A good fashion illustrator is more than somebody who can draw excellent fashion images. He or she must also have the business mind to create the most visually appealing images that would salivate people in order to attract businesses.
For instance, if you create a book cover, it must make prospective buyers do more than merely glancing at it. It must make the book marketable. It must create the psychological effect to wanting it.
Thanks to the fashion-conscious society we live in, you can be a fashion illustrator wherever you live. Contrary to popular belief, you don't need to live in Paris, Milan, New York, Los Angeles and San Francisco to earn a good living as a fashion illustrator.
As long as you live in a region where there are fashion designers, mail-order businesses and clothing manufacturers, you can live your dream! After all, the Internet and one-day courier service make almost everything possible nowadays.
A fashion illustrator is always in demand because there will always be new
fashion designers, book covers and advertisements.
The job of a successful illustrator is all about Getting Paid to Draw Fashion Trends and Have Fun. Whether you are from the design fraternity or from the commerce background, you stand a good chance of becoming a successful fashion illustrator, provided you know how to co-ordinate your mind, heart and hand well.
A few personalities that you need to have to be a successful Illustrator :
- Technical Skills
- Drawing Skills
- Computer Skills
- Visual Imagination
- Artistic Sensitivity
There are several ways to join this fashion industry as an illustrator,
a few of which are :
- Freelance (without an agent)
- Freelance with an agent
- Employed by a retailer
- Employed by a publication (magazine, book publisher, newspaper, etc.)
- Employed by a fashion house
- Employed by an independent designer
- Employed by an advertising company
- Employed by a fashion manufacturer
- Employed by a direct-mail company
- Open your own studio
There are several career paths in this field that you can choose based on your strengths and interests. You’re not
restricted to working for a fashion magazine or opening your own studio, if that's not your interest.