resulting in a fondness for fashion. “I became serious about pursuing a career in fashion later on, when I studied fashion design and merchandising in Montreal I wasn’t sure about what exactly I wanted to do; I had always loved drawing and even if I should logically thought of pursuing fashion illustration, it somehow didn’t seem possible at that moment.”
A year and a half ago Isabelle moved to Oslo and found herself with free time on her hands. “I started considering the possibility of being a fashion illustrator. I am still new to this, but since then I had the chance to work for some amazing brands like Puma, Whit NY and Soi Paris.” The success of Isabelle’s illustrations reside in their fashionable but personable feel. “I like to think of my work as showing the fun and easy-going side of fashion by illustrating diverse feminine figures enjoying their clothes in different narratives. I like my characters to look odd and different, with exaggerated proportions. I am hoping it can somehow send a positive message about body diversity.”
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