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    Fashion Illustration practice.

    Hello everyone!

    I've been reading around the forum after "stumbling" upon it a few days ago, and I've already gained interesting information (from the Blending/Apple Photoshop thread and from various others), but I feel that I should start a Sketchbook in order to get better at what I want to do, and that is fashion illustration/design.

    This forum isn't quite fashion-oriented, but if the talented people here can draw characters with clothes so realistically, I bet they have a few tips for me!

    I don't want to have an ultra-realistic style, so I figure a more cartoony look can work for my intended purposes.

    I'd love to get tips, feedback and constructive criticism on what I post, as well as recommendations on what I should read/do in order to get better.

    Also, I consider myself FAR from a good illustrator, so keep that in mind. It's been 3 months since I purchased Bina Abling's Fashion Sketchbook, 5th ed. along with her Model Drawing, so 3 months since I've started, for the first time in my life, to put pencil on paper. (although now I do work digitally)


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    Beginning fashion illustrator, looking for all the help I can get!

    I welcome all PMs and comments, as I am here to learn from the great ConceptArt members!

    Blog - http://www.voboshi.com
    Twitter - http://twitter.com/VOBOSHI
    CA Sketchbook - http://conceptart.org/forums/showthread.php?t=177280

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    First, I will post some other finished drawings that I have, and afterward I'll post what I've done today...

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    The first one is after a The Sartorialist picture... Didn't like how the body's color ended up, so I disabled the layer.

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    I'm more proud of my second one, drawn after a runway picture. It's missing 3 accessories, which I didn't end up adding because of the holidays and being busy. (Even right now, writing this and preparing for the next post, it's 11:40PM and I'm BUSTED.)

    The shading on these is done with the DODGE/BURN tool. I have tried doing the blending technique, but it took me way too much time and I didn't get good enough results either... So I'll settle for a more simplistic look.

    Beginning fashion illustrator, looking for all the help I can get!

    I welcome all PMs and comments, as I am here to learn from the great ConceptArt members!

    Blog - http://www.voboshi.com
    Twitter - http://twitter.com/VOBOSHI
    CA Sketchbook - http://conceptart.org/forums/showthread.php?t=177280

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    Now, for what I've drawn today, and for my questions.

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    This is the picture I've used for observation, copyright LOOKBOOK.nu and the guy who posted it.

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    This is the not-so-final drawing I made, that I finished some 20 minutes ago.
    It's not final because I haven't added any kind of shading to the clothes.

    Now, it's your turn, CA members!

    I don't normally do the feet/footwear, hands and face. Should I practice a more simplified form and do them? I find that a simple round shape works wonders for the head!

    What are your suggestions regarding better rendering of color? I use Photoshop CS4 along with adam's great Sketchbook-like tool presets and the Sketchlings swatches. I don't have experience in Photoshop. A year ago I watched all 3 of Deke McClelland's Illustrator CS3 videos, and I consider myself to be OK in Illustrator, but not Photoshop. The reason I went with Photoshop for this is that Illustrator gave weird strokes... I like Photoshop's brushes more, but I can definitely switch.

    Should I watch any kind of tutorials on Photoshop, to know the "tool of my trade"? If so, what do you guys recommend, for my purposes?

    Any help on the rendering?

    Any other thoughts/suggestions?

    Thanks in advance!

    Beginning fashion illustrator, looking for all the help I can get!

    I welcome all PMs and comments, as I am here to learn from the great ConceptArt members!

    Blog - http://www.voboshi.com
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    CA Sketchbook - http://conceptart.org/forums/showthread.php?t=177280

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    I'm a fashion person! About time..

    But you need to work on proportions and usually, fashion illustration does not copy direct from other photographs.

    I used to do alot of fashion illustration till I started university...I haven't got anything to show just now, but I do have some finished pieces to show..

    Look up Jean Paul Gaultier's drawings, that's how he started, and his drawings are amazing.

    You have to be more expressive and fashion illustration is about the clothes really, you have to give the feel of the clothes through the drawing.

    And fashion illustration is usually about experimenting with traditional media.

    I suggest this book - it's great.





    Just an example - I hang around in the fashion department at the university more than any where else, you have to have a passion for clothes ~ and in Fashion it's sort of rare to have someone JUST DRAW the clothes and someone else make them - I mean you do get that - but usually the person designing knows how to make the clothes, how can you draw what you don't know?

    My advice? Go back to the pencil - don't do digital just yet. That's currently what I'm doing...

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    @neovirtu, welcome to my sketchbook and thank you for the advice!

    On proportions, I'm working with what Bina Abling suggests in her book (much more expensive now, since when I bought it)... Which is a 8 1/2 heads tall figure for a male (actually close to nine, as she puts the shoulders too close to the head). I only do males, I don't consider myself in a position to do women's anything...

    On copying from photos, I only used those as reference... Right now I'm in no position to do work from imagination, so I just take a peak at the photo, and work with the proportions and do lines as I know how to do them, now... (which aren't quite good)

    I looked up Jean Paul Gaultier, and the only picture of a designed garment was a winter coat, fur... Very good render, but I can't seem to find more.

    Yes, I agree with you 100% that it's all about the clothes, and my lines aren't expressive enough to do them justice, and I want to learn.
    When it comes to the passion for clothing, I absolutely love them. Not in the 14yo-girl-that-has-tons-of-money-and-goes-on-shopping-sprees way, but I consider clothing to be an essential element of human society right now, one that shapes who you are in the eyes of others. Good clothes don't make a good man, but I'll be damned if they don't help. I keep myself in the know with clothing releases and I follow fashion-related blogs/websites, both for more urban clothes, as well as elegant.

    I have taken your advice about that book and traditional media to heart, as they say, and with money from the Holidays, I'll buy a set of 48 Prismacolor Premier color pencils, a set of blender pencils, that book, and if I have any more money, other stuff from my wish-list. I will try and work exclusively in traditional media, and I made my first step back today, doing 2 quickies... I think they took me around 30 minutes total. Not necessarily proud of them, but with the Holidays and all that, I'm really not in the proper working mood/ethic.

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    Pose was picked from Posemaniacs (WHICH IS AN AMAZING WEBSITE!):
    this and this.

    The clothes were done from imagination, no picture reference at all while drawing. The first coat is inspired by a design I saw recently, and I LOVE IT.

    Beginning fashion illustrator, looking for all the help I can get!

    I welcome all PMs and comments, as I am here to learn from the great ConceptArt members!

    Blog - http://www.voboshi.com
    Twitter - http://twitter.com/VOBOSHI
    CA Sketchbook - http://conceptart.org/forums/showthread.php?t=177280

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