Since I’ve been on a fashion sketch course, and practiced a lot over the years I thought I would show you guys how to draw a fashion drawing that you can be proud of. The drawings along this posts is of course my own 🙂
The easiest thing to do when you must draw a model in clothes is to use an actual model for it. That way you can easily see the proportions, how the fabric of the clothes wrinkles and so on – all the details can be put into your drawing which makes it more real to look at.
If you don’t have anyone that can be your model, there’s another solution – use your old fashion magazines and find a model in there that you would like to use – there are tons so you just have to pick one!
First step is to set a timer for 30 seconds. When the time begins you will only draw the posture of the model – how is she or he standing? Do their shoulders have a specific angle, leaning on one of the legs with their hand in their waist, or something else?
You have to make it raw, because you only have 30 seconds! Look at the picture below to see what I’m talking about. When you have your first drawing, you need to practice it again and again where the model changes position (or you find another picture in a magazine), so you’ll try out different things.
The next step is to set your timer for 1 minute this time. Then you’re going to do the raw drawing like you did before and then add some curves to it, so it becomes more of a human being. You can see an example below.
Next up we’ve got to put some clothes on the model, but just draw the most important stuff still using either a real model or the ones in your magazine. And remember – it’s totally okay if you don’t finish your drawing! That’s the whole point of setting a timer – you’ll be forced to draw immediately. This time set the timer for 1 minute and 30 seconds. Start out as usual with the simple lines – then do the curves in shape of circles etc. and then see if you can draw the clothes on top of it – you’ve just got to follow the lines you already have!
This step is about the creases and shadows in the clothes, because now we’ve got to go a little deeper and dig into the details of the fabric! I started out with one pencil, and when I had to make the shadows and creases I would do it with the pressure on the pencil to get it darker etc. It takes a little practice but you can do it!
Set the timer for 3 minutes, repeat the process and when you’ve done the clothing outlines you can start doing the shadows and creases – just look at the model to find them and then try to apply it to your drawing. Look at my example below.
The last step I want to tell you that if you’re not comfortable with the pressure on a pencil for making shadows etc. there’s another way. You can also pick for example three yellow color pencils in their own shade – a light, medium and a darker one. First you apply the light one all over the shirt (or whatever the model is wearing). Then you take the medium one and start scribbling on the places where the shadows are, but just a little bit. Then you take the dark one and finish off the shadows and creases and it’ll be like you’ve applied a gradient all over those places which makes it look professional! Take a look at my coloured drawings below to see an example.
Also you can try out different materials as well. For example I like to use twin markers on blanc paper because it has a nice effect. Watercolor is also an opportunity and it blends in really good which gives a better view of the shadows etc.
These steps has to be done several times – and hopefully you’ll get a little better every time you do it. Practice makes perfect!
Also if you feel like the time is just short enough for you, then you can just adjust the timer but not too much!