Fashion illustration basics

Tutorial

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Sep 12, 2018 · 3 min read

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In the middle of Paris Fashion Week, we wanted to talk about fashion illustration! Let’s explore the basics of fashion sketching and the few tips that will help you get started with this technique. Get inspired, grab your penvil and free your imagination to create some amazing outfits!

8 fashion illustrators to follow!

MEGAN HESS

CARLY KUHN

JESSICA DURRANT

JEANETTE GETROST

BIL DONOVAN

POPPY WADDILOVE

KATIE RODGERS

MEAGAN MORRISON

4 steps to get started!

1. Understand body proportions

To get started with fashion drawing, you need to understand body anatomy. Having a good sense of proportions, natural movement and posture will help your sketch come to life.

Image from paperdollschool.blogspot.com

Image from fenzyme.com/fashion-sketches-and-illustrations/

2. Define your character poses

Once you have the body proportions clear, practice sketching different poses. These will bring the clothes to light and give movement to them. You can work with curves and geometric shapes to place body elements.

Image from ciudaddemontevideo.anunico.com

Image from Justine Limpus Parish

3. Place the clothes

Once your sketch and pose are ready, you can get into the most interesting part: imagining the clothes. To do so, you need to think about the style you are intending, the fabric you are using and the folds of the outfit. Make sure you always keep in mind the fabric you are considering (wool, coton, silk?) and the patterns.

Image from Justine Limpus Parish

4. Explore and find your style

Practice trying out different styles and techniques to refine your style and find your personal touch. It takes training and testing out different tools and outfits to discover what you like and what reflects your vision. Up to you now!

Drawing by Jenny Walton

You’re now ready to experiment, don’t forget to show us your test sketches! You can also take a read of our interview with fashion designer Clémence, creator of the brand Good People.

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