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Interview with Marcos Chin, Fashion Illustrator

Interview with Marcos Chin, Fashion Illustrator

Penelope Dullaghan

October 12, 2009


Marcos Chin graduated from the Ontario College of Art and Design, in Toronto, Canada. Since then, his work has appeared on book covers, advertisements, fashion catalogues, magazines, and CD covers. He has received a gold medal from the Society of Illustrators Los Angeles, and has had his work published in numerous award annuals such as Communication Arts and American Illustration.

Perhaps the most recognizable work amidst his portfolio are the illustrations he has done for Lavalife’s international advertising campaign; appearing on subways, billboards, print and online.

Marcos has given lectures throughout the US and Canada and currently lives in New York City, where he teaches Fashion Illustration at the School of Visual Arts.

How did you get started in the illustration field?

The way that I got started was through an instructor at the school where I attended (Ontario College of Art and Design, in Toronto) who taught an “Art Director Workshop” during my junior or senior year; his name was James Ireland. James was an art director who owned his own firm, by the same name, and worked with many Canadian trade publications. One of his assignments was to give students a “real” article in one of his magazines to illustrate; the one that was chosen as the most successful would be published. Unfortunately, since I was not registered in his class, I was not allowed to participate; however I saw this as an opportunity to at least show my portfolio to him; to receive a critique from a “real” art director.

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