Hey Connie, tell us about your path into the world of fashion illustration.
I started my art when I went to Art Center in LA. Originally, I wanted to design video game characters, but we had to mandatorily take a fashion illustration class and I just fell in love with it. I was really interested in the clothes and my tutor said I had a good expression of fashion. But at the time, I wasn't very confident in myself as an illustrator, so I decided to go into fashion design and moved to London to study at Central Saint Martins. While studying in the program, I realized I didn't want to make clothes, I just wanted to draw. I wasn't passionate about fabrics, but I could illustrate things really well. I'm glad I came to London because of all the connections I made and the creativity in the city. Being in the center of it is quite nice. Now, I'm kind of rebranding at the moment as a live events illustrator. I draw backstage at fashion shows and for brands. I really like drawing live people.
Why the change to event illustration?
I discovered that it’s the thing I love doing the most and I'm probably better at that than anything else. I've recently finished a job with Alexander McQueen at their store in December. I think it has helped me be part of the community because you meet people who actually buy the garments, and you build better connections with brands. So, it's my goal this year to fully transition.
What do you feel was your ‘big break’ project?
When I graduated, for one of my final projects, I produced playing cards and they were produced by the company that does all the Las Vegas cards. That was quite a big moment for me as a personal project. When you have something produced, you feel a little bit more validated as an artist.