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Discovering fashion illustration

Working as a digital designer at Nelson Bostock, my day-to-day job revolves around wireframes, web and email design, and creating social media assets for various clients. But, outside of work I like to challenge myself by trying new things to remove myself from my creative comfort zone, and to get myself away from the computer screen.

I recently came across a fashion illustration masterclass workshop led by the fabulous Alen Clo – she’s an editorial fashion stylist turned fashion artist. Not to mention, she also has experience as a pattern cutter at Hobbs. Initially I was nervous, as I’m not familiar with the ins and outs of the fashion industry. However, I was really impressed with the open workshop structure, not to mention friendly people on the workshop.

During the workshop we explored the impact weight has on the human figure and how this affects the draping of the clothing. I also really enjoyed experimenting with elongated mark making, and watercolour pencils.

On a daily basis we work alongside our clients to bring the best creative output in line with our B2B and tech world. In time techy vector illustrations will be a thing of the past, as clients push to stand out amongst their competitors. You never know when these transferable skills will come in handy, for example the brush strokes learnt on this course could easily be pulled into a brush library in Adobe Illustrator – evoking emotion and motion, bringing images to life.

The course helped me push my creative boundaries. Check out  upcoming fashion illustration masterclasses here and you can find out more of Alen Clo’s work on Instagram.

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