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Dena Cooper

Dena Cooper - Fashion, Beauty & Lifestyle Illustrator - New York

NY , United States
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.

Awards

2020 FIDA Commercial Fashion Illustration Award

Client list

Dena’s clients include Clé de Peau, Montblanc, La Croix, Furla, Luxottica, Dyson Hair, Cartier, Budweiser, Shinola Veuve Clicquot.
Acupressure
Acupressure
Decue Wu works on bright cover and internal illustrations for Johns Hopkins Nursing Magazine.
Acupressure
Food Delivery with Style
Food Delivery with Style
Meituan Dianping commission a mural by Decue Wu for their food gala fair.
Food Delivery with Style
Decue Wu's SCRAPBOOK
Decue Wu's SCRAPBOOK
Our next artist to be interviewed in our Scrapbook series is LA-based illustrator Decue Wu.
Decue Wu's SCRAPBOOK
Fashion Street
Fashion Street
Decue Wu creates a window installation artwork for Shenzhen's new shopping mall.
Fashion Street
Decue Wu Collaborates with Fossil Brand
Decue Wu Collaborates with Fossil Brand
Decue Wu creates unique illustration for Fossil's Chinese Valentine's Day Promo
Decue Wu Collaborates with Fossil Brand
Editorial illustrations for NYT Travel China August Issue
Editorial illustrations for NYT Travel China August Issue
Decue Wu creates editorial illustrations for NYT Travel China August Issue
Editorial illustrations for NYT Travel China August Issue
Aliens of Extraordinary Ability
Aliens of Extraordinary Ability
Decue Wu illustrates the cover for a new audio book by Maeve Higgins.
Aliens of Extraordinary Ability
Gun Policy
Gun Policy
Decue Wu makes a concept illustration on gun policy for Harvard Business School Alumni Bulletin.
Gun Policy
The Future of Food
The Future of Food
Decue Wu creates two posters for the Chipotle Aluminaries Project on positive changes in the food industry.
The Future of Food
A Better Education
A Better Education
Wheaton College Magazine commission Decue Wu for an editorial illustration on education.
A Better Education
Oppo's Selfie
Oppo's Selfie
Decue Wu works on a campaign for Oppo's new phone series.
Oppo's Selfie
More than Just Perfume
More than Just Perfume
Elle Décor China commission Decue Wu to fill their perfume column with glorious illustrations.
More than Just Perfume
Bear Market
Bear Market
Visualising a 'Bear Market', Decue Wu draws for The New York Times.
Bear Market
Travel in Style
Travel in Style
Decue Wu joins Elle China & Louis Vuitton to create a series of illustrations
Travel in Style
This Season's Films
This Season's Films
Decue Wu illustrates for the Soho House/Ned Magazine
This Season's Films
 A Fusion of East and West
A Fusion of East and West
Decue Wu's fashion illustrations form part of an exhibition which celebrates New China Chic.
A Fusion of East and West
Lohas Magazine Dali Travel Maps
Lohas Magazine Dali Travel Maps
Decue Wu's Illustrated Maps for Chinese Lifestyle Magazine Lohas
Lohas Magazine Dali Travel Maps
Tips for Living Longer
Tips for Living Longer
Decue Wu shows us how to live longer in this illustrated health feature
Tips for Living Longer
Renewable Energy and Giant Dogs
Renewable Energy and Giant Dogs
Decue Wu's art is used twice in last weekend's New York Times Sunday Review.
Renewable Energy and Giant Dogs
Fiercely Female 2019
Fiercely Female 2019
Decue Wu is invited to illustrate Fatima al-Fihri for the 2019 Fiercely Female Calendar.
Fiercely Female 2019
Airbnb
Airbnb
Decue Wu teamed up with Airbnb to takes us on a trip back in time with this retro inspired illustration.
Airbnb
Summer Sun
Summer Sun
As Summer approaches, Decue Wu illustrates for a Banana Boat Sunscreen ad for Real Simple.
Summer Sun
HONA Organic
HONA Organic
China's Organic sauce brand has a taste of Decue Wu's creativity with these seasonal illustrations.
HONA Organic
Spring Break
Spring Break
The March issue of Brio magazine includes a cosy illustration by Decue Wu
Spring Break
The Great Wall Run
The Great Wall Run
Decue Wu works for Vogue China on a piece celebrating The Great Wall Run Festival.
The Great Wall Run
100 Days of Silence
100 Days of Silence
Decue Wu creates a web banner for Working Not Working's online magazine.
100 Days of Silence
Fitness Goals
Fitness Goals
Decue Wu works for Prevention Magazine on health and fitness goals.
Fitness Goals
Spa Season
Spa Season
Decue Wu illustrates for Vogue China.
Spa Season
Seed
Seed
Decue Wu makes a series of portrait illustrations for Chinese independent magazine Seed.
Seed
Best Positions
Best Positions
Decue Wu illustrates for baby website The Bump.
Best Positions
Young's Sign Project
Young's Sign Project
Visitors to The Bell pub in Surrey, UK can now see a Decue Wu sign hanging in the breeze.
Young's Sign Project
The Ketogenic Diet
The Ketogenic Diet
Vogue China introduce the Ketogenic Diet in a feature illustrated by Decue Wu.
The Ketogenic Diet
Beauty Diary
Beauty Diary
Decue Wu's latest illustration for Vogue China is for their Beauty Diary section.
Beauty Diary
@refinery29
@refinery29
These vibrant portraits are by Decue Wu for Refinery29's Instagram feed.
@refinery29
The Beauty of Exercise
The Beauty of Exercise
Decue Wu illustrates a well-being illustration for La Belle Magazine.
The Beauty of Exercise
Vogue Me Anniversary
Vogue Me Anniversary
Decue Wu collaborates with Vogue China's young magazine Vogue Me on a one year anniversary showroom at Sanlitun, Beijing.
Vogue Me Anniversary
Growing Up in Vogue Russia
Growing Up in Vogue Russia
Decue Wu illustrates for the April issue of Vogue Russia.
Growing Up in Vogue Russia
Decue Wu's SCRAPBOOK
Decue Wu's SCRAPBOOK
We interview the wonderful Decue Wu about her career and inspirations.
Decue Wu's SCRAPBOOK
Airport Duty Free
Airport Duty Free
February's Vogue China features beauty and lifestyle illustrations by Decue Wu.
Airport Duty Free
Can Donald hire Ivanka?
Can Donald hire Ivanka?
Decue Wu illustrates for the New York Times opinion page.
Can Donald hire Ivanka?
Desert Island Make-Up
Desert Island Make-Up
Decue Wu's seascape art is used for a beauty products feature in Vogue Me.
Desert Island Make-Up
Bonjour Tristesse
Bonjour Tristesse
Decue Wu creates a stunning book cover for People's Literature Publishing House.
Bonjour Tristesse
Perfume Journey
Perfume Journey
Decue Wu takes us on a perfume journey for the December issue of Vogue China.
Perfume Journey
Travelling with Audi
Travelling with Audi
These striking icons are for an Audi & Vogue China Collaboration illustrated by Decue Wu.
Travelling with Audi
Muscles in a Month
Muscles in a Month
Vogue China commission Decue Wu for a contemporary illustration on fitness.
Muscles in a Month
Vogue Me Horoscopes
Vogue Me Horoscopes
Decue Wu works with Vogue China on some stunning Zodiac images.
Vogue Me Horoscopes
My First Home
My First Home
Appearing in The Boston Globe, Decue Wu illustrates an article on first homes.
My First Home
Seeking Protection
Seeking Protection
The New York Times commission Decue Wu for a bold conceptual illustration.
Seeking Protection
How Far Are We From Space Travel?
How Far Are We From Space Travel?
Decue Wu draws a series of space themed infographics for Wissen Magazine.
How Far Are We From Space Travel?
New Talent Profile - Decue Wu
New Talent Profile - Decue Wu
We welcome Boston based fashion & lifestyle illustrator Decue Wu!
New Talent Profile - Decue Wu
Horoscope Designs
Horoscope Designs
Decue Wu completes a zodiac commission for Vogue China.
Horoscope Designs