Armenian illustrator Edgar Artis playfully combines his pencil-drawn fashion illustrations with real life, miscellaneous objects. His work to date includes food art masterpieces such as a magnificent spaghetti ball gown, and a kiwi cocktail dress. Other great examples include an elegant gown rendered from colored pencil shavings, and a puffy princess dress made from cotton wool balls. Artis’ most recent work continues to incorporate a wide range of found objects, which are cleverly positioned on hand-drawn, posing models to create three-dimensional ensembles worthy of the catwalk.
From an asymmetric banana skin dress, to a frock made from elements of an entire cheeseburger, Artis is never short of inspiration, often finding it in the most unlikely places. In addition to sharing his whimsical sense of humor, the artist also aims to spread positive messages to his 700,000+ Instagram followers. In one particular piece titled Transformation, Artis uses inside-out lychee skin to create an elegant poncho. He was prompted to produce his unexpected illustration after becoming “really tired of princess dresses.” He explains: “I’m tired of seeing people who think princess stuff is beauty and perfection. I created a contemporary design which hides a beautiful message behind… It reminds me of a caterpillar who is about to transform into a beautiful butterfly and fly. Many people are afraid or shy of showing to everyone what they are capable of. Same situation was with me. Here is my advice, don’t ever ever be shy or afraid, open your beautiful world and show them who you are!”
Keep up to date with Artis’ ever-evolving fashion illustrations on Instagram.