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Winning Tips on How to Get Your Fashion Illustrations Seen


Are you thinking about getting into fashion illustration? Have you ever drawn several or even just one exceptional fashion illustration that you would want a celebrity to wear? Having your fashion illustration seen might not be as difficult as you think. It will involve spending some time, having some patience, hard work, maybe some rejection, and knowing the right people.

Nevertheless, with a few basic steps, your fashion illustration might get into the right hands. Certainly, it would be an honor to have one of the hottest celebrities wear your gown at an up-and-coming award show.

Set up a Portfolio

Similar to a photographer trying to get seen, setting up a portfolio is an excellent way to organize and display your work. Basically what you would need is a nice binder and page protectors to put your drawings into. The general rule is, the more illustrations you have, the better off you are. It would also be advisable to make a few extra copies of your portfolio. With your portfolio in hand, anyone can see your ideas.

Some of the people who might want to see your fashion illustration and perhaps use them would be a local designer, a famous fashion designer, or perhaps even a design teacher who has plenty of connections. In this field it pays not to be shy. Do not be afraid to display your portfolio, even if you think you might be somewhat annoying to people.

If you believe your fashion illustration is superior than the next person's, then it deserves to be seen. It also helps to have an open mind as some people who are willing to see it say it is bad or they give you the advice on certain things to change then it may be a good idea to listen to those who are experienced in this field.

Bring Your Illustrations to Life

The majority of people have a difficult time visualizing pictures and ideas. They are what is known as "kinesthetic" people and usually need something they can hold onto and feel and possibly even try on.

Don't be concerned if you do not have any type of sewing skills. With some money or even just connections, you can have your fashion illustration brought to life. The majority of design students will usually work for free if they can get credit for it. All that is necessary is basically to purchase the material.

Another type of person who might be able to put together your ideas is a seamstress or a tailor. Typically quite a few dry cleaning places have sewers. It might be possible to set something up on the side. With your new piece, you can present to store owners, boutique owners, or possibly even a celebrity.

Enter a Contest

This may seem a little challenging to get your fashion illustration seen, however entering a contest might be a good way to try. You never know; if you happen to win, then not only will you win the prize, you may also get some connections in the process where you can send more of your illustrations to.


Submitted by:

Korbin Newlyn

Listen to Korbin Newlyn as he shares his insights as an expert author and an avid writer in the field of fashion. If you would like to learn more go to Fashion Design advice and at 80s Fashion tips.





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