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.
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