I'm Silvana Mariani, a Digital Designer and Creative Consultant based in Milan, Italy. I'm the creative behind Open Toe Illustration. All Open Toe illustrations are sketched with SketchBook Pro on an iPad mini with Wacom Intuos Creative Stylus. At the moment I'm working in team on the new digital identity of EXPO Milano2015. My inspiration for illustration comes from the allure of fashion design. It's part visual attraction, part fashion factor, part costume and culture.
The most important thing about fashion illustration is the feeling, first of all. It's less about composition or rendering than other kinds of illustration, and more about communication and reporting. It's about capturing trends, events, and people.
I have a crush for many different designers, usually for their genius or just the concept of their last collection. Sometimes because I simply like how they dress and style their models! A few of my favorite brands are Chanel, Lanvin, Margiela, Gucci, Etro, Alberta Ferretti, Tabitha Simmons, ...
Every moment is a good moment for my kind of illustration, but I used to work in the evening when everything calm down. With an americano or tea at my side: it helps me give rhythm to my work.