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Nuno DaCosta

Nuno DaCosta

Is proud to be working with FASHION TARGETS BREAST CANCER. Nuno has created a bespoke FTBC target to be housed at the exclusive Royal Exchange in Central London along with an exhibition of his works, www.theroyalexchange.com. Nuno is a London based, self taught illustrator specialising in fashion and beauty imagery. Nuno's illustrations fall mainly in two categories, colour and black and white brush work but always retain their up to the minute sense of style. His illustrations are hand drawn and painted with water colours and Gouache and then scanned, retouched and painted on Photoshop. Having worked with top fashion creatives Neil Moodie, Lisa Butler and Zoe Irwin, Nuno's illustrations have been seen in Vogue, Wonderland and The Daily Telegraph. Nuno was also appointed as exclusive fashion illustrator to designer Melissa Odabash on her first Ready to Wear collection.
Question: What first drew you to illustration/design? Nuno: I have always loved drawing, I remember lying on the floor drawing whilst watching the fashion shows on TV when I was a kid. Question: Do you have any formal design training? Nuno: No not really, I did my A-level art but went on to study languages at Kings. I had a huge change of heart, put together a portfolio and haven't looked back since! Question: Describe your studio/view from your studio window? Nuno: There is a painting desk where I do all my hand painting, there is a computer desk where I do all the retouching. There is also a big shelf full of magazines and books. Oh, there is also a cabinet for all the boring business stuff. The view is Suburbia; My garden, my neighbours' gardens and roof tops. Question: Do you collect anything? Nuno: I collect Vogue magazine, UK , French, Spanish, Japanese and Italian. They take up a lot of space!! Question: Do you keep a scrapbook? Nuno: I used to at school, maybe I should take it up again!!
Question: What is the first record you bought? Nuno: It was the Goonies soundtrack. I love Cyndi Lauper. Question: Tell us about a favourite project you've recently completed. Nuno: Creating a nail design. It was called 'the Nuno Nail' and was based on my Caran D'Ache colouring pencils. That was pretty cool. Question: What would be your "dream job/commission"? Nuno: It would have to be working for John Galliano or Pat McGrath, his make up designer. I would love to contribute to their vision any way. Even if it was just sharpening pencils all day!! Question: Who is/are your art hero/oes? Nuno: I love the work of Jean-Paul Goude, Rene Gruau, Gustav Klimt, Egon Schielle and Jim Lee. Question: Who is/are your illustration hero/oes? Nuno: It has to be David Downton, he has proved that fashion illustration is not a dying art form. If I could ever be half as successful as him I would be very happy!!
Fashion Targets Breast Cancer, VOGUE, MERCEDES BENZ FASHION WEEK TOKYO, L'OREAL Professionnel, CLINIQUE, ESTEE LAUDER Inc , MAX FACTOR, PROCTER & GAMBLE (beauty division), Disney, The Orient Express, The Daily Telegraph

Shop: I hate shopping.
Magazine: Vogue.
Website: www.catwalking.com
Blog: www.TheSartorialist.blogspot
Holiday/Travel Destination: Going to visit family in Portugal.
Place to inspire yourself: Walking in wide open spaces.