FASHION SKETCHING FOR BEGINNERS

After reading this post, we hope that some of you will feel inspired to pull out your pens and pencils and notebooks today. Fashion sketching isn't nearly as intimidating as I once thought it would be.  


1. Create a good croquis. A croquis is the basic drawing of a model pose that you can trace over and over again while sketching your fashion ideas. You can find croquis to use online or in books, or you can create your own. You can create your first croquis by tracing a pose on a vintage pattern. Typically, croquis are exaggerated tall model forms. But what if you want to design for someone else, say a child or a plus sized woman? Make your own! Here's how I do it...


The Steps

A.Print a photo that has a good pose and body form that you want to design for. This designer chose a couple's photo B. Using window light, trace the basic body shape on a new piece of paper. C. Use your new croquis, by tracing over it with a fresh sheet of paper, to sketch your own new designs over and over again. Fun, right?!


2.    Don't stress, just practice. Instead of stressing over getting the perfect sketches, just start where you are and practice. Before I shared any of my sketches (even with my friends) I was sketching for a whole year in secret notebooks. Each time a notebook was full I would rip out my favorite designs and start a new one, throwing the rest out. Nothing can replace quality practice time. It's the only way to grow and develop. You'll gain confidence as you go! 


3. Focus on developing a style of your own. There are a lot of things that determine the unique style of your illustrations. Do you want to use watercolors, markers or colored pencils? How will you illustrate the faces on your models? How much styling will you include? All of these little details will work together to create a look that is distinctly yours! Focus on creating sketches that express your unique aesthetic with each element.Resources we recommend: Check out Figure Drawing for Fashion Design. It is super helpful for learning the basics. We also recommend The Fashion Sketchpad  (pictured above). It is a notebook with 420 figure templates to sketch on. It's pretty cool for quick sketching for quick sketching and traveling! 


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