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FIDARTS 4 week May 2023 - Commercial Fashion Illustration Course (01.05.2023 - 26.05.2023)

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FIDARTS' 4 week Commercial Fashion Illustration Course offers experienced fashion illustrators the opportunity to receive comprehensive tuition from industry experts. This comprehensive course focuses on the fundamentals of luxury fashion illustration, best practices, and professional development. Participants will develop a unique professional portfolio of new work under the guidance of experts.

Fidarts Commercial Fashion Illustration course is a brand new education programme, focusing on the artistic, financial and commercial side of fashion illustration and art, teaching techniques and methods of how to draw, design and earn a living. Fashion illustration is so important in the industry of fashion and social media, with the rise in technology and social media platforms this space provides a crucial opportunity to elevate and promote your practice.

During this course you will learn a variety of techniques and processes, providing you with the tools to improve your fashion illustrations and build a robust online following.

Each week you will be shown various techniques involving both traditional and digital methods from ink, coloured pencil, fabric rendering and fashion proportions. The experienced collection of tutors will offer a variety of skills and abilities giving live feedback during the lectures online. 

Throughout the course you will develop a visual language and understanding of how to critique your work, helping you to own your vision and personal style. The course will open you up to new ways of working and will create a support network for you and a peer group to share ideas and give feedback. 

Who should consider this course?

This course is for all levels of fashion creatives, either in the field of fashion or with an interest in drawing fashion. We will be able to work from the ground up, developing the skills from an amateur to a high profile illustrator. 

Course Details:

  • Understanding the role of the fashion artist/illustrator
  • Finding and developing a visual style
  • Development of sketchbook 
  • The role of social media and personal promotion
  • Where to share and promote work online 
  • Development and construction of a portfolio
  • Building and enhancing styles and techniques 
  • A better understanding of colour theory and colour mixing
  • Understanding composition and fashion form
  • Decoding collections and catwalks
  • Drawing from live shows and referencing magazines
  • Improving your knowledge of fashion and industry trends and looks

On this course you will receive the following:

  • Live online course with lectures by top industry professionals and a course leader
  • Learning outcomes provided by the course objectives
  • Online forum for peer-to-peer reviews and feedback
  • Certificate on completion
  • Pre-recorded talks from Fashion Week and live crits.
  • Building a peer group and networking opportunities
  • Forming a community of other creatives and fashion illustrators 
  • Joining the fida family and a community of other illustrators and artists 


Week 1 - Understanding the industry and building a sketchbook

  • Live online course with course leader 
  • Lectures by top industry professionals
  • Discussing learning outcomes for the course
  • Project outline and expectations
  • Initial discussion on styles and approaches to fashion illustration
  • The history of fashion illustration
  • Project feedback
  • Pre-recorded Zoom talks from fashion artists
  • Pre-recorded Zoom talks to watch at a later date
  • Building and development of sketchbook 


Week 2 - Exploring techniques and developing a personal style

  • Live online course with course leader and talks with industry experts
  • Project outline and expectations
  • Practicing different techniques with tutors
  • Online forum for peer-to-peer reviews and feedback
  • Understanding trend forecasting
  • Decoding collections and catwalks
  • Experimenting with new media and technology
  • Project feedback
  • Pre-recorded Zoom talks from fashion course content
  • Pre-recorded Zoom talks to watch at a later date
  • Building and development of sketchbook 


Week 3 - Online and social media presence

  • Live online course with course leader
  • Project outline and expectations
  • Lectures by top industry professionals on social media and online promotion 
  • Understanding social media opportunities and engagement
  • Experimenting with new promotional techniques and platforms 
  • Create promotional material to review
  • Project feedback
  • Pre-recorded Zoom talks from fashion industry
  • Pre-recorded Zoom talks to watch at a later date
  • Building and development of sketchbook 


Week 4 - Online and portfolio development

  • Live online course with course leader
  • Review content created for course
  • Review current portfolio and assess student’s various promotional channels 
  • Uploading of work online via social media, website, promotional space
  • Final group critique of work
  • Feedback for work throughout the course
  • Pre-recorded Zoom talks to watch at a later date
  • Complete course and receive certificate
  • Join the fidarts peer group for future discussions

Course leader

Patrick Morgan MA RCA - clients Tom Ford, Dior, LVMH, Yves Saint Laurent, Alberta Ferretti, Tiffany & Co, Halston and more.

Visiting lectures by Special Guests from Industry

Richard Haines - Prada, Acne Studio, Dries Van Noten

Elly Azizian - Couture fashion illustrator

Flaminia Rossi - Fashion Digital illustrator - Lacoste 

Hana Tischler - Award winning illustrator/ artist 

Beth Fraser - Fashion illustrator Victoria & Albert Museum