Hey friends, welcome back to another blog! This time I am going to talk about the sketching process.
When coming up with a great idea, it is always beneficial to be able to transform what is in your brain to a piece of paper. For some people, sketching is super easy and can be done in two minutes, unfortunately I am not one of those people.
When I first began learning how to sketch I started off by drawing croquis. Croquis are an outline of the human body and it explains what parts of the body needs to be bigger or smaller. For instance, the hips are typically the widest part on the drawing and the neck is the slimmest.
After getting your croquis drawing down, you can start drawing actually garments. When you first start drawing garments, it helps to put a croquis underneath so you can get the correct shape for you clothes and model. This is one way you can sketch a person with clothing.
There is also another way you can sketch a person without using a croquis. You have to first get the body shape right. The collar bone and the arms are drawn as what looks like a pentagon, but it is missing the bottom part. For the upper body portion, it is like a trapezoid missing the bottom as well. When making floor length dresses you don’t even have to worry about drawing the legs which is great. Although, if you do decide to make legs, it is important to make them long and skinny to give the allusion that your model is super tall.
Watercolors for me are the easiest component to sketch with. Watercolors are very forgiving if you mess up; all you have to do is add a little more water and it disappears. Watercolors typically come in two types; pencils or a pallet. Personally, I believe the pallet is harder to use by itself, but when you mix it with the pencils it helps add a little more coloration.
When shading the garment before you start to use water, it is important that you do not just color in the whole garment. You have to draw streaks across the garment and add a little more color around the edges, waistband, and hem for shading.
Once you start adding water it is important to have a clean brush and use a good amount of water. If you start adding water to your blues and then move to your arms and face without cleaning your brush, it can cause bleeding and discoloration of the piece.
Learning how to sketch is the easy part, but actually sketching is the most difficult and takes a lot of practice. For many of us, it is not something you can do in one try it takes time to become good at it. Do not worry if your sketches are not an exact replica of Zac Posen’s sketches; it takes some time to get that good.
Also, just a little PSA for everyone the Fashion Show will be taking place March 24, so make sure to mark your calendars. More information to come.
Sew you later!