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Ok, a quick background bout myself and the situation. My focus primarily revolves doing digital scifi illustrations and concept art, my love for graphic novels and 'some' manga can be seen through some of my personal pieces; I have no frakin clue about fashion, the industry itself, and I'm barely up to date on pop culture. Evidently, that's why I got picked up to be the chief illustrator for a major DC fashion event - an outsider to bring a fresh perspective to this years theme and look, which happens to be somewhat scifi orientated. To say I'm nervous is to be the understatement of the century.
Anyways, I'll be doing the title illustrations to be displayed at various events throughout the year leading up to the big show. The creative director told me they could have easily hired a fashion illustrator but wanted to bring someone entirely foreign to the industry to help accomplish this by introducing, something inshort, illustrations more suited for an imaginefx magazine (which is what I bring to each one of our creative meetings)
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I was hoping to get a handle on what is the norm in terms of art and illustrations used in the fashion industry. What is the traditional look or style? Which fashion illustrators have made a name for themselves, who I should research in terms inspiration, or has made a impact in some way in fashion. In short, what is 'fashion illustration?'
Which sci fi illustrators/artist/designers, have made an impact in fashion or in hollywood?
Also, has any artist here have any experience in the fashion industry. Perhaps some advice, tips? Do's and dont do's? What to expect? ETC.
Finally, any ideas or advice to share on how to bridge the world of sci fi concept art with fashion?
Right now I'm conceptualizing the title illustration to be shown at a Benefit hosted by Guess and Teen Vogue. The creative director wants 'robocop in a victorian dress.' fun...I'll be posting something in the WIP forum as things get underway. Until then, I'm very much looking forward to what some of you have to say