Arturo Elena’s Illustrations – Beautiful Traditional and Intricate Fashion Drawings
by Samantha Kate Jourdan
Arturo Elena is one of Spain’s biggest kept secrets, an illustrator who has long been working away in his homeland producing the most beautifully traditional and intricate fashion drawings.
But we don’t want him to be our secret. We think it’s about time he gets the worldwide recognition that he totally deserves! All of his work is freestyle and completed only with markers, a signature style like no other as he portrays his personalized elongated figures of fashion in elegant and sophisticated forms. Each hand- drawn character being completely individual, unique and unusually lifelike.
Arturo’s illustrative story began whilst working in the 80’s as a women and men collections designer assistant in Barcelona, it was there his true artistic flare began and his trademark identity formed. Since then he has collaborated with designers and brands such as Loewe, Chanel and Carrera y Carrera to name a few and Arturo’s Illustrations have been featured in fashion magazines such as Elle, Máxima Portugal, Angelines France, Vision China and IN Fashion Colombia. Cosmopolitan love his work so much that from 1992 to 2009 he had his Illustrations published in Cosmopolitan Spain on a monthly basis.
His agency are known for representing fashion and beauty photographers but just had to get Arturo involved as his work emits the same kind of emotion felt when admiring one of the high end fashion campaigns of a Vogue magazine. The team are proud to now have him on-board as the first internationally represented illustrator for the agency. When looking at each piece it’s hard to try and comprehend the amount of time and effort that has gone into each of his drawings, but to inspire us it only takes one look!
Arturo was recently invited by the Fashion Museum in Madrid to launch an exhibition dedicated to his 25 years as an illustrator, called “Arturo Elena: 25 years of Illustration”.