Fashion Illustrators


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 digital formats. Illustrations are used to advertise new fashions, promote models, and popularize designers. Approximately 28,600 illustrators and other fine artists are employed in the United States; only a small percentage of these professionals special...

Quick Facts


Median Salary



Employment Prospects



Minimum Education Level

High School Diploma



Professional drawing experience



Business Management


Personality Traits



Fashion illustrators earned salaries that ranged from $38,000 to $67,000 in 2019, according to The U.S. Department of Labor reports that fine artists, including illustrators, earned median annual salaries of $49,380 in May 2018. The lowest 10 percent of all fine artists earned less than $20,020, and the highest 10 percent earned more than $97,710.

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Work Environment

Although illustrators typically have well-lighted, organized work spaces with room to accommodate their tools, they are also in a fast-paced, deadline-driven environment. Illustrators may often need to put in long or irregular hours to complete an assignment to a client’s satisfaction. Freelance illustrators have the added pressure of continually seeking new clients and uncertain incomes. Estab...


Little or no change in employment is expected for fine artists through 2028, according to the U.S. Department of Labor. For illustrators specifically working in fashion, employment will likely be dependent on the prosperity of companies and organizations that are involved with the fashion field, such as magazines, newspapers, advertising firms, and fashion houses. The outlook for these agencies...