Thursday, October 11, 2012

Fashion Portraits

Some more practice on portraits (these ones are imagined). I actually prefer to let the paintbrush guide me (the photoshop one), and surprise me with the result!



Sunday, October 7, 2012

3 Step Fashion Illustration

Here's some insight into my usual method of sketching a pose and a fashion, in 3 steps. Start with a basic pose - if you're not as skilled sketching without anything to look at for guidance, try searching the web for a fashion model or a template. Utilize a wooden posing figure if you have one, or a ball jointed doll (these are GREAT for sketching fashion)!

Sketch the clothes overtop, making note of where you think gravity and the body would affect how a garment rests or falls.

Add color, a pattern, footwear and anything else that might compliment your new fashion!

Fashion Collection - LadyBug

This small collection was great to design. With only two colors, and some variations in value, red and black become the theme for this bunch.


Saturday, October 6, 2012

Fashion Face

Dark skin, exotic eyes, lush lips and long neck.


Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Changing it up

Wonder how a hairstyle can go from crazy, to cute, to chic? Easy...just by being creative with your imagination, with colours and styles. Try it yourself in your art program on your computer, using the blank template provided, or print it off!






Monday, September 10, 2012

Wild Girl

I love creating something wild on a fashion sketch. Because you can with drawing, you can design exaggerations of the the real thing. A lot of fashion designers do just that. An eight inch heel instead of a four inch, foot-high hair instead of a half-foot, and so on!


Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Fashion Sketch

Just a random summer sketch. Wanted to draw somethin' summery!

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Fashion Profile

I don't sketch enough profiles...but they are so much fun to do! I like painting the spots where the light hits, like on the cheeks or the lips. By adding bits of light in the eyes, you can give your illustration subject a characteristic expression all her/his own.


Monday, July 9, 2012

How to Color Eyes

This is just one way to color eyes - and usually how I do it, step by step.

I start off with the finished sketched eye as a black and white line drawing. From there, I place some color in the iris of the eye, and slowly build light and shadows into it. The make up I do last.

In Photoshop, you can actually use the Dodge and Burn tools to darken and lighten up places on the eye, which is what I did in this illustration.


Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Playing with Make-Up and Hair

Amazing how some color, some lipstick, a change of hair color and what you wear can make all the difference when you want to make a statement about something.

Try this yourself - here's what I've come up with. See what you can do, using the blank template below.





Monday, May 28, 2012

Custom Portraits - Affordable & Fast

I have opened shop on etsy.com with custom portrait illustrations and custom silhouette illustrations! With single-person silhouettes at just $5 and single-person portraits at only $10, these make the perfect gift for any budget. These are digital images and will be sent to your inbox within 3 business days. Please take a look at my shop and spread the word! Thank you ever so much!

Here's the Shop: customillustration on etsy.com (click to visit)






Saturday, May 26, 2012

Fashion Illustration

As the poll indicates, I need to make more tutorials, templates and fashion illustrations! Here is one of the three, for now!


Monday, May 14, 2012

Try a New Style

Trying out a different style of sketching fashion can open doors to new techniques and artistic abilities.

I drew this girl quickly, colored her without much attention to detail, and sort of like the sort of abstract and skewed result.

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Free Fashion Template Tuesday

Finally, a new fashion template for a Tuesday. Use this croquis for all your fashion designing needs.

Monday, April 30, 2012

Designing Purses

Why not try creating a whole line or collection of purses? By having a set of various purses that you have drawn, you can go back and use your ideas to add to your fashion designs. Change the color or the pattern or the type of fabric and everything changes!


Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Color A Fashion

Much time has passed since a recent post - so sorry!

I just had to post another fashion coloring page as I noticed we are lacking somewhat in this topic.

INSTRUCTIONS: Click on the template you wish to use so that it opens up in a picture window (if you only right click on the image without opening it in this window, you will get a low resolution version). Once you've got the template opened in the window, simply right click on the image and save onto your Desktop.

Want to see a finished version of this illustration? See it here!

Friday, April 13, 2012

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Inspired Fashion

I love things that make me feel like I'm on the sand in the wind, hanging out on a beachside porch or strolling down a boardwalk in something simple and breezy.

This inspired me (photograph from Petit Bateau Spring Fashion 2012 on ohstyles.com):

Photograph from www.ohstyles.com
And from the inspiration (I used this template/fashion croquis):


Wednesday, April 11, 2012

What's the Cutest T-shirt you can Draw?

Who doesn't love an adorable T-shirt? Especially one with your favorite animal or color! Making designs for T-shirts is a creative way to express yourself. Imagine wearing your own creation - and you can, too! There are a number of sites online where you can do this. There are lots of other items that you can display your artwork on: mugs, shoes, bags, you name it, really.

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Want more Fashions?

Don't forget to stay updated on our sister site, www.afashionillustrator.com. Here you can view a variety of fashion illustrations, with new ones posted regularly.



Faces of Fashion

Practice painting or coloring in makeup, skin tones and shades of hair color on these blank face templates.


FREE Fashion Template Tuesday

Double the fashion croquis today!

INSTRUCTIONS: Click on the template you wish to use so that it opens up in a picture window (if you only right click on the image without opening it in this window, you will get a low resolution version). Once you've got the template opened in the window, simply right click on the image and save onto your Desktop.

Monday, April 9, 2012

Shoe Fashion

What's your dream shoe right now? Red fabric pumps? Dark, shiny high boots? Or pretty flats with flowers?

Here's my dream shoe at the moment. Do you ever just dream up a shirt, a shoe or a dress in your head, and wish that you could see it in stores? This would be my dream shoe right now. Like a modern version of the Cinderella shoe!


Sunday, April 8, 2012

YOUR Fashion Sketches

Here's some more lovely drawings sent in by sugarcane! What an adorable skirt and a fashionable print top! If you'd like to have your fashion sketch posted on this site too, please send them to howtodrawfashion@gmail.com, along with your first name or a nickname (last names will not be posted).



One Model, Nine Styles

Deciding which hairstyle is going to be best for your model? Try a bunch of updo's, textures and colors and you'll find one that works. Try it yourself with the uncolored version below. Also, if you want to start from scratch, download the face templates on the Fashion Worksheets page. Send yours in so that it can be posted on this site!



Saturday, April 7, 2012

All Sorts of Shirts

A great way to showcase your work is to create a collection. Fashion designers do this to present their work in a compilation of pieces that are connected through a theme. These are fashions that are ready made for a season, containing certain specific elements of chosen colors, fabrics and cuts.

Here is a collection of shirts that say, when creating for summer, a designer might come up with (However, a real design collection is usually much more complex - and features a wide range of full outfits as you've likely seen in runway shows). I've chosen pinks and greens as the main colors (actually - the only colors) in this set.

Feel free to print off the blank version and use your own colors, prints, patterns and imagination to finish this set.



Friday, April 6, 2012

Fashion Model Coloring Process

Coloring is one of my favorite processes when it comes to fashion design. Adding color is like giving a flat character all sorts of dimensions and personality. It's a really fun process, too, if you don't strive too hard to be a perfectionist. One of my hints? Don't stress over every splash of color that lands outside of the line. In all honesty, I purposely leave some of my brush strokes outside the lines because I like the finished product to lack formality - and it gives the illustration a characteristic edge. Nothing has to be perfect, just as long as you know you're getting your idea across!

Step 1: To start with, here is the blank fashion sketch, ready to be colored. Feel free to use this picture for your own coloring. Just click on the picture so it opens up in a new window, right-click and save onto your desktop.
Step 2: I like to start by coloring the areas where the skin shows. I add highlights and shadows, and finally the make-up.

Step 3: Now for the hair. I choose a color that I think will suit the model. But you can use any color your imagination allows!

Step 4: Paint the clothing in steps. For each piece, I use a new layer (Photoshop).

Step 5: See how she's beginning to look more and more complete? Keep adding colors and finishing each piece that she's wearing.

Step 6: Footwear is usually my last step. Remember that if the boot or the shoe that you are painting is supposed to be shiny, add in the highlights to create this faux shine.

And that's it! You've completed the coloring process. If you'd still like to add more finishing touches, go for it!

Just out of curiosity: What does this illustration look like without the drawn lines? Let's see!