Live event illustrator Briana Kranz has a flair for expressive line work, mark making and indulgent splashes of color that make her a natural in the world of fashion. It’s little surprise that she has caught the eye of some of the biggest names in haute couture.
With an intuitive sense of style and beauty, Briana carries out both illustration commissions and live portraiture at fashion events. She loves experimenting with lines and forms across an array of media, and when she’s not working enjoys soaking up nature’s beauty out hiking, camping and collecting rocks.
Some of her biggest inspirations include Chuck Close, Helen Frankenthaler, Stina Persson, Antonio Lopez and Kenneth Block. Briana majored in Illustration and Graphic Design at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco, where she now teaches fashion illustration alongside her bubbling freelance career.
With a background in graphic design, Briana looks for balance in her compositions. She works in multiple media, including ink, watercolor and pastel. “Experimentation as well as a seemingly effortless feel is what I strive for, with an element of realism or likeness,” she says.
Briana’s style is sensitive, loose, intuitive and experimental. When drawing live, a fast and expressive style takes over, whereas her commissions are afforded more time and precision for a finer finish.