You have probably seen David Downton’s work endlessly without perhaps stopping to consider it fully. He is a remarkable illustrator, primarily for the fashion world, working on catalogues, advertising campaignes, mangazine articles…etc
Artists with an emphasis on line tend to be of less interest to me, just for fairly arbitrary reasons of taste, but Downton’s line is captivating. Elegence, grace and liveliness keep the eye entertained, making his work a natural choice to promote fashion.
What is so remarkable in his work is how effortlessly he captures exactly what is needed to give a likeness or sense of a fashion item, with such economy of brushwork. This, combined with a tremendous sense of design, makes his work every bit as interesting as work that calls itself ‘fine art’ rather than illustration.