Creative Fashion Illustration Techniques

A course by Connie Lim
Illustrator and Designer. Los Angeles, United States.
Joined January 2020
, Illustrator and Designer

Learn how to combine traditional drawing and collage techniques to create a dynamic fashion illustration

  • 99% positive reviews (112)
  • 2494 students
  • Audio: English
  • English, Spanish, Portuguese, German, French, Italian, Polish, Dutch

Learn how to combine traditional drawing and collage techniques to create a dynamic fashion illustration

  • 99% positive reviews (112)
  • 2494 students
  • 14 lessons (2h 35m)
  • 25 additional resources (12 files)
  • Online and at your own pace
  • Available on the app
  • Audio: English
  • English, Spanish, Portuguese, German, French, Italian, Polish, Dutch
  • Level: Beginner
  • Unlimited access forever

Fashion illustration is an exciting up-and-coming genre of illustration. There is an explosion of creativity in the industry and many illustrators take inspiration from fashion runways and editorials to create striking visual expressions through drawing and painting.

In this course, fashion illustrator Connie Lim teaches you how to combine traditional drawing techniques with a more experimental approach using mixed media to create exciting fashion illustrations. Using an editorial reference as a starting point, Connie guides you through the process for achieving the perfect pose and styling for your illustrated fashion figure.

What will you learn in this online course?

Course table of contents

  • U1
    U1. Introduction
  • U2
    U2. Research - the First Steps!
  • U3
    U3. Starting the Illustration
  • U4
    U4. Final Touches
  • FP
    FP Final project
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Get to know Connie, her career, and the people who have impacted her work the most. Then, she introduces you to the course’s content before embarking on your illustration journey.

First, learn how to gather research and inspiration, particularly the pose references via fashion editorials and makeup and beauty references via makeup and beauty images. This will help determine the aesthetics for your illustration. Then, look at a particular pose reference and learn some basics about figures in motion and how to draw the face.

Draw your final figure and, once you’re happy, start painting. Connie goes through some techniques and approaches that she uses, including painting from light to dark, adding details, using colored pencils, shadow grading, and more.

Next up, paint the figure and face. Draw your figure while outlining the garment to use the collage technique. Use various papers and materials for your collage and then add the clothing consulting your style reference.

Finalize your collage by cutting out the figure and applying some final corrections. Achieve the desired look, feel, and narrative by placing your finished collage in different places and photographing it.

What is this course's project?

Create a dynamic fashion illustration collage and take photos of it in different environments.

Projects by course students

Who is this online course for?

Anyone interested in fashion and arts, including those working in the field and those just interested. This course is open to fashion and art lovers who want to experience a new way of working.

Requirements and materials

Some basic figure drawing knowledge is ideal to take this course.

As for materials, you will need watercolor paper, tracing paper, a pencil, colored pencils, gouache, watercolors, masking tape, paintbrushes, glue, scissors, and an eraser.


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Connie Lim

A course by Connie Lim

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Illustrator and Designer

Connie Lim is a professional illustrator and designer from Los Angeles, California. She has trained at prestigious universities including the Art Center College of Art and Design Pasadena (Illustration, 2008) and UAL’s Central Saint Martins in London (Fashion Design with Marketing, 2013). As an artist specializing in fashion, she merges her love of illustration and fashion design to create unique and striking images with a strong personal vision.

Her clients include Guerlain, Bulgari, Louboutin, Bielo, and Revlon. Her work has been featured in books like Martin Dawber’s Great Big Book of Fashion Illustration, Beautiful by Gestalten, and Taschen’s The Illustrator: 100 Best from Around the World.


  • U1


    • Introduction
    • Influences
    • What Will We Do in This Course?
  • U2

    Research - the First Steps!

    • Materials
    • Pose and Styling - Research!
    • Creating Textures
  • U3

    Starting the Illustration

    • Drawing the Pose
    • Drawing the Face
    • Painting the Illustrations with Mixed Media
    • Finalizing the Base
    • Applying Textures for the Garments
  • U4

    Final Touches

    • Cutting and Adjusting
    • Different Backgrounds and Context
    • Taking Pictures and Posting on Instagram
  • FP

    Final project

    • Creative Fashion Illustration Techniques

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Creative Fashion Illustration Techniques. Illustration, and Fashion course by Connie Lim

Creative Fashion Illustration Techniques

A course by Connie Lim
Illustrator and Designer. Los Angeles, United States.
Joined January 2020
  • 99% positive reviews (112)
  • 2494 students