Since I decided to dedicate more time to my illustrations I have been researching a lot. And one of the things I came across was the existence of the profession, costume illustrator.
I have worked with costumes for a few years, and never came across a costume illustrator. When working with other designers there were never time to really sketch anything and when designing the films myself I always did my own sketches.
I always thought designers did their own sketches. Why? Well, how hard it must be to tell somebody to sketch something that is in your head? I don't know if I could do that. Also, it must be difficult as well to have to sketch something that isn't your idea.
But they do exist, mostly for the major films where costumes need to be created from scratch and producers need details of what they are paying for.
They are part of the crew just like costume supervisors and set costumers. They travel with the designers and are probably just as close to them as their assistants.
I'm not sure if is something I would like to do, I like the idea of sketching my own designs when it comes to costumes.
As I was reading about them, I realized that their illustrations not only need to show the character but details of armors, and fabric. I'm not surprise that most of them use photoshop and other programs to do their drawings. They really become a technical drawing just like a blueprint for architects.
Here are a few examples by the illustrator Phillip Boutte Jr.