Makenzie Stephens

How To Draw Fashion Sketches

In the world of fashion, the design of new models, that will be cut out and sewn later on, is firstly presented as sketches drawn by hand. Firstly, you draw a sketch- a figure of a person on which the model will be drawn. This is the base of the sketch. The thing is not about drawing a close to life figure. This is as if you’re “making a canvas” on which you’ll try various designs of dresses, skirts, blouses, accessories and everything you want to illustrate later on. If you add some details, for example, junctions, buttons and frills, this will be helpful when embodying your idea.

Let’s Start Drawing A Sketch

1. Get all the materials. Choose a hard pencil (the pencil marked as “H” will be perfect). With the help of it you’ll make light stroke or outline strokes that are easy to erase. These strokes or additions made with the pencil won’t be “printed” on the paper too much and leave any traces. This is very convenient if you would want to paint your sketch with colours later on. It’s also important to choose a thick paper and a good eraser if you want the sketch to look professional.

2. Decide what posture your figure should be in. A designer’s sketches should look so that the figure (we’ll call it a model) with the dress on it illustrates only the advantages of the dress. You may draw a walking model, a sitting and a bending or you may draw the model any way you wish. Since you’re a beginner you may start from the very popular posture. It is either a sitting model or a model that is walking on the catwalk. This is the simplest variants you can draw in order to show the design of the clothes to the fullest.

3. Here is one more alternative way of drawing a sketch. It is good if you’re able to draw a sketch on your own, This way you’ll be able to show the new item of clothes exactly the way you want to show it. However, if you want to start drawing the clothes from the very beginning, there are some fast ways to do it.

Let’s Draw Clothes And Accessories

1. Now you need to illustrate your design. Think of what exactly you want to create and how does it look. Draw everything in details. If you’re creating a dress, for example, draw its pattern, frills, the print on the cloth, bows etc. so that to create a beautiful thing. Focus on unique elements of the design, add necessary accessories so that the style you create is clear. If you need any new ideas or you do not know what to start from, look through the fashion trends on the Internet or in a magazine. This way you’ll get inspired.

2. Draw the clothes with confident strokes. Since the aim of a designer’s sketch is to show your ideas the better way it is possible, your sketches should look complete and daring. The clothes should look on a model the way it will look on a person in real life. Draw the creases and the bending lines in the area of the elbows, waist, near the shoulders, ankles and wrists. Try to remember the way clothes look on a real person in life and transfer this image on to a sheet of paper.

3. Learn to draw creases, wrinkles and bends. Use various types of lines to create various creases on the clothes depicted. Knowledge on how to draw creases, wrinkles and bends will help you show the structure of your clothes.

4. Draw patterns and prints in details. If there are any clothes with prints and patterns in your design, it is very important to show exactly the way they will look on a model. Start with drawing an outline of a patterned clothes. For example, it may be a skirt or a blouse. Divide it in parts with the help of a drawn net with separate sections. One by one, fill in these sections with the pattern that is drawn on the clothes.

5. Finish your sketch by adding shadows, colour and ink. Use fat black ink in order to run with them the contour lines that you want to keep. Now, you may erase the lines with the help of which you drew the form of the body and some unnecessary pencil strokes. Carefully paint the clothes with the help of those colours and tones that you wish your clothes to have.

6. Think of the possibility of making a “flat” sketch. In addition to your colourful sketch, you may draw a scheme – like one. This way you’ll show non-relief outlines of your design. It is as if you put it on a flat surface. Very often, it helps to see the way the clothes will look if they are not on a model but flat.


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