“I have always loved fashion – so I thought if you are going to draw, then draw what you love!”
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Until a couple of years ago, Sarah Darby worked in Marketing. She loved her job, but after having her second daughter, she wanted to keep a career going, but felt the need to pursue something different. And that something different has resulted in beautiful, bright and bold fashion illustrations, which are quickly gaining a loyal following.
“I used to love drawing but stopped when I was about 16 as I was trying to focus on good grades at school. I had been afraid to pick up a pencil for years, for fear of not being quite as good as I remembered! I did a half day fashion illustration course that I found at CAE, and it just felt right,” Darby tells me.
“I have always loved fashion – so I thought if you are going to draw, then draw what you love!” Darby explains.
From there, Darby enrolled in artist Angie Rehe’s ‘Patsy Fox Drawing School’ for evening classes, and was inspired by Rehe’s talent for putting pen to paper and creating magic. Rehe taught her about fashion illustration, and introduced her to different media and how different artists interpret illustration.
“But more than anything I think my biggest out take from her lessons is that there is beauty is everything. She will walk around the room and celebrate the difference in each person’s work and she has taught me to do the same. I have learned to trust myself and learn how to draw my way. Like anything, it’s not for everyone but if you are true to yourself then you are on the right path,” she explains.
“It has been practise, grit, determination and learning to be brave and put yourself out there! I’m finding that the word ‘no’ does not scare me in quite the same way I thought it did in my twenties,” she says.