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25-10-2006
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Arturo Elena - Illustrator
Not sure if I like his work or not but I find it kind of intriguing.. here is his bio from arturoelena.com

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Surprising is the term that could be used to describe the work created by Arturo Elena. Beginning with his technique and moving on to his style, this self-taught artist has revolutionized the world of graphic illustration.

His work in fashion illustration has received both national and international recognition and has appeared in prestigious publications.

The realism achieved, the colouring and attention to detail are this artist’s most outstanding qualities. When we observe one of his drawings, we see an illustration which is not just simply typical of the fashion world, but one where we can actually enjoy such details as the texture and colour of the fabrics, the composition and the expressions on the figures’ faces, and one where we can further perceive in these details his mastery in the handling of materials and the subtle technical control in his execution of shapes and colours.

This sample of Arturo Elena’s work is the current result of a personal and professional journey undertaken, rich in creativity, personal effort, and an originality of composition which has given rise to a school of thought in the field of graphic design.

While still in his native Teruel, his initial work at the Santa Eulalia school already evinced his outstanding drawing skills: it could almost be said that art was in his genes, given his family’s great sensitivity in this respect.

Subsequently, he obtained a scholarship to study in Valencia and Toledo.

During this period, he was particularly attracted to the work of the classical masters such as Velazquez, el Greco, A. R. Mengs. He was also fascinated by fashion illustrators such as René Gruau or Stefano Canulli, whose techniques he learned from.

After doing his military service, he moved to Barcelona in order to complete his studies. For a year, he worked with the design team in charge of women’s collections for a well-known fashion firm.

Over the next four years, he further developed his career in other cities such as Seville and Murcia among others, executing designs for both men’s and women’s collections.

While in Seville, he met José Victor Rodríguez and José Luis Medina (Vitorio & Lucchino), who, feeling attracted by Elena’s unique style engaged his cooperation for the production of press images for their collections, illustrations for new promotions, etc.

In 1992, he obtained the commission to design the above firm’s press files for the new perfume and collection, both known as “Carmen”. This circumstance allowed him to enter in contact with, and contribute to, publications such as “Cosmopolitan” and later “Telva”, “Elle” and other international magazines.

From there, his prestige grew and he began to contribute illustrations to the press files of firms such as “Roberto Verino” and “Chanel”, and with images for “Loewe, “Citroën” and “Gacela Tejidos”, among others.


Surprising is the term that could be used to describe the work created by Arturo Elena. Beginning with his technique and moving on to his style, this self-taught artist has revolutionized the world of graphic illustration.


His work in fashion illustration has received both national and international recognition and has appeared in prestigious publications.

The realism achieved, the colouring and attention to detail are this artist’s most outstanding qualities. When we observe one of his drawings, we see an illustration which is not just simply typical of the fashion world, but one where we can actually enjoy such details as the texture and colour of the fabrics, the composition and the expressions on the figures’ faces, and one where we can further perceive in these details his mastery in the handling of materials and the subtle technical control in his execution of shapes and colours.

This sample of Arturo Elena’s work is the current result of a personal and professional journey undertaken, rich in creativity, personal effort, and an originality of composition which has given rise to a school of thought in the field of graphic design.

While still in his native Teruel, his initial work at the Santa Eulalia school already evinced his outstanding drawing skills: it could almost be said that art was in his genes, given his family’s great sensitivity in this respect.

Subsequently, he obtained a scholarship to study in Valencia and Toledo.

During this period, he was particularly attracted to the work of the classical masters such as Velazquez, el Greco, A. R. Mengs. He was also fascinated by fashion illustrators such as René Gruau or Stefano Canulli, whose techniques he learned from.

After doing his military service, he moved to Barcelona in order to complete his studies. For a year, he worked with the design team in charge of women’s collections for a well-known fashion firm.

Over the next four years, he further developed his career in other cities such as Seville and Murcia among others, executing designs for both men’s and women’s collections.

While in Seville, he met José Victor Rodríguez and José Luis Medina (Vitorio & Lucchino), who, feeling attracted by Elena’s unique style engaged his cooperation for the production of press images for their collections, illustrations for new promotions, etc.

In 1992, he obtained the commission to design the above firm’s press files for the new perfume and collection, both known as “Carmen”. This circumstance allowed him to enter in contact with, and contribute to, publications such as “Cosmopolitan” and later “Telva”, “Elle” and other international magazines.

From there, his prestige grew and he began to contribute illustrations to the press files of firms such as “Roberto Verino” and “Chanel”, and with images for “Loewe, “Citroën” and “Gacela Tejidos”, among others.

As a result of this work he began to experiment with portraits on a professional level, depicting well-known models on the one hand and friends on the other, this last for pleasure and entertainment, and representing the former in classical environments and compositions, and the latter in a freer lighter style.

Thanks to his well-thought of development, he joined the Madrid “Instituto Europeo di Design” to teach his drawing techniques and work methodology.

Currently, he continues contributing illustrations to “Cosmopolitan” and “Telva” and teaching drawing at the “Instituto Europeo di Design”, as well as contributing designs for several firms such as “Vitorio and Lucchino”, “Roberto Verino”, and others.

The most noteworthy aspects of Elena’s work are the lengthening of the human form while maintaining perfect harmony of proportions, the carriage of the figures and the movement suggested. The facial expressions manage to convey a multitude of sensations: sensuality, femininity, dynamism… the faces themselves, the hand movements, the distinct details of the garments give rise to not only a fashionable image but also to a complete universe of gratification for the observer.

All in all, realism is the element that predominates in his compositions.

The handling of light and colour are the two features that predominate in his technique: a perfect representation of both the figures and the texture of the tissues, together with other characteristic elements, is thus achieved.

The special effects resulting from the subtly applied light and shadows learned from the classical masters are filtered by their own style and transmit modernity and exquisite genius.

The colours wherein the combination of shades, sheen and intensity maintain perfect and coherent harmony with the rest of Elena’s work, also contribute to the above effect.

The materials used are, preferably, paper and synthetic inks applied with markers to achieve extraordinary effects.

To sum up, we here encounter a singular artist with a very personal and suggestive style, who applies his own techniques to achieve admirable results outside the present artistic currents and extraordinary brilliance, undoubtedly the marks of great talent.

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25-10-2006
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The drawings are very exaggerated in terms of the women's forms/figures, which I don't really like in this case...

However, I do like the attention to the clothes and the details...
I like that the clothing is vibrant and seems to have movement...

Here are some examples of his work...

I also like that some of the clothing is identifiable, the 4th pic for example is clearly gucci

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from a Cosmopolitan Espagna gallery of drawings
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Much of the work is too cartoonish for my taste...

From a Custo Barcelona portfolio

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Mujer Hoy Gallery
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Not my cup of tea, but thank you for posting

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^^ no problem..

these drawings kind of remind me of an overly elongated or stretched version of Barbie...

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they make my teeth rattle

he's good at what he does, that's out of question and i think the satirical aspect of the drawings is even entertaining but i can't stomach his overall style, the gloss, the painful colours, the elongation. very professional review, i know:p

thanks for bringing this in, chrissy

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as i was posting the pics i just kept thinking about how you would hate these images estella :p

and even when i look at them i can't help but cringe/grimace sometimes.. but i do think it's interesting to bring in and comment on work that we don't necessarily like..
it's interesting to explore why people react to certain things/images in certain ways

the thing that partially attracts me (or should i say "holds my interest") to these is that they remind me of the barbie dolls my sisters and i used to spend HOURS playing with
so maybe they make me yearn for my childhood when exaggerated depictions of women in garishly bright clothing didn't elicit a second thought from me, or dare i say that i even found those depictions attractive

now i feel very differently about the whole subject but it's interesting to see how things have evolved...

i know that if i show these pics to my 13 year old cousin she would think they are the best thing she has ever seen

i like that these make me think about things like that...
and it makes me wonder what my 13 year old cousin might think of the same images 10 years later..

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i agree with you guys :p but i do find the style also makes it amusing in some way, kind of like a charicature
it's neat you can still recognise some of the real models that wore those outfits on the runway/in the ad campaigns...

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oh, absolutely, chrissy. i think it's interesting, too!
the fact that i didn't ever own a barbie doll might stand as an obstacle to my understanding:p

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very upper east side
they all look like rich bi_ches...=T which im sure they are(the rich part)...look at what they are wearing XD mcqueen, prada, burberry..etc.
but he's very very good..skill wise..style wise..gives me shivers


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oh, absolutely, chrissy. i think it's interesting, too!
the fact that i didn't ever own a barbie doll might stand as an obstacle to my understanding:p
that must be it estella!! :p

if i explained how long my sisters and i played with barbies and how elaborate the set up was... it was definitely extreme
we have a finished attic in our house that essentially served as a play area.. my sisters and i constructed what could only be explained as a barbie village of sorts.. each of us set up our own "house" with barbie, ken, maybe a sister, with individual rooms.. i'm going to stop because we were pretty obsessed and i don't want to lose all self-respect

but that's what these evoke for me! it's like my barbies' unrealized ambitions... what they would have been doing while i was in school, or maybe the kind of pictures they would hang on the walls of their houses..

now i sound crazy and i can feel myself regressing into childhood.. leaving this thread as fast as possible!

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i kinda like it
it´s fun

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interesting...but not a fave. I'm pretty neutral to those

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