Pauline Carrasco Cuevas is a designer at Disguise, the world's leading costume design and manufacturing company. When she started out, she didn't expect to design costumes but the job has proven to be both creative and challenging. She sat down with us and shared some industry insights.
How did you get into the costume design industry?
I went to school for fine art and ultimately finished with a degree in graphic design. My work has always been a blend of my fine art illustrative style while utilizing graphic design concepts and layout. I began working in the advertising field in 2007, doing all kinds of work - from print ads, web, trade show graphics, to branding and logo design.
Now, working as a costume artist is great way to fully use all my strengths as a designer and artist.
I also dabble in sewing, I used to make my own clothes, and knowing how pattern pieces work is very useful.
What is a typical day like?
I work closely with our design department and licensor who initially determine the type of costume we will be making. Many factors can affect the way I create the artwork, like the type of sewing construction that will be done. What printing process will be used? Will it be screen printing or sublimation? What type of fabric will the art be printed on? Many times I use 3 dimensional character reference and recreate the artwork as realistically as possible to be placed over a 2 dimensional sewn pattern piece.
A few of the costumes that Pauline has created for 2017 - Optimus Prime, Grimlock and Durotan.
What are some tips for creatives trying to break into the industry?
If you want to get into costume design you need to be resourceful, and be able to closely mimic specific textures and illustrative styles. Our licensed character products are very well known and well loved. It is important to make sure the artwork is as accurate as possible and follows our licensors branding standards. Understanding how a garment gets sewn, and how sewing pattern pieces work is also essential.
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