24 February 2015


Polina is one of two catwalk illustrators who were part of the Fashion Scout media team this fashion week. I shamelessly attached myself to her like a leech in the hopes that osmosis would give me some of her talent. The osmosis thing didn't work so I quizzed her about about what she does instead..

Where are you from?

Colon, Germany but I’ve been in London for 2 years.

Did you always know you wanted to be an illustrator?
I’ve always been drawing and I have the influence of my parents because they’re painters. I was always like a pretentious artist’s child who wanted to draw.

Do you work in any other mediums?
I kind of want to go into graphic design or maybe pattern design for textiles. Right now I’m studying illustration and animation at Kingston, but I feel like I’ve had enough of illustration and I want to do graphic design and collaborate more because I don’t really want to work on my own all the time, it’s boring.

How many seasons have you illustrated catwalk?
This is the first season, but last season I was outside Somerset House and drew people.

Who’s the coolest person you ever illustrated?
I drew Susie Bubble the other day and she signed my drawing!

Would you do this again?
I would love to do it again, it’s stressful but I’m enjoying it.

Who's your dream subject?

What is it that catches your eye about a subject?
I like movement, colour, interesting outfits and eyebrows.

What are your three tips for people who want to illustrate at catwalk shows?
Be quick, capture something that excites you and don’t try to draw realistically.

I managed to capture Polina in action at the Joao Melo Costa show..

follow Polina on instagram @polina_sologub

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