Creatives around the world: A Fashion Illustrator in London

Welcome to my new blog series: creatives around the world. In a slight change from the usual programme of hotspots and city guides, I decided to put together some interesting reads about people making a living from their creative talents. I’m always inspired by hearing other people’s stories, and I hope you will be too. We begin our story in London…

Meet Megan (or @mrscmillo as she is more commonly known): a 19 year old Freelance Fashion Illustrator living in Dalston, London. Despite being relatively new to the scene, Megan has been making waves in the fashion world. I caught up with her to get the lowdown on what life looks like for her at the moment.

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Megan at work

Where is your place of work?

I work from varied locations, from my home studio to my professional studio – Platform Southwark. I also work on-site with clients in stores and at exhibitions or events.

What does your average day look like?

Lots of admin! I’d hate to admit it, the artistic life includes a lot of back and forth with clients, finding and confirming jobs, and invoicing. I try to spend at least two hours drawing, whether that is from life at a cafe/park, at a life drawing class, from images, or from client reference points. Every day is different. I pretty much work 12-13 hour days, 7 days a week.

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A snapshot of Megan’s illustrations

Do you ever travel for work?

I travel at least 5 or 6 times a year, mainly for the fashion weeks. I’m in Paris 6 times a year for menswear, womenswear and couture weeks. I recently started attending Milan and Florence, so that will be another additional 4 trips per city each year. In addition to all that there’s fashion weeks in places like like Poland and Berlin. Every year it changes but that’s why I love it!

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A front row regular

What do you enjoy most about what you do?

The freedom, and that no day is ever the same. I think it gives you so much more time to be creative: it gives you the leniency to be creative when you feel creative, rather than the restricted hours of a 9-5 Monday to Friday!

What are the negatives?

Ironically the lack of schedule and having no idea of what could pop up. That goes hand in hand with the uncertainty of work coming through. It’s difficult to know if you’ll be able to pay the bills until you get to the point of actually having to pay them! But that’s the struggle any creative will understand and relate to.

What has been the highlight(s) of your creative career?

Working with some of my favourite brands: Swarovski, Paul Smith, Estee Lauder and more. It all feels quite surreal to me as i’m still relatively new to the game. Being able to attend Paris Couture week and sitting next to David Downton (an incredible fashion illustrator and the reason I knew fashion illustration existed) was pretty good too!

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Megan illustrating for Swarovski

What are your plans for the future?

Just to plod on, I think good things come to those who work hard and go get it. So that’s the plan, the more I work the better work will come. In the next 5 years I’d love to be represented by an agency, but I think it takes time to find the right one for you. Other than that, the aim keep drawing and doing what I love – cheesey I know but very true

Thanks Megan for sharing your story. If you want to check out more of her beautiful work, head over to her site.

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