5 Tips You Need to Know When Beginning Fashion Illustration

5 Tips You Need to Know When Beginning Fashion Illustration

Introduction to the Basic Fashion Figure for Fashion Illustration

So you want to get started in Fashion Illustration? It looks pretty simple, you think you can do it, but you don’t know where to start? I’ve been doing this and learning a lot. So let’s discuss the five top tricks that have helped me out and can help get you ahead of the game.

Tip Number 1 – Create Movement with your Fashion Illustrations

You want to make sure your fashion figure pose isn’t stiff but has movement and flow. If you draw your fashion figure straight up and down it will come off as cold and robotic. Here are some of my very first fashion illustrations.

Fashion Illustration

I’m kind of embarrassed to show you these, but everyone has a starting point. This was mine. As you can see, they look stiff and the one on the right-hand side even looks like she is falling over slightly.

Here are some more recent sketches I’ve done with better movement:

So how do you create movement? On to tip number 2.

Tip 2 Study Fashion Magazines & Model Poses

You want to create movement. Angles, the body sways as you walk so you want to emulate that in your fashion sketches. Study fashion photos and see how the models are posing. Here are a few to give you an idea.

Follow the angles the model’s body makes and incorporate that into your drawings. Draw fashion illustrations of models walking the runway. The hips will go one way, while the shoulders go the other. I still have trouble getting this perfect, see my latest Instagram post for what I’m talking about.

Tip Number 3 – Have the Correct Materials

Trio blending copic markers

Having the correct materials can make your work 100 times easier. This one you can get away with not having the correct materials. However, I highly recommend investing in some good alcohol ink markers. The colors blend well when you are using them and create just the right blends you are wanting to create in clothing, hair, skin, etc. You can blend with watercolors and even the iPad pro. But, alcohol markers make it so easy!

Personally, I switch between the iPad pro procreate app and hand-drawn fashion illustrations with Copic markers. I started out with colored pencils and watercolors and started investing in copic markers. It took me six months to invest in them to get a good variety. The difference is huge. Just scroll through my instagram feed and you can see what a difference the materials seems to make.

Copic Markers, or really any alcohol ink markers, are super easy to blend and use. You don’t have to get a degree to use them. You can layer the lighter colors to make a darker shade or add a slightly different tone to create the folds and shades of the outfit. Yes, you can do this with watercolors but I have found that the watercolors were not as easy as a beginner as the copic markers are.

Tip Number 4 – Practicing, Practice, Practice

As with everything, you need to practice, practice, practice to get better. It still takes me several hours to complete a fashion illustration. You can do different practices to help your speed. I just haven’t invested the time in that yet. Since it takes me several hours to complete one, I usually only manage to do about 2 to 3 fashion illustrations a week. I am wanting to be able to do them quicker so I can do more in a week. I am just not there yet.

Still, doing 2 to 3 a week has gotten me a long way from my first to my latest. This is the difference from, my first, 7 months ago to yesterday:

 

Tip Number 5 – Study Other Peoples’ work

Studying other fashion illustrators’ works and components has been a huge help for me. Check out my post on my favorite fashion illustrators to follow on Instagram. I study different elements or features that they have in their drawings that I love most and try to recreate them in my own figures and fashion illustrations. Occasionally, the artists’ will even posts tips and tricks on what they do to create their illustrations. I always get excited to learn something new to help improve my work!

When I first started drawing fashion illustrations, I had a lot of difficulties drawing the eyes and other facial features. It took practicing and studying what others did to improve. I still have a long way to go. In the beginning, I loved sunglasses or glasses because I just could not draw the eyes to save my life!

Bonus Tip Number 6 – Take an online Fashion Illustration Class

There are a few places that you can take a quick fashion illustration class. Check out skillshare, youtube, or as I mentioned in tip number 5, Instagram stories. You never know what tip or trick will help improve your work the most! Also, don’t forget about pinterest as a huge resource. You can find fashion croquis to help you get started or different outfit ideas for incorporating into your fashion illustrations.

These are my top tips for learning and perfecting fashion illustration. There are so many other tips and tricks you can utilize. I’d love to hear some of your tips that have helped you the most. Comment on this post or get in touch with me via social media! I look forward to interacting and learning with you!

 

 

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Kate Spade New York Sale

Kate Spade New York Sale

Kate Spade New York Sale and the Items You Need this Spring!

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Kate Spade New York is having an awesome 30% off sale right now through February 19th. Have you heard about the Kate Spade Sale New York yet? Here are a few of my favorite items that you should check out during the sale.

Take an extra 30% off sale styles with code: SPARKLE. Valid through 2/19.

First of all, let’s talk about their awesome Dresses for this spring you need to add to your closet. Their clothing is so fresh and feminine you are sure to get a lot of use out of the clothes and accessories you buy during this sale.

These dresses are fun and flirty. They have a unique style that you can complement with a wide variety of accessories and are sure to get you noticed!

Here are a few of my favorite items for work or going out at night. They are dressy and have that extra touch you expect when you think Kate Spade.

Lastly, let’s not forget those purses and accessories that will be a hit this spring! They have touchscreen watches, gold bracelets and obviously a lot more for you to drool over! Did I mention this bow belt? Wow, So cute! I definitely need one of these for myself.

 

Which is your favorite Kate Spade Item for this spring? Are you planning on checking out the sale and getting some of the stuff you’ve been waiting on?

My favorite thing about the brand Kate Spade has built is that she relies on color, and prints and puts it together in an elegant and feminine way. She is known for that extra element on clothing and accessories. From her purse designs to her apparel and catwalk, she does it all. She is a regular feminine icon for women everywhere who want to, as she calls it, live vividly with individuality and radiant style.

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As always there are some awesome calligraphy and art pieces that you can check out in our shop. Or contact us if you have a specific quote in mind you want to be done for your home!

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Best Valentine’s Day Sales to check out this week!

Best Valentine’s Day Sales to check out this week!

Top Flash Sales This Week To Get You Ready for Valentine’s Day & In the Mood for New York Fashion Week

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Who doesn’t love a sale? These Valentine’s Day sales will help you get your fashion fix during this year’s New York Fashion Week. Don’t just drool over the clothes this year, get your hands on top designers!

Here are some of the top retailers that are having sales this week:

Zimmermann Spring Dress

Barneys — They are having an Infinite Rewards Sale.

You get $25 Gift Card for Every $250 you spend, Plus

earn even more on purchases over $1000. Valid through 2/11. So hurry and head on over to Barneys now!

You know I love Zimmermann if you have seen my fashion illustrations. So while at Barneys be sure to check out their Zimmermann Collection. Here is a dress to get you started

Moda Operandi — Take an extra 20% off sale. Valid through 2/12.

Madewell — Enjoy 20% off select items for the Galentine’s event. Valid through 2/13.

Alice + Olivia — Take 50% off your purchase of $300+. Valid through 2/11. Old Navy

Old Navy — Take up to 30% off your order with code: HURRY. Plus with code: FREESHIP, get free shipping on orders over $25. Valid through 2/11.

Here is a cute spring top to get you ready to transition from this cold and dreary weather to warm comfy spring. But hurry! Sale ends tomorrow!

Boohoo — Take 40% off everything and get free shipping. Valid through 2/13.

Rag & Bone — Enjoy up to 50% off sale items.

Also, check out our shop for some great home decor items. We also offer custom pieces. Contact Us for details.

 

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