Are you an aspiring fashion illustrator? Perhaps it’s time to put down the pencil and notepad and pick up the industry’s latest must-have, a Wacom. The digital drawing tablet blends the beauty of ink on print with the special effects of Photoshop-like features. Vancouver-based illustrator Mandy Lau has mastered the new tech-tool and follows in the footsteps of many fashion labels who are embracing digital design, including Canada’s own Calla Haynes who can’t leave home without it.
Lau, who studied fashion illustration at the Vancouver Community College, shares with us how she brought her digital sketches to life:
On her aesthetic
I like illustration that evokes emotion. Whether or not I am successful in actually doing that with each illustration, I do try to achieve that.
On her fascination with fashion
I am fascinated with any piece of work that displays an incredible amount of thought and workmanship put into it. I adore couturiers, but also admire all the seamstresses behind the designers and labels who spend countless hours putting details and beading and seam finishes on garments. That type of work is undoubtedly admirable.
On her greatest achievement to date
I would say one of the best projects I’ve done to date were the mural illustrations for DNA3 condos – for their sales presentation centre on King West [in Toronto].