Drawing bodies and clothing – improved. Faces – not so much…

A while back, I posted about my first attempts to learn fashion illustration. I’ve made some progress, although Ken reckons I still need to work on faces (and he’s right!)

Basic body wireframe

Fleshed out wireframe

I’ve recently started copying illustrations from pattern envelopes and keeping these illustrations on my noticeboard above my sewing machine, to act as inspiration while I’m sewing. Some recent projects:

My purple satin Marfy dress

The cat trousers (not from a pattern envelope, as I drafted these myself from a standard trouser block – on the side are swatches of fabric for the trousers and the lining)

My weekend in Croatia dress

I can do faces, but only if I copy them from somewhere. This was a copy of an illustration I saw at the Design Musuem’s Drawing Fashion exhibit earlier this year.

Learning to draw fashion figures

I always like the bit on Project Runway when the designers get ’30 minutes to sketch’ and come up with these cool and stylised illustrations of what they want to sew. I decided to try and learn how and bought Fashion Artist – Drawing Techniques To Portfolio Presentation by Sandra Burke. I’ve slowly been working my way through the book and have progressed from the ‘nine heads template’ for getting general proportions right to the ‘fleshing out’ stage. They’re still pretty basic so far, but I’m pleased with my progress, however slow.

Next chapter – drawing faces, hands and feet!