Volt launched their first app transforming the editorials of the issue 14 into artwork.
‘Volt Introduces’ ten young artists who were commissioned to interpret ten editorials from Volt 14 into a vision of their own, using illustration, film, animation and photography, with illustration as the focal point.
Download Volt app HERE
To get to know the young talents more, we had a short interview with them.

Let us introduce: Illustrator Eleanor Rose Shenton


Volt Café: Where do you get your inspiration?
Eleanor Rose Shenton: I grab my inspiration from every day life, whether it’s from sketching someone who catches my eye on the street, a painting in a gallery or even the colours and objects seen in a market.

VC: How would you describe your work?
ERS: My illustrations are formed from abstract and expressive brush strokes. I combine thick strokes with super fine lines giving my illustrations depth and character. I like to explore colour, playing with both soft hues and vibrant tones whilst retaining a sense of elegance, beauty and creativity.

VC: What would you like to tell to the world with your work?
ERS: I guess I’d like the viewer to feel the emotion portrayed in the image. Most of my illustrations contain an element of sensitivity and that is character of my personality. But also Id like the viewer to remember a moment in time that I am recording.

VC: What are your biggest achievements so far?
First class honours in BA (Hons) Fashion Illustration. I have won two competitions:
Woman and Home edit awards where I had an illustration published in their April edition. And a Proctor & Gamble illustration category where I created six illustrations to represent a scent without the use of figures.


VC: In your work is fashion illustration an art form or purely a means to document?
ERS: I would say that my work is a combination of both art and documentation. As a base I tend to draw from life but I play with and manipulate the body by emphasizing a particular feature or I will explore a mood or atmosphere within my drawings.

VC: What do you think is the future for fashion illustrators?
ERS: I think over the years there has been an increasing interest in fashion illustrations and I think this will continue to increase. We have the ability to invent, to translate an emotion and atmosphere, to elongate the body and this is something fashion photography cannot always achieve. Fashion illustration has gradually become more popular and seen in the shops, in magazines, film, music etc. I think this will snowball into a higher demand for fashion illustration.

VC: Are there or should there be any boundaries to break in fashion illustration?
ERS: It would be great if fashion illustration could move away from the flat drawing and move into a moving image or animation. Although this has been done, it would be great to see more of it.

VC: Is it a concern when you’re drawing that there has to be in a specific look?
ERS: For my personal creative practise I would say there doesn’t have to be a specific appearance. It is important to be experimental. However, whilst you are working with a client its important that you follow the brief, in this case there may be a particular look that I should follow whilst developing an illustration.

VC: What is your goal as a professional?
ERS: At the moment I am practising as a Fashion illustrator, but on the side I have been exploring making props and creatively directing.

VC: Who would you have a creative pow-wow with for half an hour?
ERS: Nick Knight, I absolutely love his photography and fashion films. His use of colour, image making and creative direction has always inspired me and the drawings I do.


VC: Are there any fashion houses particularly that inspire you?
ERS: Comme des Garçons. I completed a project on Japanese fashion as I was fascinated by their approach to fashion. I am interested in Japan’s alien and mysterious nature and this is why I am so interested in their fashion. The space used in their collections is somewhat a representation of their traditional dress, the kimono.

VC: What do you think of London’s fashion scene? Are you inspired by the people on the street?
ERS: London is buzzing with creativity, especially within fashion. I feel as though designers are continuously pushing the creative boundaries and people on the street are not afraid to share their individual flair for fashion. So yes, they are indeed inspiring my drawings, my creative practise and me.


Interview by Regina Sepp


Eleanor Rose Shenton, Regina Sepp,