Tony Viramontes

Tony was one of the world’s most  aspiring fashion illustrator’s, until his untimely demise at the age of 28 in 1988.  His work is greatly influenced by Picasso, Manet, Matisse and Egon Schiele.

Fashion illustration always interests me because it IS illustration, but with such vast differences in priorities it almost becomes a whole new art in itself. Most illustrators cannot do great fashion illustrations (though almost every one of them will insist they can), and most fashion illustrators could not make it in the standard illustration business. I think fashion illustration is pure aesthetics – everything is idealized and graceful, selling you beauty even if not in an advertisement directly. It is from these illustrations, way back in the “golden age” of illustration where advertisements were only drawn and not photographed (and even preferred over photographs), where the two fields began to split – but to say one has not influenced the other is just ignorance.

Anyways, take a look at this art.

No website, but Google has a few more images, though sadly, most are far too small for good viewing 😦


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