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.
#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.