The first step in making designs come to life is to draw fashion figures. The way a fashion designer sees things is based on fashion figures. Fashion figures help bring style and emotion from the sketchbook to the runway. They can be flat sketches or illustrations with three dimensions.
What is a drawing of fashion?
A fashion drawing is the first step in designing clothes. Fashion drawings are the plans for a design, and they can look different and have different amounts of detail.
- Most of the time, a flat sketch is used to show the shape and silhouette of a garment.
- Fashion drawings can also be three-dimensional fashion figures with texture, shading, and lines that show how the fabric moves.
- A fashion illustration is a type of fashion drawing that is more detailed and may include colour and accessories.
- The fashion figure may also have a detailed face or hairstyle to show how the whole outfit looks.
Why is fashion drawing important?
Fashion drawings help a patternmaker understand the length and fit of a design, among other things. Fashion drawings can also be used as “mood boards” to show how a design makes you feel.
- Fashion designers can show their own style in drawings by using different poses or drawing tools.
- For example, Karl Lagerfeld, a fashion designer, draws his fashion sketches with pencils and crayons, which makes them stand out.
- The fashion drawings from the Dolce & Gabbana atelier show details like individual sequins on clothes.
What Exactly Is Croquis?
Making a fashion croquis is the first step in drawing a fashion figure. A croquis is a quick sketch that shows how the fashion figure is put together. A croquis is like a paper doll because it is a template that you can put under a piece of paper and use to draw clothes. If it’s your first time creating a figure drawing, try crafting the croquis on a pre-made fashion croquis template. Read on to find out more about croquis.
What do you need to be able to draw fashion?
If you want to try making your own croquis, which is a fashion figure template, you will need the following:
- A piece of paper that is 8.5 inches by 11 inches
- A pointy pencil
- A ruler
- An eraser
- Learn how to draw a fashion figure in 10 easy steps.
A fashion figure doesn’t have the same proportions as a real person. The “nine-head” length is an industry-standard for fashion figures. This means that the length of a fashion figure is about nine times the size of its head. These long fashion figures help dress and skirt models show off their clothes.
Here are the steps you need to take to finish a fashion drawing:
1. Draw a straight line across the centre of the paper. This line from the head to the feet will be the centre of balance for the fashion figure.
2. Divide the paper into nine sections of equal size. The head, bust, waist, hips, thighs, calves, ankles, and feet will make up the nine sections. You can divide the nine parts by drawing horizontal lines that are about an inch and an eighth of an inch long.
3. Draw the area below the hips. Draw a square for the pelvis of the fashion figure in the middle of the balance line. By tilting this in various directions, you can create different poses.
4. Draw the shoulders and chest. To make the torso, draw two lines up from the top of the pelvic square. The waist is made by the way the lines curve in and then back out. Shoulder width should be about the same as pelvis width, but shoulder lines can be angled to create a forward-rounded pose.
5. Sketch the head and neck. The neck should be about one-third as wide as the shoulder and half as long as the head. Draw a circle that is the same size as the body of the head.
6. Put the legs on. The legs of the figure should be about four times as long as the head. The thighs and the calves make up the two parts of the legs. The length of the head should be the same as the length of the top of the thighs. Taper the line until it reaches the knee, and then again until it reaches the ankle, so that the ankles are about a quarter the size of the head.
7. Pull the arms back. Make the arms by drawing lines that get thinner until the elbow and then again until the wrist. The arms can be placed next to the body of the figure or on the hips. Hands and fingers are the last part.
8. Make the legs. The head should be about the same size as the feet.
9. Make a design for your clothing. Now that you’ve drawn the fashion figure, you can start to build your designs on top of it.
10. Illustrate your design. Shade the pattern to show how the fabric moves or to draw attention to where the fabric gathers on the garment. To give the fashion drawing more depth, colour it in. You can show off your own style by adding embellishments to the fabric. Add details to the face or a new hairstyle to finish the look.