Born and raised along with a trio of brothers in a small country town outside of Atlanta, Georgia, illustrator Katie Rodgers frequently escaped into sketchbooks and canvases where she found joy painting colorful watercolor fashions and expressions of beauty through the female form. Her depictions of luxurious dresses and flowing hairstyles were a far cry from the reality of her rural surroundings, but it was this outsider’s perspective that ended up being her greatest asset.
Completely undeterred from the chance to experience the fashion runways of New York, London, Milan, or Paris first-hand, Rodgers instead turned to magazines and her dynamic imagination to create her own styles.
After she graduated with a degree in industrial design from Carnegie Mellon, Rodgers found her attention continually drawn back to fashion illustration despite the demands of her new design career. As an outlet for her illustration hobby she launched Paper Fashion in 2009, a website where she shared her mixed-media designs that incorporate everything from paper, paint, sequins, textiles, egg shells, watercolor, marker, pencil, and any material necessary to give her illustrations texture and depth.
The response from the fashion community was immediate and it wasn’t long before she was selling work and original prints, and soon the brands came knocking. Within two years of sharing her work online Rodgers was working for Cartier, Swarovski, Glamour Magazine, Elle, Lacoste, Coach, and a host of other fashion outlets looking for her fresh visual perspective on an industry where illustration techniques can often blend together.
For this post, Colossal partnered with Winsor & Newton to bring you a series of illustrations by Rodgers rendered with a new line of Pigment Markers. Based on pigments instead of dyes, the non-fade markers promise to remain vivid under normal gallery conditions for a century. “I love that the pigment markers feel and work like paint,” Rodgers shares. “It’s amazing how you can rework the markers over and over as you go, even after they’ve dried.”
Katie’s work is being exhibited on 13th October at the Society of Illustrators gallery in New York and then in London and Paris as part of the Winsor and Newton launch campaign: Colour Your City, showcasing artwork from artists and illustrators all over the world, using the first ever Pigment Marker.
Perfect for illustrators, designers and fine artists, Winsor & Newton Pigment Markers deliver beautiful pigmented colors that are guaranteed to be lightfast for 100 years. For more information visit winsornewton.com or follow @pigmentmarker.
This post is sponsored by Winsor & Newton Pigment Markers.