Here is a pencil fashion illustration that I recently completed for online company I Love Cashmere. They required a fashion illustration to go on their website, to promote a new line of t shirts they are launching. I suppose lots of people associate cashmere strictly with woolly items, but cashmere makes a really luxurious t shirt when blended with cotton. I often get asked to do fashion illustrations for websites. A great image can really spruce up a website and add interest.
As a freelance fashion illustrator, at the beginning of my career I struggled a little bit with establishing a style. Because I originally came from a fashion design background, I learnt to use a varied style, a bit like a chameleon. But in the world of fashion illustration, its best to pioneer a certain style and stick with it so that people can recognize your work. That way, people can figure out what projects you would be best suited for.
Lately I am getting more and more requests for pencil and water colour illustration, so my style has sort of developed in that direction, and that is the style that I used for this fashion illustration. This is a really contemporary style that is currently in demand for fashion blog illustrations etc.
With this kind of illustration it’s best to do a rough pencil sketch first so the client can look at the sketch and make any amendments they may have. Here is the example of my pencil sketch for this illustration project.
This was my very first sketch, and the client was able to make alterations to this as it was sent to her via j peg file on e mail.
Here is the next sketch, where it is cleaned up to the next stage….. There is a lot of sketching and re sketching in fashion illustration!
As you can see, the sketch is getting to be more refined, but still needs to be really cleaned up in photoshop and then coloured digitally. You can get lots of photoshop brushes from the internet for free, that can emulate water colour really well. You do need to hand draw your original art though, as its very hard to actually draw on photoshop. Also, the reason that you only see half of the illustration is that I had to scan the two parts in separately, on an A4 scanner. I draw big to get the details all drawn clearly, but the problem with this is that most scanners only come in A4 !
Not to worry, you can always put the drawing back together in photoshop. I hope you like this illustration, I think its a good example of pencil fashion illustration. Whats your favourite style of illustration ?