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27-07-2005
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fashion sketch tips
I always think it is best to draw the head and then make an elongated
line of energy( think the angles of the torso) If you break up the torso into head lenths...make the upper body two head lengths and then the sprout from the triangle of the pelvis into legs that are exaggerated )approx 4-6 heads long. Think Nadia Auerman long. I notice that if I look at an image or a model and draw the lines as I see them not as I think they should be they appear more "correct" Mostly from practicing over and over they eventually get better. But stay loose and even if they aren't perfect then they at least have a style to them. Laird Borrelli has some great fashion illustration books too. Oh also...I love buying the paintbrush style markers in pale flesh colors and then washing in a shape of the person first...before drawing details. Good luck!

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help with fashion illustration.
Hi!

I have an interview soon for a one year course in fashion design and knitted textiles.

You only have to show an interest in fashion, they teach you the skills.

I'm freaking out and having trouble with drawing. I'm not very good!

So any hints and tips would be great.

Even if anyone had a sorta template female body, that I could print of and trace, and go from there.

I really need your help! Thanks so much

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22-08-2005
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Even if anyone had a sorta template female body, that I could print of and trace, and go from there.
Please nobody do this! :p

Seriously, anyone can draw...you just have to improvise..

...how about line drawing? literally, draw a pencil man/woman .. and what about cutting out things you like in magazines and collaging it on top .. dont cut a whole skirt out though, like a gucci one in an advert, cut shapes and colours and make your own shaped skirt or dress.. its easy..if you find it hard, unmotivated, cant think of any other ideas or you cant be bothered starting from scratch and want a template then look for another career

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get a 11.14 inch sketchbook for your illustrations if you haven't already.

the figure of the person should be about nine inches. i was taught to copy a certain figure shape which was divided into eight quadrants. um, you just need to draw the way the designs fit on the body. hard to explain for me.

but if it's really just a design course, they won't expect you to be a pro at illustrating. sketching designs and sketching fashion illustrations are very different.

I would also run a search on the boards: there have been threads like this before.

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venus as a boy, you should take figure drawing lessons ASAP! it is a the best way to learn how to draw fashion figures, because you have to actually look at the clothes on the body in 3-D... it is the best way to start training your eye... also, keep a sketch book and just sketch people when you sit at a coffee shop or in other public places..

if you get in the habit of looking and sketching it will come to you and you'll figure out a style!

btw. the collaging is a good idea. as long as you can convey the concept, and the describe the fashion figure etc... that's all that matters.


goodluck!

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If you need fast results and dont have time to take a class, and can't really find your own style straight away (you can concentrate on this when you're on the course). Then look on the internet for fashion drawings that you like, that have style that appeal to you, and you can use the rough figure to draw from to create your own style, it will help with proportions and such-like if you're not too great at them yet, and then you should be able to draw your own designs on to the shape. Just think about the drape of the clothes on the figure and that should get you a good fashion drawing.

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^ those are good points. once you've sketched out your fashion figures you can photocopy them, and experiment w/ coloring in the fabric etc... the photocopier AND photoshop are your friend. ;P

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^those are all very good recommendations!
my advice for the act of drawing is too draw very quickly, often the first impression of an outfit is the best. maybe even try not to look at the paper when drawing .... just make a pile of these on unexpensive paper so you get the feel ... then you can always work with your favourites as travolta nd fab suggested....

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^ good advice. i usually have to go through several quick sketches before i get one i like. i think the memory of your hand, and tapping into the feeling of the drawing strokes - if that makes any sense - is just as important as your eyes...

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Wow! Great help everyone.

I actually just came away from it for a day and detressed myself. Then I looked up stuff on the net and actully there a million on-line how to draw manga websites. The basics are a great help and with all your help I'm fairly confident.

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your welcome. oh, and listening to good tunes helps ;P

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I listen to my hearrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrt!































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Go here: http://d538518.u320.bigcrawler.com/F...ing/figure.htm and really start focusing on this page on beyond: http://d538518.u320.bigcrawler.com/FigureDrawing/38.htm It's amazing what this man can do to a stick figure.

I think if anything you would need to learn some anatomy and flow with a pencil first. Anatomy is very important, you need to know how the bones and muscles look to understand how clothes will cling to or hang off them. I'm obsessive about form. An easy way to get practice woul dbe to print out some fashion ads from www.bwgreyscale.com and then draw the skeleton within the flesh. Draw a lot of nudes too, there is no shortage of them online.

Of course, all this is useless without the actual application, so draw your *** off, as much as you can, just to get familiar with the pencil. I find a lot of people focus on the tip of the pencil and not where it's going.

If you haven't done it before, you're going to suck. But we all do at first, it just takes practice. I suggest you put away what you have already drawn now, then practice, practice, practice. Then in a few months when you think you still suck, pull them out again and compare. And remember that you are your own harshest critic, so get over it.

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I had my nterview yesterday

I'll know by tomorrow! My drawings are fine... and I actually had a few photoshoots with my friends, boyfriend and sister. The pictures are hilarious, they're so cool! I'm really happy.

It's got me really interesting in art direction and styling, something like that. How does sone become art directer/stylist?? What qualifications are needed?

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I hope you get the outcome you want Venus sounds like you're pretty positive about it.

This is a thread with Q and A on how to become a stylist...

http://www.thefashionspot.com/forums...ad.php?t=10408

As far as art directors concerned I'm unsure if there is any major information on that here, but if I come across anything about it I'll be sure to pm you the link and post it here. I did a search for 'art director' in this section and came out with these results...threads for you to peruse at your own leisure, the 'fashion schools' thread would probably be of most use.

http://www.thefashionspot.com/forums...earchid=695538

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