Interview with : Stephanie Surtida, Fashion illustrator
Updated on: 17 Nov 2015
Boss Lady is a series that shares personal insights from creative women in business. Today we chat with Stephanie Surtida, a fashion illustrator who uses a unique style of sketching that she calls "intuitive illustrating." Stephanie shares with us how she started and more.
1. Tell us a little about yourself and your career.
I'm Stephanie living and creating in Los Angeles. I am essentially a Fashion Illustrator but with that I do fashion trend research and illustrate what's influential in style, color, design, and other things. My main focuses usually include street style, fashion week, and of course fashion bloggers.
2. Describe your relationship with fashion. Why is that your artistic focus?
It resonates for some reason. I can never get bored of it because there's always something new to look out for. Fashion is very playful and it goes beyond the clothes on a woman's body.
3. What prompted you to start your own business?
It started with the decision to just start doing the things that made me happy which mainly included drawing.. specifically fashion illustrating. I was just coming out of a dark period in my life where my dad had left and I was in a very turbulent relationship with my then traveling boyfriend. To cope with my pain I started drawing again which quickly became a hobby. It definitely brought a little light back into my life, and I wanted to continue to move forward with it. Fashion illustrating wasn't a very known career at the time, but I found that there were more reasons to try than not. I began sharing my work with the public on Instagram and eventually was contacted to do collaborations and commissioned fashion illustrations. From there I realized how much I enjoyed getting paid to do what I love and decided to work towards being a fashion illustrator full-time. And everything just fell into place.