An interview with author Natasha Itzcovitz
Fashion design graduate Natasha Itzcovitz has just launched her first colouring book. Featuring 100 hand-drawn illustrations, The Whimsical Fashion Colouring Book is packed with famous faces and contemporary styles that are certain to entertain all ages. We met Natasha to ask her a few questions.
Why did you choose to study fashion design?
Natasha: Fashion has always been an obvious career choice that I haven’t had to think about. It is what I am best at and what I have always been obsessed with – I couldn’t work in any other industry!
How has your career progressed since graduation?
Honestly, it has been a hard journey and I’ve had to go through a lot, but it has been worth it. Since graduating three years ago, I went from having a degree to being an unpaid floor sweeper to working in retail… and now I am an author and freelance stylist!
Where did the idea to create The Whimsical Fashion Colouring Book come from?
The idea of making my book came from seeing other colouring books whilst working in retail. I have been making colouring pages for my cousins for years but I had never thought to make a complete book of my own – until now!
Your drawings are wonderfully quirky – what has influenced your style?
Japan and Korea have a huge influence on my drawing and fashion style. I love anime and manga and I am constantly looking to these for inspiration. I also like to incorporate poses I learned from life drawing lessons at university.
Does your artwork reflect your personality?
Absolutely – most artists find it easier to express their personality with a pen rather than their mouth! I draw things that I see and daydream about, with an injection of cute, punky fun.
What are your plans for the future?
I am currently pursuing a career as a freelance fashion stylist and really enjoying it so far. I continue to draw every day and would love to do more with that in the future – hopefully another illustrated book is on the cards!