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UoF Teacher Highlight: Meet Robyn Smith

UoF Teacher Robyn Smith (Photograph credit score: Robyn Smith)

Be part of us in welcoming our latest teacher, Robyn Smith. Robyn is a gifted designer, illustrator, and visible artist that hails from Baltimore Maryland. Her love for designing was impressed by her older sister who would design promenade robes for her classmates. From the early age of 9, Robyn developed an eye fixed for trend and knew that she wished to pursue a profession in design.

After highschool commencement Robyn moved to New York Metropolis and attended Parsons College of Design. Whereas at Parsons she achieved a number of accomplishments: successful the Zack Carr designer award, successful the Jasco Materials design competitors, an internship competitors with the Hole and interning with designer Peter Som.

From faculty, Robyn went on to design for the Home of Deréon in 2005 and traveled to Hong Kong and Mainland China the place she participated in pattern fittings, sourced materials, and developed new designs to include into the road.  After designing for Home of Deréon, Robyn transitioned to a fourteen-year profession as a menswear ‘minimize and stitch’ knit designer for American Rag, Macy’s personal label younger males’s model and later grew to become CAD Director for Macy’s, Inc.

Menswear illustration (Picture courtesy Robyn Smith)

Robyn’s positions as a designer and design director not solely offered her with a possibility to journey the world for manufacturing functions, but additionally to conduct pattern evaluation and market analysis in Hong Kong, Taiwan, Japan, Korea, London, Amsterdam, Berlin, and L.A.

Vogue illustration (Picture courtesy Robyn Smith)

Along with Robyn’s design profession, she can be a well-known trend illustrator and visible artist.  Her trend Illustrations had been featured within the ebook entitled ‘Vogue Illustration’ by Chai Xiuming and Lu Haoyan, and in 2021, Robyn designed a ravishing plus measurement assortment referred to as ‘Robyn Nichole’ in collaboration with the quick trend model Shein.

Plus measurement trend illustration (Picture courtesy Robyn Smith)

Along with designing trend, Robyn participated within the Ace Lodge’s 2021 group artwork present entitled ‘Ours’, the place her work was featured of their lodge gallery house with proceeds used to learn the Teen Artwork Salon (TAS), a 501c3 non-profit group in Lengthy Island Metropolis that helps, develops, and promotes adolescent artists, and demystifies the method of beginning a profession as an artist.

Illustrations courtesy Robyn Smith

As each seasoned designer is aware of, pulling inspiration from the Visible Arts lets you develop a brand new considering course of when approaching your trend illustrations, thus making a extra distinctive portfolio. In Robyn’s first lesson for UoF, Making a Menswear Vogue Illustration impressed by Visible Arts, she is going to educate you the way to discover inspiration from an artwork museum useful resource and, by specializing in the main points, shapes, and colours discovered within the picture, create a novel trend design and illustration.

This superior lesson will educate you the way to create an illustration utilizing a pencil, gouache, brushes, and markers.  And, you’ll learn to draw and paint eyewear, create hair textures­­­, and the way to use your inspirational photos to make a design inside your illustration.

(Preview of Robyn Smith’s first UoF lesson: Making a Menswear Illustration Impressed by Visible Arts)

Keep tuned for extra classes by Robyn for UoF. Within the meantime, comply with Robyn and her work at:

Web site:

IG: Robyn_the_Creator

TikTok: @Robyn_the_Creator

Youtube: Robyn_the_Creator



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