I can't draw to save my life but I have loads of ideas for clothes that I want to save untill I get a new sewing machine.
I've never really used the sewing machine I had properly untill I became intrested in Fashion but as soon as it started getting some good use, it broke!
Like I said, I can't draw to save my life and it may be a few months untill I get my new sewing machine, I'll forget all the designs I have thought of!
My question is, do you think drawing is something that can be learnt?
Alot of people are telling me that I can't learn to draw, that it's like singing, it's a natural talent you've either got it or don't.
I was considering going to an art school but I can't afford it and there isn't one nearby so I was going to keep practicing and buy books on the type of drawing I'm looking to do (just quick sketches that look decent so I can understand my own drawings) but I'm not going to if it's true that drawing is a talent that can't be learnt.
I wouldn't know really, I can't say I've ever been intrested in drawing.
I'd think I want to draw them just on simply silhouette's for an idea of what the designs would look like on a body.
Rather than making clothes from a body-less design which I've found is a bit harder.
As E.I.R says...drawing can certainely be learnt to a degree, regardless of what people say. I mean those people who can draw really well when they're adults haven't always been able to draw that well...it develops over time with practise, yes they may have been above average in drawing skills to begin with but it's practise that really improves drawings...all you can do really is draw as much as possible.
visit art galleries and take a sketchbook and just sketch, look at line quality, tone, the shapes within what you're drawing.
Go and sit in cafes or train stations and sketch people around you,
get yourself to a begginers lifedrawing class...it's important that you understand the human form.
Then from there you should find illustrating much easier...good luck.
I find drawing from live models with cloth draped around them is the best way to begin. This helps you establish proportions as well as how to work with perspective and foreshortening.
Draw people. Carry a sketchbook and when you can draw them. Gestural sketches tend to be more helpful then long and developed poses. Copying from a magazine can also be helpful, you learn what kind of lines can make certain shapes etc.
I came from a product design background and learning to draw technically in what is called "tight line" (extremely crisp clean lines) really allowed me to draw quicker and with more precision.
I would suggest learning to draw the traditional way before attempting fashion illustration, it will make it so much easier.
another very helpful thing is to take up watercolor painting. If you can take a class on it I would suggest it. Mediums such as markers and ink/watercolor are popular (it all depends on your style) and learning how to model with pigment rather than just line or value (traditional drawing) will make fashion illustration easier. Color pencils are also quite popular but I never really figured out how to use them properly.
I would focus on:
figure drawing (from life!)
drawing clothes from magazines
clean technical drawings
and painting with watercolor and markers
what you find to be the most helpful depends on your style and you may end up discarding all of this information.
A good book is "9 Heads". check it out at the libary (it costs around 80 dollars). It's a very good and easy introduction to fashion illustration but prior art experience will make it much easier. good luck.