Fashion Illustrators

Fashion Illustrator at Work

Fashion illustrators work in the exciting world of fashion. Their artistic focus is specifically on styles of clothing and personal image. Illustrators use a variety of media (for example, pencil, pen and ink, or computer technology) to create illustrations that appear in print and digital formats. Illustrations are used to advertise new fashions, promote models, and popularize designers. Approximately 12,240 illustrators and other fine artists are employed in the United States; only a small percentage of these professionals specialize in fashion illustration.

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Quick Facts
Alternate Title(s) None
Duties Use a variety of media to create fashion illustrations that appear in print and digital formats
Salary Range Below $25,000 to $100,000
Work Environment Primarily Indoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Best opportunities are available in cities with strong fashion industries such as New York, Miami, and Los Angeles, although jobs can be found in all regions
Minimum Education Level
  • High School Diploma
  • Some Postsecondary Training
School Subjects
  • Art
  • Art History
  • Business
Experience Professional drawing experience; or experience as an illustrator's assistant
Personality Traits
  • Artistic
  • Creative
  • Outgoing
  • Business Management
  • Digital Media
  • Drawing/Design
Certification or Licensing None
Special Requirements None
Employment Prospects Fair
Advancement Prospects Fair
Outlook Little Change or More Slowly than the Average
Career Ladder
  • Fashion Illustration Firm Owner
  • Fashion Illustrator
  • Assistant to Fashion Illustrator