Fashion Illustrator

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KEY SKILLS

  • Good communicator

  • Strong portfolio with a good body of work

  • CAD

  • Dexterity in sketching skills

  • Good with collaboration as you end up working with designers, clients, tailors etc.

  • Ability to work with various mediums such as charcoal, pencil, paints etc.

  • Strong visualisation

  • Judgement of colours, textures etc. to translate the designer's vision

  • Excellent rendering skills

  • Creating illustrations that are eye catching

  • A unique style of illustration that makes you stand out

  • Obsservation

  • Understanding human body proportions and exaggerating

PROS

  • Freelancing opportunity

  • You get to envision a designer's idea and implement it in your own style

  • You may end up working for the top most fashion designers

  • Expression of creativity for a living

  • Experimenting with different materials and mediums

  • You get to see your designs turn into apparel

  • The patterns and styles you create can be trendsetters

  • You will be up to date with the latest trends

  • Flexibility in work schedule

  • Decent salary and perks of getting discounts at the label you are working for

CONS

  • Long working hours

  • Many drafts for the design may be expected

  • Developing your own style will take a significant amount of time and effort

  • Tight deadlines

  • May require a stong portfolio as the job is extremely competitive

OPPORTUNITY TYPES

GOT WHAT IT TAKES?

  • Creating designs for your own brand

  • Implementing the designer's ideas in the form of sketches

  • Working for employers, publications and manufacturers

  • Freelance

  • Drawing sewing patterns 

  • Using drawing skills to design clothes as well as accessories

  • Love and good eye for fashion

  • Skills in CAD

  • Creative

  • Good visualisation skills

  • Great eye for detail

  • Strong Portfolio

  • Formal training in illustration

  • Maintaining a sketchbook

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Interesting Facts about the career

Fashion Illustration History

Notable Illustrators in the past: Paul Iribe (1883–1935), Carl 'Eric' Erickson (1891–1958), Erté' Romain de Tirtoff (1892-1990), Christian Bérard (1902–1949), Max Hoff (1903 – 1985), Dagmar Freuchen (1907-1991), Ruth Sigrid Grafstrom (1905-1986), Rene Gruau (1909–2004), Irwin Crosthwait (1914–1981), Lila De Nobili (1916–2002), Bernard Blossac (1917–2002), Kenneth Paul Block (1924–2009), Andy Warhol (1928–1987), Antonio Lopez (1943–1987), Joel Resnicoff (1948–1986)

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