Vanichi Magazines shines the spotlight on Nadine Samarina fashion illustrations plus Fall 2015 favorites.

Vanichi Magazine shines the spotlight on Nadine Samarina fashion illustrations plus FW2015 favorites. Based in Kiev, Ukraine, this self-taught illustrator and new mother never studied art or fashion. Yet, she was always drawing since childhood. She was always influenced by her mother’s uncle, who she would watch create his oil paintings.
Through that type of nurture, the idea sparked in Nadine that she could be a professional artist. She started her illustration career two years ago and has since created engaging, modern illustrative interpretations of Viktor & Rolf, Altuzarra, Prada, Carolina Herrera, Zac Posen, Monique Lhuillier, Gucci, Dolce & Gabbana and several other collections.
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We asked her to discuss her inspirations, fashion favorites for Fall 2015 and thoughts on social media. Scroll below to get her social media links and personal website and to read the interview.

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VM. As a fashion illustrator, we know that you chronicle the runway. Yet, what aspects of fashion get you especially inspired to create?
NS: I like to find beauty in the details. That’s what excites me. From handcrafted details to accessories and make up.
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VM. What trends for Fall Winter 2015-2016 excite you the most right now?
NS: There are so many fashion trends spotted on the Fall Winter 2015 2016 fashion week runways. From 20’s boogie, 60’s hippie and 70’s chic style to Victorian and Edwardian fashion, from lace to fur and leather, from skinny high waist pants to flair trousers. Everyone can find something for themselves. I’m exciting with skinny high waist pants. I’m in love with Isabel Marant skinny high waist pants paired with comfortable knits.

I’m also wild about lace! Altuzarra, Elie Saab, Nina Ricci, Alexander McQueen, Chloe, Valentino… All of those lace dresses and lace details cast a spell. Also, personally, nerdy style works great! From Gucci to Prada. I also like the sexy librarian look of Max Mara.
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VM. How did you discover your love for fashion illustration?
NS: As a child I used to copy clothes and styling from the pages of my mom’s magazines. I even tried to create my own clothing line. After studying marketing at university, I began to understand I wanted to be an artist and more specifically, an illustrator. I started out first as general illustrator. I tried to create funny illustrations with animals. Yet, over time I found passion in fashion illustration. It’s all thanks to social media and illustrators like Katie Rodgers and David Downtown. Through social media, I got inspired to explore fashion illustration and everything from fashion portraits to runway illustrations. Now I know that I love it and I see myself in fashion illustration.


VM. Are there any designers, iconic or new, that always get your attention?
NS: Of course. I always get excited about Valentino, D&G, Elie Saab, Gucci and Balmain. I don’t know why. They just capture my heart. I especially love the details of these designers put into every piece.

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VM. Do you think social media has had an affect on the fashion illustration industry? If so, how?
NS: Yes! I fell in love with fashion illustrations thanks to Instagram. You can find a lot of fashion illustrators in social media…famous and not. As for me, social media helps to develop fashion illustration industry and helps fashion illustrators to find inspiration.

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Based in Kiev, Ukraine, Nadine Samarina is a self-taught fashion illustrator whose hobby became her passion.

VM. What media do you use for your work?

NS: I like to mix different pens and materials for my illustrations. I prefer to experiment and try something new. I use watercolor, gouache, acryl gouache, acrylic, markers and liners. I use Sakura Pigma Micron pens. Pigma ink doesn’t feather or bleed even through the thinnest paper. I adore Faber Castel PITT artist pens. I also use Letraset Promarkers and TRIA markers. My newest love is Turner acryl gouache.

After drawing on paper, I work with illustrations in Photoshop. I clean it and add some details. Sometimes I draw in Photoshop or Illustrator but, now that I have a two-month old son I rarely have time for that. So right now, micron pens, faber castel pitt artist pen and my iPhone are my tools.

VM. What advice do you have for someone looking to start a career in fashion illustration?

NS: Always develop yourself. Don’t be afraid to make a mistake. Any art has the right to exist. And there is always someone who will appreciate your work. Just keep working!