Tuesday, 30 July 2013

Melissa Bailey Illustration

I have been lucky enough to have recently caught up with the talented UK Fashion Illustrator Melissa Bailey, the artist behind images that have been featured in the likes of Harpers BAZAAR Australia, The Sunday Times Style Magazine and Fabulous Magazine. I asked her a few questions about her life, loves and future goals. Her work is inspired by fashion, feminine beauty and the joy of life. Melissa specialises in all things fashion related, beauty products and bridal illustration.

1. How long have you been illustrating? Is it what you always wanted to do?
Professionally, for about two years. But before that I studied illustration at university. It wasn't until I left school and went to college at 18 that I discovered that I could take an illustration course, let alone have it as a career. And before all that I wanted to be an animator.

2. How do you get your illustration work 'out there'?
The internet. A powerful tool as we all know. Getting a website that looks professional and well designed is the best thing I ever did in terms of gaining exposure and gaining new clients.

3. What's your preferred medium for your creations?
Watercolours and pencil, and to finish up, I use photoshop to alter and colour if needed.

4.Who have been your main influences both professionally and personally?
Illustrators: Kelly Smith, David Downtown, Cate Parr to name a few. 

5.If you could illustrate for anyone, who would it be?
It would be my dream to illustrate for Vogue. I could die happy once that happened.

6. What's your personal fashion style?
I love vintage. I'd say I dress quite girly, but I like to mix it up a little. The way I dress entirely depends on my mood. One day I can be all in black, the next in a floral print dress (my fav). I also have an obsession with ankle boots. I'd say my favourite style is a combination; A feminine dress teamed with studded ankle boots and my black leather fringed jacket, and a bit of red lipstick for good measure!

7. Do you have a style icon?
I couldn't pick one, there's the classics; Brigitte Bardot, Audrey Hepburn. I also love the style of Zooey Deschanel, Lana Del Rey and Kate Moss. 

8. Do you follow any blogs, if so who?
Yes lots! My favourite at the moment is "a beautiful mess". I also love to follow other illustrators and mostly anything fashion related. Oracle fox, and Pandora are two of my faves.

9. Do you have any tips for budding fashion illustrators?
Find your own personal style that works for you. It's fine trying to replicate other illustrators at first but being unique is what will land you the clients. Don't just follow trends, really work at developing your skills and the rest will follow!

10. What are you goals for the future?
My main goal is to just keep working and building up my client base. My other goal is to be more organised. As I'm effectively running a business, there are lots of things that need to be recorded and kept track of. I find it hard to try and focus on the business side of things and be creative and focus on the actual work at the same time. I have to set aside separate days for both things.

To find out more about Melissa Bailey and see her full portfolio visit her blog and website

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