Fashion Illustrators

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 electronic formats. Illustrations are used to advertise new fashions, promote models, and popularize designers. Approximately 23,600 illustrators and other fine artists are employed in the United States; only a small percentage of these professionals specialize in fashion illustration.


Quick Facts
Duties Use a variety of media to create illustrations that appear in print and electronic formats
Alternate Title(s) None
Salary Range Below $25,000 to $100,000
Employment Prospects Fair
Advancement Prospects Fair
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 throughout the country
Education and Training
  • High School Diploma
  • Some Postsecondary Training
Related School Subjects
  • Art
  • Art History
  • Business
Experience Professional drawing experience; or experience as an illustrator's assistant
Skills
  • Business Management
  • Digital Media
  • Drawing/Design
Personality Traits
  • Artistic
  • Creative
  • Outgoing
Licensure/Certification None
Career Ladder
  • Fashion Illustration Firm Owner
  • Fashion Illustrator
  • Assistant to Fashion Illustrator