Just one look at Ana Castro’s fashion illustrations and it’s hard not to be in awe of them. They’re detailed, yet undone; complex, yet simple; and eccentric and beautiful. Her talent for effortlessly combining pastels with bold hues, and turning them into sleek, “sketch-like” drawings is unlike any other artistic work we’ve seen.
Known to her followers and fans as “In a takeaway cup”, Ana explains that her brand and drawings aim “to catch that ‘rush’ feeling with a style that looks fresh, quick, easy to do, and up to date with the latest trends and fashion runway looks.” And she succeeds as each of her creations has the ability to instantly draw (no pun intended) in anyone who lays eyes on them.
So in an effort to get to know this on-the-rise fashion illustrator, we spoke to Ana and got her talking about her passion for art and fashion, the story behind her unique brand name, the best part about her job, and people she would like to collaborate with!
Tell us a bit about yourself — did you study art, when you were younger? Or was there someone who encouraged you to pursue it?
I studied Architecture, but I've been painting since I was a child and I've done several Art courses such as painting, fashion illustration, and life drawing. I've always loved the good vibe of an art class, so I try to keep doing it from time to time to freshen up and learn new skills.
I would say I draw when I'm inspired, otherwise, I find it very difficult. When I don't have any idea in mind, I prefer to spend that time checking books, magazines, photography, etc. The inspiration will come eventually.
Actually, my partner has been the one encouraging me to draw every day. He is my number 1 supporter and fan. He always says “Oooh, this is so pretty!”, which makes me laugh because he doesn't understand fashion too much, but he tries very hard to!