Digital costume rendering has grown by leaps and bounds in the last five to ten years. In an effort to streamline the illustration process, create more photo-realistic renderings, and match the tone and intensity of other areas, such as concept and production design, costume designers have been dabbling in a variety of computer programs with various results. While this technology is still only sporadically used in theatre, it has become the norm in the performing arts fields with much larger capitol at stake, such as themed entertainment, celebrity music tours, and the movie industry. Film costume designers and illustrators have taken the lead and are setting an impressive standard for the field. One of the star illustrators at the center of this artistic movement is the incredibly talented Phillip Boutte Jr.
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