I was so happy to get a call from Kerri Quigley at The Fashion Class, asking if I could guest-teach again this summer. Of course I said yes-the students at these sessions are wonderful- they’re so into learning about the many aspects of fashion that they spend their free time at Fashion Camp! I wish stuff like this existed when I was a kid!
For the first session, I wanted to focus the students’ attention on proportion, angles & movement of a fashion illustration. Each of these concepts can turn a basic blah sketch into an eye-catching illustration.
To create instant movement, I use what I call my “Action Line”- which is just basically a quick, expressive line throughout the model’s body from head to toe. It lightly traces the angle of her head, the way her spine is moving from neck to pelvis, then ends on the foot that is holding the most weight. The Action Line is an instant outline of the model’s overall movement.
From there you can work on proportion & balance. A model is naturally tall & thin in real life, but she can be even more so in an illustration. You can shorten her torso a tiny bit, thin out the lines of her waist, then stretch her out…way out…elongating her graceful arms, and especially her legs. You can see in the Progress photo above where the student’s first sketch was out of proportion in weight distribution, but just by following these few simple tips, he created great fashion proportion in just an hour! I can’t wait to see what he does this week when we work on faces!
Another easy exercise to create movement is to pay attention to the natural angles of the body, then make them even more pronounced. You can see in the All About Angles photo where the first sketch was good, but the second sketch has even greater movement & attitude. I asked to student to really look at what she was drawing, to pay attention to shapes and lines that work against each other. If you have a high shoulder on one side of the body, you’ll have a low-angled hip on the same side (and a low shoulder will have a high hip)- it’s the body’s natural way of moving. When you overemphasize these angles & lines, your drawing takes on a life of its own!
I’m psyched to be teaching weekly sessions at The Fashion Class this summer. Make sure to check out all the great programs that they offer year-round! Now get sketchin’! xoxo