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Dena Cooper

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Soft and skilfully painted, Dena Cooper’s fashion illustrations come to life with moments of sublime contrast and intensity.
With a background in fashion design, Dena is now a leading New York illustrator with a growing list of industry clients. Transplanted into Brooklyn from Fredricksburg, Virginia, she loves New York and Fashion Week in particular. “I’m very influenced by street style that I see around the city, specifically the effortless chic that so many New Yorkers exude walking down the street.” Dena studied Fashion Illustration at Radford University in Virginia, and her influences include Marchesa, Dior, Delpozo, and Viktor & Rolf.

Approach

One of Dena’s images begins with a pencil study based on references, complete with in-depth shading and detail. Then she’ll bring in watercolour, gouache, ink and/or coloured pencils to enhance colour, shading and value in the composition. Finally, she cleans it up in Photoshop, adding splashes, marks and backgrounds, before delivering it digitally to the client.

Style

Dena delivers a softer version of the truth, with bursts of realism and blooms of paint bringing an element of artistry the camera just can’t capture. Photorealism, with washes of colour and splatter add to the fun and character of a piece.

Client list

Dena’s clients include Clé de Peau, Montblanc, La Croix, Furla, Luxottica, Dyson Hair, Cartier, Budweiser, Shinola Veuve Clicquot.
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Montblanc Event
Dena Cooper is invited to draw live for luxury lifestyle brand Montblanc.
Montblanc Event
WWD Portraits
Dena Cooper creates portraits for WWD's CEO Summit Honors Awards.
WWD Portraits
Space Exploration Auction
Dena Cooper illustrates Earth at a Montblanc event for their Space Exploration Auction.
Space Exploration Auction
National Sunglasses Day with Luxottica
Dena Cooper draws at a three-day event at Neiman Marcus.
National Sunglasses Day with Luxottica
A Woman's Choice
Dena Cooper completes a project dear to her heart as she designs a womanly tote bag.
A Woman's Choice
Create and Cultivate
Dena Cooper takes her position as live portrait painter at last weekend's Create and Cultivate Conference.
Create and Cultivate
Reimagined Faberge Eggs
Dena Cooper collaborates with Hypebae on an Easter themed project.
Reimagined Faberge Eggs
Custom Crests
In celebration of their new monogram logo, Furla asked Dena Cooper to create custom crests for their clients.
Custom Crests
The Opening of Hudson Yards
Dena Cooper draws customers at the opening of Hudson Yards in NYC.
The Opening of Hudson Yards
Stunning Animation Collaboration
Dena Cooper and Gary Mayes collaborated on this superb animation.
Stunning Animation Collaboration
A Shinola Event
Dena Cooper is invited to spend a day at a luxury event Live Drawing guests.
A Shinola Event
Simone Witherspoon
Dena Cooper illustrates for July's b.inspired Magazine with a portrait of Simon Witherspoon.
Simone Witherspoon
e.l.f. x Christian Siriano
Dena Cooper is part of an event to launch the capsule collection of e.l.f. and Christian Siriano cosmetics.
e.l.f. x Christian Siriano
Miu Miu's L'eau Bleue
Dena Cooper spends a day live drawing for Miu Miu at Sephora.
Miu Miu's L'eau Bleue
SilkFred & Dena Cooper
Dena Cooper collaborates with online fashion store Silk Fred on a social media campaign.
SilkFred & Dena Cooper