by Natasha Lakic
Sue Dray is somewhat of a permanent fixture during London Fashion Week where she can be seen sitting calmly on front row, sketching on her iPad Pro as the models walk past wearing the latest collections. Sue describes her style as haptic, to her it’s all about responding to the moment, capturing the essence, flow, silhouette and feel of the season in a fleeting vision. This lends itself perfectly to digital illustrations, and she is now sponsored by Apple to showcase the iPad and Apple pencil used during her live drawings.
“What you get is an explosion of marks, brush strokes and raw energy. If I make a mistake there is no eraser I have to go with it and make it work”.
Commissioned to produce live drawings exclusively from catwalk, Sue has developed a signature style, using strong lines with painterly textures, combined with bright and contrasting colours, to really capture the atmosphere of the collection she’s drawing.
“My work essentially is about capturing the moment and the emotion I feel in any given situation. I draw live, I draw spontaneously, I love time and physical constraints, I don’t pre-plan (well not often) I trust my instinct and my training. I try and be brave and challenge my skills, my vision and my soul.”
“As soon as I sit down to draw the focus is all consuming nothing else matters it’s just me my subject and my paints. It’s really the only time I lose my sense of self as a person and I draw from what I feel, see and experience. That’s why it’s my addiction because I set myself free”.
More of Sue’s work can be seen in our magazine, but in the meantime OVERDUE is looking forward to seeing Sue backstage this season.
Title image: Pam Hogg AW14 by Sue Dray