Fashion Illustration

FAD Christmas Card!

Firstly, I wanted to wish you all a very Happy Christmas!

I also need to apologise, as I have been pretty quiet over the past few months due to University coursework – second year is no picnic!

But I am back just before Christmas to share some exciting news. I was asked by fashion charity FAD (Fashion Awareness Direct) to illustrate their Christmas card for 2016, which was such an amazing honour and opportunity. So I thought I’d share the illustration with you all on the blog 🙂


If you’d like to find out more about FAD and the amazing work that they do for young people, you can have a look at their website here and have a look at a blog post I wrote about my experience with them a few years ago here.

I hope you all have a great Christmas and New Year, and I look forward to more blogging in 2017!

Featured Illustrator: Sara Ligari

This weeks featured illustrator is Sara Ligari. Sara Ligari is one of my favourite illustrators, she’s one of the illustrators that I look to for inspiration while I’m discovering my own illustration style. I hope you love her work as much as I do!

Name: Sara Ligari
Based in: Milan
Facebook: /sara.ligari
Instagram: @saraligari

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Featured Illustrator: Laura Callaghan

This weeks featured illustrator is Laura Callaghan. I love her fun, bold and colourful illustrations. Laura has a unique and individual take on fashion illustration, creating interesting scenes and backdrops for her illustrated women.  See more about her, and examples of her work below.

Name: Laura Callaghan
Nationality: Irish 
Instagram: @lauracallaghanillustration
Twitter: @lauramcallaghan





Featured Illustrator: Conrad Roset

This weeks featured illustrator is Conrad Roset. I’m a huge fan of his watercolour and ink illustrations, I first discovered him on Show Studio. See more about him, and examples of his work below.

Name: Conrad Roset 
Nationality: Spanish 
Facebook: /conradrosetart
Instagram: @conradroset
Twitter: @conradroset







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Finding your own Fashion Illustration Style

Hey Guys,

So today I thought I’d share with you my tips on how to find your own fashion illustration style. As a fashion design student I know how important it is to develop your own style of drawing to communicate your final design ideas. This is something that I have struggled with for a while as a student, but I have learnt that it is definitely something that comes with practice and that it is definitely a journey – I’m still working on developing my own illustration style now!

Although I haven’t figured out my own style completely just yet, I am feeling a lot more confident in my drawing style and I have a few tips on how you can also get started on your own illustration journey!

#1 – Research the work of other fashion illustrators 

This is a very important step, it is key that you find other illustrators who inspire you and whose work you admire.

Some of my favourite places to find illustrators is Instagram (I’ve put a few of my favourite accounts below), Pinterest and ShowStudio.

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#2 – Choose a few of your favourite illustrators 

After you feel you’ve done a good amount of research, choose a few of your favourite illustrators – no more than five. Note the techniques and medias that they use that you particularly like.

#3 – Find some editorial fashion photography images

Find some fashion photography images that you like that you can use as drawing references. This is a great way to come up with ideas for poses and composition for your illustrations. My favourite place to look for fashion photography images are magazines such as Dazed & Confused and Love Magazine.

If you prefer to draw completely from imagination, you can skip this step!

#4 – Draw, Draw, Draw!

Using the fashion photography images you found as references, and taking inspiration from your favourite illustrators, start drawing! Remember, these drawings do not need to be perfect masterpieces – they are all part of your development. This should be a fun process, so don’t be too hard on yourself, just keep drawing and one day everything will start clicking into place.

Try and vary the techniques that you use, including the media that you use, for example; use watercolour, pencils, fine-liners, ink etc. Combine different techniques from different illustrators to create individual pieces and unique ideas.

I hope this has been useful to some of you guys. Remember that I am also going through this same process trying to develop my own drawing style, so we’re all in this together! If you want to follow my progress you can follow me on Instagram where I occasionally post some of my practice illustrations. Feel free to tag me in any illustrations that you’ve created too, I’d love to see all of your work.


Interview with Fashion Illustrator Vlada Yershova

This week we have the amazing illustrator Vlada Yershova in the Tizz Tazz Spotlight. Keep reading to find out more about what inspires Vlada and her work.

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Name: Vlada Yershova
Age: 22
Nationality: Russian
Based in: Russia


Q – Describe your illustration style.
My drawing style varies from time to time. It depends on theme, mood, changing of life perceptions, etc. Now I am more into digital illustration and bold bright colors.

Q – What inspires you the most when creating your work?
It can be anything: a photograph, an image, a book, film, walk, person or traveling. For the last few months I have been creating the images based around specific topics which me and my friends brainstorm and use for the online magazine that we work on together.


Q – Is illustration what you’ve always wanted to do?
Not really. While I was growing I changed my mind many times and wanted to do completely opposite things like design, law, political science. However I’ve been drawing from a very young age. Maybe I just had to realize in the end that illustration is inherent part of my life.

Q – What route did you take to get you where you are today?
It all started when I applied for the course at London College of Fashion and moved to London. During my studies I was doing some freelance illustration work as well as interning in the fashion industry. Today I am a part of the team that creates and develops MART Pages online magazine on popular culture, fashion and hyperreality back in Russia. (


Q – What materials do you use to create your illustrations?
Usually I draw using a tablet. I also love drawing with ink and watercolor although I do that not too often. When it comes to actual paintings I prefer acrylic.

Q – What advice do you have for aspiring fashion illustrators?
I just want to let them know to be prepared to have a tough life if they concentrate solely on illustration. Drawing is amazing but if you want a decent life you should be open to learn and do other things. Also do not be afraid to talk and advertise your works anytime you have a chance. But probably the best thing to say would be to believe in yourself, keep on working to reach what you want and not letting the atmosphere and people around you have a bad influence on you, your aims and your dreams.

A huge thank you to Vlada for being interviewed and sharing such great tips and advice!

If you would like to see more of Vlada and her work, click on the links below:

Showtime: Vlada Yershova
Facebook: V.E.Illustration
Tumblr: Vladaershova
Instagram: @cllockworkorange

Interview with Fashion Illustrator Alison Hansen

This week we have Alison Hansen in the Tizz Tazz Spotlight! I love her colourful illustrations and I hope you are all inspired by her journey to where she is today 🙂

Name: Alison Hansen
Nationality: British
Based in: Warwickshire

Q – Describe your illustration style.
Fluid, with lots of movement, colourful, vibrant, energetic

Q – What inspires you the most when creating your work?
People watching, movies, TV shows, music, albums, pop videos, exhibitions, magazines, celebrities, pop culture, fashion, fashion history, music history, iconic images and albums, bands, and iconic celebrities and eras.


Q – Is illustration what you’ve always wanted to do?
I started in fashion design and worked for a long time in fashion and textile design before settling in fashion illustration.

Q – What route did you take to get you where you are today?
I did five years at college, ending up at the University of Westminster doing Fashion Design. I worked for a year in a print studio in London providing prints for high street companies. I then did 10 years full time in fashion and textile design in the USA and in Hong Kong. Then, I relocated to the UK to freelance in Fashion Illustration.


Q – What materials do you use to create your illustrations?
Pen, pencil, water colour, Photoshop and Illustrator.

Q – What advice do you have for aspiring fashion illustrators?
Keep drawing and drawing, look at other illlustrators to get your standards up. Follow other illustrators on Facebook and Instagram to see what they are up to, have an online portfolio, join all the online directories, join the Association of Illustrators, be on all social media and post your work regularly, join as many online portfolio sites as you can. On joining agencies, just because they sign you, doesn’t mean they will get you any work, beware of agencies who continually ask you for money for promoting you and then never get you any work.

Anything you draw tomorrow will be better than what you draw today so keep drawing, drawing drawing!!!!!! Also, don’t beat yourself up if not all your projects are for Vogue, you are lucky you are working and getting paid to draw something!!!! Work to build up a cohesive and high standard portfolio…very important!

A huge thank you to Alison for her amazing advice! I’m sure it will be invaluable for some of you aspiring illustrators.

If you would like to find out more about Alison and her work, click on the links below:

Facebook: Alison Hansen Illustration
Instagram: @alihansenillustration
Twitter: @hansen_ali
Pinterest: Alison Hansen


Interview with Fashion Illustrator Tracy Turnbull

This week we have talented fashion illustrator Tracy Turnbull in the Tizz Tazz Spotlight – I love Tracy’s fun and colourful illustrations! Keep on reading to find out more about her work and what inspires her.

Name: Tracy Turnbull
Age: I’m in my 40’s (ssshhhh dont tell anyone!)
Nationality: British
Based in: Newcastle upon Tyne, England


Q – Describe your illustration style.
Thats a hard one as I tend to change my style. At the moment My clients seem to be asking for hand drawn detailed pencil work which I colour digitally but I’d like to think that my work is fun and on trend.


Q – What inspires you the most when creating your work?
I take inspiration from many sources but mainly fashion, I always keep up to date with the designer collections not only for the garments but also the hairstyles, beauty trends and accessories. I also spend a lot of time collecting imagery from magazines, blogs and street style websites. I’m always on the look out for cool people to draw.

Q – Is illustration what you’ve always wanted to do?
I’ve always loved drawing from being a little girl but trained as a fashion designer and worked as a clothing designer for a good number of years. Although I enjoyed designing garments I especially loved the illustration side of design, it soon grew into an obsession and here I am today.

Q – What route did you take to get you where you are today?
I studied a BA (Hons) in Fashion Design and graduated from Newcastle Polytechnic (now University of Northumbria) in 1992.


Q – What materials do you use to create your illustrations?
I tend to use a mixture of hand drawing and digital colouring. I use a Wacom Cintiq tablet (I love it) and Photoshop.

Q – What advice do you have for aspiring fashion illustrators?
Go for it, its such a great career, hard work but really rewarding.

A huge thank you to Tracy for sharing her experiences and amazing illustrations with us.

If you would like to see more of Tracy and her work, click on the links below:

Agency: Illustration Ltd
Instagram: @tracyturnbull1
Twitter: @tt_illustrator
Pinterest: Tracy Turnbull