Attire Bridal: Sept/Oct 2016 Issue : 55

Click on the images below to read the full online version of Attire Bridal Magazine...I'm featured on pages 24,90 & 91. 

Guess who: Celebrity brides who looked lovely in lace
18 Jul 2016 -

Riding high in the bridal stakes, lace offers the timeless, elegant qualities that so many brides desire in the design of their dress.
The Grace Kelly and Kate Middleton wedding dress effect is well and truly spreading across the globe, so we thought it appropriate to honour the trend by featuring four celebrities who embraced lace on their wedding day... but can you guess who they are?
Featuring amazing illustrations by Sophie Jenner of SJ Illustrations, we challenge you to give our 'guess who' game a go.

1. Soapbox star
Tying the knot with her Mr. 'Wright' in Bury St Edmonds, Suffolk, this celebrity bride looked a world away from her days on the cobbles. This stunning bride wore a backless bespoke ivory gown by Galia Lahav at Browns Bride, which featured French lace and Swarovski crystals.

2. Pop princess
This beautiful bride took her wedding all the way to Barbados, where guests enjoyed three days of celebrations. While two of her bandmates stood as bridesmaids, they did little to outshine the leading lady who stunned in a bespoke Berta Bridal number. 

3. Hollywood starlet
Allowing her Colombian-American roots to shine through, this red hot A-lister looked every inch the bridal beauty. While her Zuhair Murad lace gown was breath-taking, the star took the opportunity to change in to a second dress during the evening - and who can blame her? You only get married once.

4. Empire heiress
Her sister may be more accustomed to the spotlight, but this American bride stole the show at her London wedding to her English hubby. Held at Kensington Palace, the bride wore a £50,000 Valentino couture dress which boasted a traditional and spectacular lace veil and train. 

Think you know who they are? Head over to the Bride magazine Instagram page to see if you were right.
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Featured Artist Sophie Jenner


This week’s Featured Artist is Sophie Jenner, fashion illustrator extraordinaire! Read on for our Q&A with Sophie, and click here for more details on how to become a Featured Artist yourself…


How did you get started as an artist?

I started fashion illustration back in 2014 and began posting my illustrations on Instagram! I loved seeing all of the different fashion illustrators online post their illustrations of celebrities from red carpet events and just wished I could draw like them. So, I watched a lot of YouTube videos and read a load of blog posts all about fashion illustration and the proportions of the body, and I practised – A LOT!

What inspires you to be creative?

I’ve loved Art and Fashion since I was really young. I have always enjoyed designing and making things, from textiles to graphic design projects, but my main inspiration to start fashion illustration would have to be Hayden Williams. His fashion illustrations and collaborations – he’s worked with the likes of Kate Moss and Rimmel London – are so inspiring!


How would you describe your creative process?

I would describe my creative process as a relaxing time for me to just think solely about my illustrations. I find illustrating really mindful and it helps to ease the anxieties and stresses of everyday life. Its also very rewarding when my followers and customers are genuinely happy with their illustrations, their comments make me feel very content. 

What is your favourite medium to work in and why?

It would have to be mixed media. I generally start with pencil and work my way from fineliner to ProMarker, and then I fine tune my illustrations on Photoshop.

ProMarkers are my ultimate favourite markers as they blend so well and don’t leave any scratchy pen marks or lines on my illustrations.


How do you tackle a blank canvas?

A blank canvas is a daunting one, especially if I don’t have an image or outfit in mind. I usually have a photograph of the person or celebrity I’m illustrating in front of me for reference so that I make sure I include the important details.

What do you find the most challenging about the creative process?

It would have to be finding the time to do it! As I’m only freelance at the moment, juggling our own business Vunk with my fiancée Craig and my freelance illustration work can be hard at times. 


In which ways do you differentiate your work from that of other artists?

I wanted my illustrations to be recognisably mine from the get go. I had researched other fashion illustrators’ work and they each had their own trademark style that set them apart and made their work theirs. I wasn’t going to attempt to illustrate faces as I’ve never been very good at portraits, so I drew my fashion illustrations without faces at first but they still needed a little something. So I started illustrating flicks where the eyelashes would be on the face and this became my trademark style.

What are your essential tools?

A good quality bleed proof white paper sketchbook, a mechanical pencil, a pencil eraser, a 0.01 black fine liner and my ProMarkers. I wouldn’t say Photoshop and my computer are essential as although they do help fine tune my work, I could finish an illustration without them.


How would you describe your studio/workspace?

My workspace is often my sofa or my garden, as even though we have a home office for our business, I rarely illustrate in there or at a desk. I’m a more casual illustrator. I love putting my favourite music or TV programme on in the background and curling up on the sofa with a cosy throw, my sketchbook, pencil and markers, and my cat Scottie.

Any tips for preparing a portfolio?

I haven’t actually created a physical portfolio as yet, as all of my work is displayed on social media via my Instagram page and my website.


Do you have a favourite art tip that you can share with our readers?

I always used to illustrate from my imagination and not from what I was actually seeing in front of me. Even if I was looking at a scene I would subconsciously be drawing from my mind and not my eyes. I realised this in sixth form when I moved school, when most of my class where all amazing at drawing to scale perfectly! It was then that I noticed they all really looked ,and I mean properly examined, at what they were illustrating. Once I started to look-and-draw not think-and-draw my proportions and detail got a lot better.

Where can our readers find out more about you?

I have an Instagram page where I post the majority of my illustrations. which I’d love for you all to follow me on! It would be great if you could check it out!

Thanks for reading!