Angelica Hicks is a London based illustrator, who likes to take a look at fashion from a less serious point of view. Her verbal and visual puns have quickly become popular in the fashion scene.
Creative Studio: Can you tell us a bit about yourself? What do you do?
AH: When I am feeling particularly pretentious I refer to myself as a sartorial satirist. I like to exploit the funny side of fashion and popular culture through both verbal and visual puns. I currently works as official illustrator of Porter Magazine.
CS: Do you have any projects you are currently working on, or planning on doing?
AH: I am currently working on Celebrats: a series of child stars/ celebrity offspring as I am fascinated by how fascinated the media is with them! I’m sure some people are more up to date on the Beckham’s brood than they are on their own family. What an age we live in!
CS: What is your creative process like?
AH: I like to draw while watching a TV show, or listening to music. If watching a TV show, it acts like background music, I don't really pay much attention to what is going on, I just find it comforting and relaxing to have on in front of me. Recently I have been juggling Gilmore Girls and Party of 5. I can pretty much work on any flat surface - I've been working on the floor a lot recently actually, only because I’m “between tables” right now. My creative process actually differs depending on where I am. The other day I was in the airport and my flight was delayed and I was overcome with an urge to do a drawing! So I did one at my boarding gate. I got a few weird looks and slightly struggled as I had to use the lid of a water bottle as a water container for watercolour wash. It was not ideal.
CS: If you could have an hour to talk with anyone from your illustrated personalities, who would that be?
AH: Diana Vreeland! Although unfortunately that would be an impossible conversation…
CS: Who do you mainly work for? Are you a full time artist?
AH: I am Porter Magazine’s official illustrator. I also make invites for Tory Burch and collaborate with Alex Eagle who has the chicest shop on Walton Street in London! I am a full time artist for the moment… but who knows!
CS: Do you have a website where people can buy your designs?
AH: Yes, I am indeed a sell-out: www.angelicahicks.com
CS: Has any of the personalities whom you have portrayed got in touch with you? How is the response to your illustrations?
AH: Amy Astley, editor in chief at Teen Vogue actually got in contact with me and I met with her at their incredible new location at One World Trade Center. She loved the portrait I did of her, I gave it to her and it is now on display in her office- she actually just informed me that it has been framed! I’m so flattered she even made the image her profile picture on Instagram!
CS: Never leave the house without?
AH: A moleskine, a black felt tip and my iPod.
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