D E A N N  A   F I R S T

New York based artist Deanna First’s work centers on her fascination of the female form and capturing the many personalities of her muses. She explores these themes through a combination of pencil, marker, watercolor and digital editing. A broad range of illustration styles sets her work apart from the crowd. 

Deanna received her Bachelor of Arts Degree from Kent State University in 2012. It was there she pronounced her love for fashion illustration. She later went on to work for Elie Tahari, J.Crew and Ralph Lauren.

Deanna started pursing illustration full-time in 2016, where she focuses on both fluidity and movement in her work. Her client list is quickly growing with her most recent ongoing commissions from Bloomingdale's, Saks Fifth Avenue and Lord & Taylor.

She is also part of the Women's Artist Series in partnership with Lafayette 148 New York where she travels across the United States live-sketching their stunning Spring 2018 Collection at Nordstrom and Neiman Marcus locations. 



Saks Fifth Avenue
Lafayette 148 New York
David Yurman
Byrdie Beauty
Christie's (YSL Accessories Book Luncheon)
Maje (live sketch)
Daily Front Row
The Limited (graphics t-shirt line)
Red Bull
Lord & Taylor (live sketch)
Mirtha Michelle (book covers)
Kiss Cosmetics (Guggenheim collection launch) 
white (editorial artwork)
Burt's Bees

...and many more amazing clients!

Haute Living
The Renegade Collective
Design Sponge


Jantell - Marketing Specialist @Saks Fifth Avenue "Deanna's talent, warmth and level of professionalism is unparalleled." 

Lindsay - Bloomingdale's Public Relations Manager "Deanna is an absolute pleasure. Her polish, professionalism and overall skill and talent combined create an impactful activation in our store and for our customers. Her level of engagement with our customers surpasses our expectations. They continue to request Deanna's return in our store.

Vildana - Marketing Manager @Conrad New York Hotel "We've been so fortunate to work with Deanna. Not only is she very professional but our team and customers love interacting with her during events and hotel celebrations. She is also incredibly talented and delivers to our team's expectations. Our guests love the unique sketches and find it a reason to come back for future events."

Hayley - Beauty Director @Clique Media Group/Byrdie "Deanna was very thoughtful in her consideration of how to incorporate a specific visual aesthetic with a brand's desires and points of importance. She created multiple versions of illustrations so that we could settle on the perfect iteration and was open to feedback and guidance."

Raji & Nayan Behal - Live Sketch for Wedding " We had the pleasure of working with Deanna to make our wedding extra special! She is a joy to work with from start to finish. She even designed a custom sketch template to coordinate with our custom invite suite. All 250 guest received a custom sketch in under 5 minutes each. We highly recommend Deanna to make any special occasion one that your guests will never forget!