I came across the work of Illustrator Michael Sanderson last week on Pinterest and immediately fell in love with his unique style of fashion illustration. Sanderson is a Portland-based creative illustrator and designer. He writes,
A concentration on fashion & retail and a firm understanding of current photography standards sets the tone of Michael Sanderson’s primary aesthetic–An amalgamation of a photographer’s eye and an artist’s hand. Research also plays a pivotal role in the work, keeping up with cultural & contemporary design trends while considering the lasting potential of creative choices, lend in the creation of edgy yet timeless concepts.
Another blog writes that when Sanderson was accepted to the Art Institute of Chicago, the Colorado native dropped out of high school to pursue a fashion design degree. Later, after landing his first major client, Sanderson left the Art Institute to start his own independent design career. It’s interesting to see the path artists/designers take to become established. There really is no set path to take, you just need talent and passion. Design school isn’t necessarily the golden ticket it’s promised to be, there are other routes to success!
Enjoy a collection of Sanderson’s work, check out his website (here), and follow him on tumblr (here). I’m truly in love with the Portland/outdoorsy aesthetic of his tumblr so lots of great collected inspiration there.
Gentlemen prefer Kiehl’s – Michael Sanderson for Keihl’s.
Really love this series.
Sanderson has a whole series of illustrated products that I’m so in love with.
I think they’re self-initiated projects, maybe products he loves?
I like that Sanderson does so much men’s fashion illustration.
The characters in his illustrations all look so hip, woodsy and cool. Great style.
As I’m writing this from the Outer Banks of NC this week, I hope everyone gets a chance to go outside and explore look for inspiration.
A quick screen shot of Sanderson’s tumblr. Get into it (here).