Tuesday, March 27, 2012

FREE Fashion Template Tuesday

Another Tuesday, another free fashion croquis!

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.

The Hair on Her

Brainstorm your hair ideas, compile new styles and sketch them out on blank templates (see Fashion Worksheets for some)! It's a way to add some extra meaning, character and/or show to your designs.

Monday, March 26, 2012

Spring Button Fashions

I love a good button. I think buttons are fabulous! Put them anywhere on your clothing, hats, shoes, socks and bags - especially on those fashions that don't have any to begin with - because who says there are rules? Buttons make the world go round, they really do.

You can color these fashions!

Sunday, March 25, 2012

Men's Fashion

There seems to be a lack of resources for men's fashions, since there are so many designs out there for females. Hopefully www.howtodrawfashion.com can give you some tools for designing guy's fashion too - more to come in future. Starting with a whole new page dedicated to men's fashion templates!

Thought I'd post a design I created today for spring 2012. The sweater shirt & short khakis!

Color a Fashion

Yes, it's here - a free fashion coloring page! See my finished version HERE!

Saturday, March 24, 2012

How To Draw A Male Face

Here is a step-by-step visual tutorial on how to draw a guy's / male model's face. Simple steps that use simple shapes - and once you follow these instructions enough times, you'll soon be able to skip all but the last two steps!

When you color, try to imagine the light source on your character's face, and let your shading reflect this.

Friday, March 23, 2012

Unique Fashion Appeal

What makes a fashion design or the model wearing the clothes special? The same thing that makes you and I different - our individuality and uniqueness. Everyone has features that stand out more than others, and even if you think your lips are too small or your nose too large - these are your own awesome features that make you YOU, and you often don't see just how beautiful it makes you. We are so involved in seeing what we don't like - when in fact everyone else sees it as beautiful!

In your designs, bring out this individuality. Try practicing different features, different sizes of models (plus sizes have some of the most beautiful figures!) ... no one person is alike and I think fashion can be increasingly beautiful if there is no "norm" other than bringing out everyone's individuality!

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Some Old Fashion Sketches

Sometimes it's fun to look through past illustrations you've done - not only can it help you to see how much you have improved, but also to see what you still need to improve! But all in all, it's just so interesting to reminisce drawings you've created in the past.

Always remember to save all of your old sketches and doodles - fancy or not - as you may need them again one day! Who knows, maybe you'll compile a book one day about fashion illustration, maybe you'd like to have an ongoing portfolio, maybe you want to share with other fashion artists.

It's just a good idea to keep everything you've drawn, and if you don't have the space, scan your illustrations onto a computer and back them up. If you've only got illustrations on the computer (which is the case for me!) always, always back it up on another hard drive. It's awful to lose anything. Your drawings are an extension of your creative self!

Here are some old sketches I thought I'd share again with you! (You may remember them from before the website was altered)

Faces of Fashion

It's a thrill to create a new face, every time you pick up your pen! Imagine all of the people and models you can create for your designs by practicing face sketches. I've been asked "Who is that you're drawing?" But the truth is, I have no idea!

The first Face of Fashion of many more to come...hopefully these faces will inspire you to create your own unique personalities!

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

New Fashion Tops for Spring/Summer

Spring is always about colors. I've created four new tops for the season, covering casual to dressy. Feel free to use these designs as inspiration for your own styles!

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

How to Draw a Person's Back

Difficult! That is the word to describe the task of sketching a person's back if you've mostly been keen on only drawing figures from the front (in which case, who can blame you?) But sometimes you'll need another angle to showcase your designs on paper, and will need to know how to do this (for instance - you've designed a pair of jeans with special stitching on the back pockets, or a dress with an elaborate back). Start off, as per usual, with your basic shapes for the stick figure - using circles, ovals and lines.

Here's a step-by-step method that you can use when sketching a figure's back:

FREE Fashion Template Tuesday

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Adorable Summer Shirts

One of my favorite seasons is summer - when everything is warm and sunny. Below are some summer fashion ideas for a cute and summery design!

YOUR Fashion Sketches

It's great to be able to see the talent in other fashion lovers' fashion sketches/illustrations! That's why we are going to try to post as many fashions that you've sent in that we possibly can! Remember to send in your fashions to: howtodrawfashion@gmail.com, and make sure to give your first name or a nickname you'd like to go by (we won't post last names). Keep up your excellent work!

Some lovely fashions sent in from "sugarcane":

And here are multiple beautiful styles sent in from another wonderful designer:

Friday, March 16, 2012

Check Out afashionillustrator.com, Sister Blog of Fashions!

Interested in fashion illustration? Looking for inspiration or creative ideas? Check out howtodrawfashions's sister site, www.afashionillustrator.com!

Brand New Free Fashion Templates to Come!

Stay blogged in for some fresh new content! Brand new fashion templates, tutorials and more are coming right up! Please subscribe for updates! Time to let the creativity fly!

(Check for new templates under the Fashion Templates page)

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

One Template - Infinite Possibilities!

With just one face template, you can draw endless fashion personalities. Below is a free fashion template practice board (just print the jpg by right-clicking to save on your desktop) that will give you free reign over hairstyles, facial features and coloring!

Included below is an example of just some of the variations that you can do.

Print and color!

Have fun dreaming up as many variations as you can!

Spring Fashion Skirts

Here are some upbeat, pretty little skirts - just the kind that need to be sketched for spring! Get the creativity flowing with four lovely ideas for a new fashion.

Ruffles, pleats, curves and layers - there is no one way to dress up a skirt!

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

FREE Fashion Template Tuesday!

The first **free** Fashion Template Tuesday page for you to print and trace over with your own creative fashions. Just right click, "Save as" onto your desktop and print off! OR...color digitally on your computer if you have a program for it. I'll try to have a template for you each and every Tuesday, but it may be on occasion!

See what this template can do - here! (www.afashionillustrator.com)

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Welcome to www.howtodrawfashion.com!

Thank you for your patience while this website has undergone some changes!

"...there is limitless potential when your imagination is introduced to a blank piece of paper..."

Think drawing fashion is too difficult? Think again! You have it all in you to create that dream design...it just needs a little encouragement to extract. You don't necessarily even have to be able to draw a human figure! How To Draw Fashion provides the fashion templates, the how-tos, and the ideas to get you started on your journey into FASHION DESIGN! First and foremost: have fun, and don't let anyone discourage you. You have it in you!

Drawing fashion takes a lot of practice.  I know because I have been drawing since the age of 4 (my interpretation of a skirt was a series of vertical zig-zagged lines), but am far from perfection.  Once you develop your own unique techniques, and become comfortable with what you are drawing, it will get easier.

Or...maybe you are already a seasoned fashion artist/designer who is searching for some ideas and inspiration.