Lucy Dray – Draw Talk: Illustrating Fashion – 17 November 2016



One of life’s great survivors who had the ability and talent to turn her career into new directions as opportunities changed in the work place. 

Started life as an illustrator for various magazines with commissions coming thick and fast. Drawings were completed with crayons and the style was detailed and clearly time consuming.  When computers took off she found herself without work and re-invented her drawing style, via an MA into a looser, freer style and began drawing models on the catwalk for top fashion brands. 




Her catwalk drawings are expressive and free flowing with a beautiful colour sense that captures the movement of the model and the essence of the collection.




More recently Sue has moved into drawing on an ipad  the drawings of which take advantage of the flexibility on decision making of each line and the colour laid down.



iPad drawing



Sue Dray’s signature style combines strong lines with painterly textures and bright, contrasting colours. She currently draws backstage for Vivienne Westwood and Andrew Logan’s ‘Alternative Miss World’.

Sue made her name illustrating for groundbreaking feminist publications Spare Rib and The Women’s Press, now archived in The British Library and the Victoria & Albert museum. Through the 80s she contributed to Gay Mens Press and Gay Pied in Paris, and drew backstage at Soho’s infamous cabaret den, Madame JoJo’s. High profile clients includes Marks and Spencer, Liberty, Johnnie Walker, Sainsburys, British Rail, South Bank Arts Centre, Swatch and Arts Council. Sue’s work has been published in Sunday Times, Cosmopolian, Time Out, Fashion Weekly, Elle, New Scientist and The Observer.  Sue currently draws exclusively live from the catwalk working in the moment and her focus is on the haptic of creating. She quotes her studio as being the runway.

Sue’s presentation will be followed by a discussion chaired by Tania Kovats, Course Director, MA Drawing.

Prior to attending the event, as an introduction to fashion illustration, participants are invited to watch this short film, made by Sue Dray,showing the teaching style of Neil Gilkes working at Central St Martins.


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