Fashion Illustrator After Fine Arts

It is a wrong notion that artists are not paid much or that there are no options for them other than just creating works of art, showcasing in galleries, or teaching art as a profession. On contrary, fine art graduates are very sought after and are required in various fields because of their creativity and innovative ideas for which they are trained. Fine arts course train these graduates to be very observant and have a great idea of perception and an artist’s vision is always unique from the rest of the world.

The more the talent in a fine art graduate, the more the opportunities open up. One of the fields that fine art artists who also love fashion can get into is becoming a fashion illustrator. In the fine arts course, students are taught the anatomy of the human body, and hence it becomes very easy for those graduates who are fashion savvy to get into fashion illustration. Almost all big fashion houses have fashion illustrators. Of course it is always better to have computer aided skills along with the fine arts course, which will make the job much easier.

Initially it might take time for the business to pick up, as the fresher has to build a good portfolio and client base. Also one should be open for criticism, as the clients expectations would be high in this field. The nature of job is that the fashion illustrator will work very closely with fashion designers to create beautiful costume illustrations. They will also work with the art directors to create artistic images. Fashion industry is really huge, and there are lots of people who invest in the latest trends, and hence the fashion illustrator has to be very innovative and futuristic in his or her creations and it has to appeal everybody. The illustrations can also be used in television commercials, catalogs, magazines, print ads, and other forms of presentation.

The fashion illustrator will also be involved in selecting appropriate colours, sound, and animation for the designs as per the current fashion concept. Main job is to understand what the designer wants to depict in his fashion line and bring it to life through illustration.

Fashion illustrator can work for big fashion houses or can also be self-employed. In case of being self-employed, the illustrator has to involve even in marketing and financial management. A fashion illustrator has to be in constant touch with fashion and has to keep updating himself or herself about the current and latest trends. It is also very important to have constant practice of illustration and the ideas of rendering colours. Sometimes illustrations are needed in a few minutes, and hence it is very important to hone the skills so as to do the illustration as fast as in a few minutes. Colour rendering, pose, poise, attitude, dress, proportions, style, accessories, hair styles, all these are very important in an illustration.

The job of a fashion illustrator is not just limited to fashion industry or self employment. A fashion illustrator can also work in media organizations, fashion publications, retail chains, fashion show production companies, fashion design studios, advertising agencies, and many more fields. A person with a fine arts course and computer designing skills is bound to get a lot of opportunities in the fashion field. It is also very important to be tech savvy in this field. Networking through social media like Facebook, Twitter, YouTube are of utmost important in this field. Business management skills and people skills are also equally important to get around in this business.

A passion for fashion and constant updating and practice are the main skills needed to work as a fashion illustrator.

Fine arts course can lead to endless number of opportunities for those with talent and passion.

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The Importance of Getting Illustrator Fashion Templates

The process of creating clothes can be a daunting task. It involves a series of processes that include design and stitching of the garment. If you have a business, it is not possible for you to be able to do everything by yourself. One of the areas that require a lot of work is the process of design. It is the sketches that you come up with at this stage that determine the eventual outcome of the clothes. In the past, people had to sketch these designs on paper. However, today you can get flat sketches of shirts or women clothing by using software on your computer. There are people that are experts in the production of illustrator fashion templates. These templates show the lines and cuts that you will use in the production of the clothes.

There are different types of illustrator fashion templates that you can choose depending on the type of clothes that you want to produce. If you want to produce male clothing then you need to get illustrator fashion templates that will be able to help you produce the clothes. This is normally the first step and the most important step because it forms the foundation of the whole process of producing clothes. The flat sketches of shirts that you get will be used to understand how to cut the material and the eventual outcome of the design. These sketches are produced by designers that have been in the industry and understand the whole process of cloth production. They are able to produce fashion design templates men without any problem.

It is also important when getting fashion design templates men to get someone that will offer you a variety in design. The best thing about these sketches is that they can be produced in bulk. They are produced on the computer so it is possible to make copies that can be given to several people. This helps especially if you are producing clothes in bulk. The flat sketches of shirts can be distributed to several dressmakers at the same time to produce what you need. This is convenient and will save you a lot of time.

Fashion design templates men are also affordable. If you buy these templates from a designer that produces them, you can buy different designs at an affordable price. This is cheaper than hiring the services of the designer to be producing designs for you constantly. When you hire a designer, you will have to pay him/her monthly and insure. This is not cheap because hiring professional designer is quite expensive. Buying illustrator fashion templates are an easier process because you only order for them when you need them. You will also only pay for the templates that you need. It is important when choosing these templates to think about what you want to produce. These designers have templates for every type of clothing including bags. It is also important to consider the cost your budget and to make sure that you get affordable prices for these templates.

Andrea Peters is the author of this article on illustrator fashion templates.
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Illustrator For Fashion Design

The industry-leader for creating vector artwork is, of course, Adobe Illustrator and it’s used by professional illustrators and designers the world over. Used widely in the fashion industry, whether creating the initial concept artwork or producing the finished pattern line art for exporting to CAD software, Illustrator is also used to put together storyboards complete with colourways and repeat pattern prints.

In addition Illustrator can be used to create posters, flyers and even multi-page magazine articles and brochures. Using Illustrator in an efficient and creative manner is therefore a must for any budding fashion designer.

Aspects of the program which illustrators need to perfect are working with the various drawing tools, modifying existing drawings, as well as importing photographs or concept sketches for tracing. We would also create repeat prints from scratch, or from existing fabric swatches. An understanding of colour and importing Pantone swatches is important, as well as adding text, dimensions, company logos and borders to your images.

The final stage is outputting the artwork, either for print media or web. Designers will often be required to organize and review large collections of files, including setting up a web gallery. This is all possible within Illustrator and related Adobe programs.

As mentioned above the first step is often to import a sketch or photo into Illustrator to use as a basis for drawing. We would do so via the File menu and tick the Template check box – this will import the image onto its own greyed-out layer with an additional drawing layer on top. We could unlock the bottom layer in order to move or scale the image. We then use the Pen or Pencil tool to draw around half of the garment, using a black stroke and no fill colour, which will make it easier to see what we’re drawing. It’s important to remember that our drawing does not need to be perfect. We can modify the smoothness of the Pencil tool, for example, by double-clicking on the tool to increase the Smoothness slider. The resultant shape can also be modified using the Add Anchor Point tool, the Delete Anchor Point tool and the Anchor Point tool. The last mentioned will convert sharp corners to smooth curves, and vice versa. We can also move points and handles using the Direct Selection tool.

We now select the half-shape and double-click on the Reflect tool in order to mirror the shape. This will result in creating two halves of the garment. We then join the upper and lower anchor points using the right-click functions of Average and Join. This gives us the basic outline of the garment. We now follow a similar series of steps to create items like cuffs, collars, trim, etc.

The next step is to add colour and/or patterns to the garment. Basic colour swatches can be found in the Swatches panel, and we can of course load libraries of colours from the panel options pop-up list on the top right of the panel.

Repeat patterns can be created using Illustrator’s Pattern Maker function, the details of which may found in a future a blog post.

We can see from this brief introduction why Adobe Illustrator has become the illustration tool of choice for fashion illustrators the world over.

Tom Gillan has been training Illustrator to corporate clients in Sydney for seven years. You can learn more about Adobe Illustrator Courses when you click this link.

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Illustrator For Fashion

Fashion Illustrators the world over use Adobe Illustrator for creating vector artwork for professional fashion and accessory production. The main applications are in creating patterns for garment design and for producing repeat prints in textiles manufacturing.

The program is used at all stages, from creating the initial conceptual artwork to producing the finished pattern line art which is then exported to CAD software. In addition Illustrator is used to construct mood boards or story boards complete with colour-ways. The program’s versatility extends to the creation of flyers, posters and even multi-page brochures.

These processes involve working with Illustrator’s various drawing tools, as well as modifying existing drawings, and importing photographs and sketches for tracing over. Repeat prints can be created from scratch, or using existing fabric swatches. Colour libraries like Pantone swatches are often used, and can be loaded into Illustrator’s own interface. Text and dimensions may be added to the fashion images, as well as company logos and ornate borders. Artwork is finally out-putted for print media or web.

The first step in the whole process is sourcing of images, either from photographs or concept sketches. We then create a new Illustrator document specifying various art boards- these are basically multiple pages, but can be of various sizes within the one document. We then import our sourced images into the Illustrator file using the Place and Template functions. Using the latter option creates a locked, semi-transparent layer which shows our source image, together with a blank drawing layer on top. The locked layer may be unlocked in order to scale or move or rotate the image, then locked again.

The drawing layer having been made active we would then use a variety of tools to draw the garment, for example. It is common practice to create a vertical non-printing guide dragged from the vertical left-hand ruler using the Selection tool, to half the garment – in this way we simply draw half the garment and reflect it to create the other half. One popular method is to use the Pen tool and simply click around the subject creating a very blocky version of the garment. We can then switch to the Anchor Point tool in order to add softness or plasticity to each corner point.

Alternatively, we can use the Pencil tool – this has been improved a lot in the last few versions of Illustrator. Double-click on the Pencil tool to reveal the tool’s options. Move the Smoothness slider all the way to the right, to give the smoothest possible interpretation of your line – this will iron out any shaky irregularities in the lines drawn.

Having drawn half of the garment we then select it with the Selection tool, and double-click on the Reflect tool – this will open up the dialog box for this tool. Tick Preview to see the result, and choose the Vertical reflection option. If happy with the result we then hit the Copy button. The two halves of the garment can then be realigned and the top and bottom anchor points joined together. In this way we have a complete object which can later be filled with a Fill colour or a repeat print.

The various garment details are then created in a similar manner, before adding text and colour-ways, and finally exporting the Illustrator file as a PDF to send to a client.

Tom Gillan has been training Indesign to corporate clients in Sydney for seven years. You can learn more about Adobe Illustrator Courses at Design Workshop Sydney.

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