Getting your designs out on paper or computer.
–Part one —
I have always struggled with my illustrations and I have honestly only just found a style I am happy and comfortable with using, since I had to so many illustration to work on at uni, finding my style wasn’t always so easy as you may think – and this was mainly down to tutor’s advice – Now I use the 9 head system, some people use a 10 head – this gives the illustration an elongated and exaggerated look – where as others a 8 head. The 8 head system is the most accurate for proportions of the body.
Recently I order this book; “Fashion Illustration: Inspiration and Technique” by Anna Kiper and I have and still do use it a lot, it helped me so much when it comes to getting the look I truly want for my collection as well as other random designs. With this book there is not just women illustrations guides, which you would expect, the author/illustrator also looks into and includes men’s and children illustrations. The details in this book range from drawing the figure and how to draw fabric/movement on the figures to how to colour a certain fabric and the mediums you should use.
Although she uses the 10 head technique however if you are not a fan of the elongated/exaggerated look, I recommend using the 9 or 8 head technique it is still the same and easy to follow, you only need to make one part of the body – the legs – an inch smaller so just move everything up and keep an eye on what you are drawing as you do not want to lose certain details.
This is possible one the most effective book, even if there is only one paragraph in each page you still get the idea of what going on and what you may or may not need to do by analysing the very detailed images on each page.
I would defiantly recommend this to any fashion illustrator/designer beginner.
Another place I look for inspiration or drawing techniques is YouTube. There are millions of videos showing how to draw a fashion figure as well as many other body parts.. this will help especially if you are including enhanced drawings of details you will be including in you designs/collection. Everyone has different styles and techniques you will be inspired by, some maybe easier to follow than others. The main goal is to find your own style – whether that means you learn to draw figures on your own or you continue to use templates – your style will identify you and your collection, and will most likely follow you through out your art/fashion career.
There will be a part two where I talk about my illustrations and how I computerize several figures using Adobe Illustrator and how I use it today.